April 23, 2012 7:07 AM
Chuck Colson tributes
Chuck Colson is remembered in this video that follows him from Watergate criminal to minister to prisoners. For more on Chuck, go to ChuckColson.org.
Also a lovely tribute at World:
OBITUARY | Charles Colson, who went from Watergate felon to evangelical leader, has died at age 80 | Emily Belz
Photo courtesy of the Colson Center
WASHINGTON--Former Watergate felon turned evangelical leader and Prison Fellowship founder Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, died Saturday afternoon in Fairfax, Va. Colson had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage in his brain March 30 and was hospitalized ever since.
"Though we mourn the loss of a great leader, we rejoice knowing God has welcomed his humble and faithful servant home," said Prison Fellowship CEO Jim Liske in a statement. "Please continue to pray for the entire Colson family. While we all deeply feel this loss, we take heart knowing God has welcomed Chuck into paradise with a 'well done, good and faithful servant!'"
Colson started his career as a hard-nosed political operative in the Nixon White House, where Richard Nixon once told him to "break all the [expletive] china" to get the job as counsel to the president done. That led to a conviction in the Watergate proceedings for obstruction of justice--and a seven-month sentence served out at a federal prison in Alabama.
In the midst of the historic scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in 1974, Colson's self assurance and religious apathy broke after a Christian businessman friend, Tom Phillips, prayed for him. Phillips read to him from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, a passage Colson later said led to his conversion. At the time, many doubted the sincerity of Nixon's "hatchet man." Wrote one columnist, "If he isn't embarrassed by this sudden excess of piety, then surely the Lord must be."
Read more at World