Skin-Deep Secularism: Thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3HR20Pc0ASkIK1XwjG6yjt?si=EIhDZOMRS_2CcvifnqDH5A If you haven’t heard, the Middle-earth series that Amazon is dropping an unbelievable amount of money to produce is called The Rings of Power. Its first trailer came out a few weeks ago, and it was met with a sizable negative response. In fact, most of the positive reactions that I have encountered essentially …

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Visionless in a Visual Age

https://open.spotify.com/episode/55jpBoVCr069TdWrh0zmM9?si=Hasc9NoeQmWgpp50z-y_nQ I have a thought or two about the whole Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict. But let me first say that I am glad that the calling of a pastor does not include the requirement of being a cultural commentator. I am too slow of thought to have something scriptural and meaningful say before social …

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Vanity Under the Sun

Yet I Know That It Will Be Well | Ecclesiastes 8

You may have noticed that this sermon is not on the Gospel of Mark. I was invited to be a guest preacher at another church yesterday, and I was given Ecclesiastes 8 to preach. It was joyous to be back in Ecclesiastes again, and I pray that the sermon will be a blessing to you …

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Biblical Wisdom

The LORD Weighs the Heart | Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2 ESV As this verse states, self-justification comes all too easy. For example, I immediately condemn the driver who cuts me off, but whenever I cut someone off, then it is justified as being either an accident or …

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Avoid Such People: Responding to the Secular Creed

Throughout this series, we have said much about secularism, particularly through each statement of the Secular Creed. However, if we stopped the discussion there, we might very well be left with the age-old question: so what? I aim to answer that very question with this final post by thinking through how Christians should respond to …

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Mob: The Ethics of the Secular Religion

With the actual six statements of the Secular Creed now covered, I desire to explore a bit further the concept of secularism. Particularly in this post, my aim is to discuss how secularism is not the irreligious framework that it thinks it is; instead, secularism is a religion. More specifically, it is the dominate orthodoxy …

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Kindness Is Everything

We come now to the conclusion of the Secular Creed, and after so many controversial issues permeating the five prior statements, Kindness Is Everything is fairly easy to overlook because of how pleasant and inarguable it sounds. In fact, in a Mashable article that describes the origin of this house-sign, they briefly describe the beginnings …

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Science Is Real

Science is real, from the Big Bang to DNA. Science is real, from evolution to the Milky Way. I like the stories about angels, unicorns, and elves. Now I like those stories as much as anybody else, but when I’m seeking knowledge, either simple or abstract, the facts are with science. The facts are with …

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What Is Cultural Marxism (& Why Is It Dangerous)? | Melvin Tinker

Today's post was supposed to be Science Is Real, continuing our study An Appearance of Godliness. However, after deciding to go on a fairly last-minute vacation with my family this week, I haven't had as much time to prepare the post, and I would much rather put in on hold for another week than rush …

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No Human Is Illegal

This third phrase of the Secular Creed, No Human Is Illegal, is concerned with the ethics of immigration and, particularly, the ethical treatment of immigrants. This is a topic that is dear to my heart. Although I am not an immigrant, I do know the experience of being a foreigner in a country not my …

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