Secular – Blog Carnival

Welcome to the SECULAR edition of the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival.

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It doesn’t matter if your post is a day or so late, the carnival never ends around here ;-)

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Secular – A Once in an Age or Century Event

Sequoia tree fallen across a road - with a tunnel carved though it that you can drive through

Now THAT’s a big tree.

But what’s a big tree like that got to do with the word ‘secular’?

Well, the truth is, I cheated.

I couldn’t really think of anything to write about with the word ‘secular’ without going off on a rant in one way or another and I really didn’t want to do that. So instead, I decided to take a good look at the dictionary definition of the word ‘secular’ and I found a little nugget of pure joy.

Let me show you. defines secular thus:

1.of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secular interests.
2.not pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to sacred): secular music.
3.(of education, a school, etc.) concerned with nonreligious subjects.
4.(of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order; not bound by monastic vows (opposed to regular).
5.occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.

Did you see that last one there?

‘Occurring or celebrated once in an age or century’.

The first thing I thought of when I saw that saw sequoia trees, like the one pictured above.

It is estimated that some of the oldest trees in Sequoia National Park could be as much as 3000 years old.

Stop and think about that for a moment.

Three THOUSAND years.

Talk about once in an age! Plant one of those puppies and it will be there until you are not even a long distant memory.

These trees have been growing since a 1000 years BEFORE  the birth of Christ – possibly even since around the time of the Flood.

So, seriously, they’re THAT old.

The age of these huge lumps of wood constantly astounds me.

I remember a few years ago seeing that Charles Darwin’s turtle had died… at the ripe old age of 176. That figure alone was mind boggling.

Five generations or so of my family have been born and died during that turtle’s life.


It really makes it hit home to me how short and delicate life is.

We think about once-in-a-lifetime events, the sinking of the titanic, the turn of a century or even a new millennium, the election of the first black US president or any of the momentous, life changing events that occur around the globe and we get fixated on how incredibly important they are… but we are looking at life through such a small window.

Take the reactor meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986.

The radiation leaked left the area completely uninhabitable for many generations to come but the latest estimates I’ve seen place the time until the land there is usable again at 800-900 years.

A thousand years after that, no-one would even remember what took place there … and yet, measured in terms of the lifespans of Sequoia trees, that’s no time at all.

It’s mind boggling to think of just how old the world really is and how insignificant some of our really ‘significant’ events truly are.

Yet there are those ‘secular’ events, the once-in-an-age, world shaking, future changing events that we will always remember.

The birth, death and resurrection of Christ being the three most important – and really the only three memorable.

What excited me though is that we could get to see another of those once-in-an-age events – the return of Christ.

Human history can be summed up with just seven ‘secular’ events:

  • Man was created
  • Man fell
  • The flood destroyed everyone but Noah
  • Man ignored his second chance
  • Jesus came to earth
  • Jesus died to save us
  • Jesus rose again to bring us eternal life
and then there’s one more to come, one future ‘secular’ event:
  • Christ’s triumphant return to take those who love him to be with him forever
Will you be ready? It will only happen once – once in an age events tend to be that way. So will you be ready, whenever it is?
I bet you never thought I could use the word ‘secular’ to refer to the coming of Christ, huh? 🙂


I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

12 thoughts on “Secular – Blog Carnival”

  1. Great approach to handle the secular topic, Peter. And great post about the “secular” events in our history.
    And let’s be ready for the next “secular” event that can ahppen any day now.

  2. Great job finding a definition for secular that is truly unlike anything we were expecting.
    I’m looking for to Christ coming back, though I’m glad He is waiting for people who will come to Him to do so first.

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