Tag Archives: Secular

Beyond the Sacred-Secular Divide

A real problem for many in the Church today is a tendency to divide the world into mutually exclusive compartments. One component is labeled “sacred” and has to do with the spiritual life. Everything else goes into a “secular” category. For those who … Continue reading

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Worldview and Theology

I had a stimulating discussion last week with the leadership of the Desiring God International Outreach ministry.  During the course of our conversation, they asked for my opinion on the distinction between worldview and theology. The by-line of the international … Continue reading

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The Universe is Ultimately Beautiful

The Aesthetic That God is the first and perfect artist is attested by the beauty of creation. The fact that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” establishes the metaphysical foundation for all of the arts (painting, … Continue reading

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A Prosperous & Happy Society, Created by Individuals & Institutions, 4/4

Avoiding “The Europe Syndrome” In my last two blogs, we looked at the essential roles of families, churches and civil government in fostering healthy societies, and how socialist and communist states are defined by the encroachment of the civil government … Continue reading

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New YouTube Videos about Obama, History, & Christianity

Check out http://www.YouTube.com/VishalMangalwadi in light of Obama’s upcoming inauguration.  Should he swear in on the Bible?  Plus, other interesting thoughts about race, change, merit, and politics.  We think a lot of Vishal’s work, reflections and important cultural insights. -Tim C. … Continue reading

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Is America a Christian Nation? Part 1 of 2

A few weeks ago, our good friend Ana from Brazil sent us a note with a video clip of Barack Obama’s comments on whether the USA was a Christian nation.  The tape, titled Obama and Religion, was from a message … Continue reading

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Becoming People of Influence in Order to Shape Our Language, Part 2 of 2

James Davidson Hunter, the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, has written a profound book that helps us understand the impact of language on moral development.  In his book, The Death of … Continue reading

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A Messy Christmas

“[The shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. . . But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  – Luke 2:16, 19 When my wife … Continue reading

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The Power of Words: Redefining Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Today, over 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce.  Could the skyrocketing divorce rates and broken lives left in their wake be caused, in part, by the redefinition of marriage from a legal and religious contract instituted by … Continue reading

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The Power of Words: Redefining Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

My friend and mentor Darrow Miller speaks of the power of words to shape culture.  “When God spoke,” Darrow is fond of saying, “He created the universe.  When man, who is made in God’s image, speaks, he creates culture.”  Our … Continue reading

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