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Posts by Rick Maude

What Does It Mean To Live In A ‘Post-Truth’ Culture?

By Akos Balogh Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016. Along with his Twitter feed, a number of new words entered mainstream discourse: ‘fake news’, ‘alternative facts’, and ‘post-truth’. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionaries selected ‘post-truth’ as 2016’s Word of the Year. Christian author Abdu Murray picks up on this ‘post-truth’ turning point in his book Saving Truth: Finding…

Could This One Question End The Abortion Debate?

by Akos Balough Could one simple question end the abortion debate? Could this question bring clarity and agreement, no matter which side of the fence you’re sitting on? It might seem unlikely, but I think it could. And it would do this by shifting the abortion narrative – the story that so much of our culture believes about abortion.  The Current Abortion Narrative TV…

The Delusion At the Heart of Secular Freedom

Akos Balogh Freedom is the ultimate value of our secular age. We hear it in song. We see it on Netflix. And we desire it for ourselves. While there are many definitions and types of freedom, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor sums up the today’s secular view of freedom: Let each person do their own thing, and…one shouldn’t criticize the others’ values, because…

Can Forgiveness Survive In The Post Christian West?

By Akos Balogh On September 6, 2018, off-duty Dallas Police Amber Guyger entered the apartment of Botham Jean and fatally shot him. (Guyger said she entered the apartment believing it was her own, and that she shot Jean believing he was a burglar). On October 1, 2019, Guyger was found guilty of murder. In the courtroom, the victim’s brother, Brandt, had this to…

Suffering, Perseverance and God’s Infallible Plan

12/08/2019  |  Richard Chin   He was brutally executed for high treason. After being arrested and tried, he was stripped naked, dragged through the streets, hung almost to the point of death, pulled limb from limb, disemboweled, and beheaded. His body was then quartered and sent to the four corners of England as a powerful warning. On August 23rd, 1305, William Wallace became a martyr…

The Cross (5/6): The Garden of Tears

| ​Rory Shiner  “It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit) In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins must…

The Cross (4/6) Covenant Renewal, Participation, and Politics

 ​Rory Shiner   The vast majority of churches celebrate a meal variously called “the Lord’s Supper”, “Holy Communion” or “the Eucharist”. Having in the previous article made a study of the Last Supper, what bearing might this have on our understanding of the Lord’s Supper? Covenant Renewal Many of the debates around the Lord’s Supper focus on the question of elements themselves.[1] Is the…

The Cross (3/6) The Passover

| ​Rory Shiner  “This is my body, which is for you”—Jesus on the death of Jesus Ty Treadwell’s book The Last Supper is a record of the final meals chosen by inmates on death row. Victor Fugeur (hung 1963) chose for his last meal a single olive. John Wayne Gacy (executed 1994) choose a bucket of Original Recipe KFC, deep-fried prawns, chips, and a punnet…