Author: Ian

Think About Assisted Suicide Before You Watch Me Before You

Hollywood has a long history of conditioning people to ideas. In the 1950s, divorce was frowned upon in society at large, but it was commonly depicted on screen and practiced by movie stars until the stigma of divorce was removed. Then it was sex outside of marriage, then homosexuality, then sexual bondage and abuse. Now assisted suicide is the avante garde idea to promote. Me Before You has a sinister agenda wrapped in a lively love story. It aims to draw the viewer in emotionally while desensitizing them to the importance of the moral and ethical boundaries protecting human life. The greatest danger of this...

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Three Gospel-Centered Ways to Fight Fear

In his 1933 inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those words apply as well today as they did at the height of the Great Depression. It seems that from every side we are being bombarded with a message of fear by people who wish to manipulate our fears to advance their agenda. Fear Is All Around Us Take, for instance, the recent tragic terrorist shooting in Orlando. In the hours, not days, after the attack, various groups tried to capitalize on the fear that it struck in the hearts of...

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Biblical Principles for Wise Music Choices

Music is one of the most difficult areas in which to apply biblical principles when developing Christian convictions and setting personal standards. The Bible stresses the importance of Christian music (Colossians 3:16) and makes allusions to the existence of worldly music (Isaiah 23:15), but it never provides outright guidance regarding musical forms and styles. Many Christians take that to mean that music is amoral – any genre, style, or form is acceptable for any purpose. Ed Stetzer, for example, in a Christianity Today article on “7 Biblical Tests for Christians and Music“, says this: The form of rap is no...

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Setting Personal Standards for Spiritual Growth

Legalism is Public Enemy #1 in many evangelical circles today. The “Legalism!” flag is vigorously waved any time someone says or writes anything confronting sin or urging holiness. If you asked evangelicals to define legalism, they would typically equate it with imposing “law” or “rules” on Christians. Some argue that “God doesn’t care about your good works“, or assert that “rules and regulations . . . bring about a kind of religious moralism that is very far from genuine Chistianity“. On the other hand, I’ve heard some fundamentalists (not all of them) suggest that the term “legalism” only applies to...

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Whatever Happened to Objectivity?

Ideas have consequences.  Philosophy shapes culture. We can state that in reverse as well. Nations rise and fall on culture. Culture shifts, in turn, come from ideas. Behind the American Culture Shift It is self-evident that America (and much of the rest of the world) is experiencing a dramatic culture shift. If a person from any other era in history were to time travel to today, they would surely be astounded by what they saw. How did we get from male/female fixed categories to gender fluidity? From what epidemic of thought comes the urge to commit mass shootings? How did the...

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