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Search Engine Serendipity

I have had a number of people come to my site today using the same search request (over six fourteen so far). The odd thing is that they are from all over the world and they are using different search engines. They are all looking for “there are no atheists in fox holes” and they…

Zeal Without Knowledge

Colonel David Hackworth died of bladder cancer today. He was one of the most decorated veterans in U.S. history and spent the retired portion of his life working as an outspoken advocate forf the American soldier. I respected Colonel Hackworth and being a Vietnam era veteran who lost a brother during the TET offensive, I…

Taxes And What God Expects

We finished our taxes today and it feels so good to get our books closed for 2004. Taxes are one of those things in life, like one’s weight, that you try to minimize as much as possible. Fortunately for us our accountant is also a longtime friend and her visits are more than just doing…

Tradition

With the death of Pope John Paul II, the enlivened dialog between Catholics and Protestants that his passing has facilitated frequently crashes on the rocks of tradition. With that in mind, I thought I would repost a section of my earlier post on Starting Point: Sola Scriptura, that includes my views on tradition. For your…

Lent: Day Eight

I am down sick and am spending a lot of time sleeping. I should take advantage of the time to pray more but there is a strong resistance there and I am having a hard time breaking through it. There is so much to say but not the energy and focus to develop a posting.…

Resume Posting

Beyond The Rim… will resume posting Tuesday, January 25th. Thank you for all your prayers and concerns as life’s transitions and unscheduled events take up the time I previously had for writing. It is time to get back on track. Grace and the peace that passes understanding to everyone, to keep their hearts and minds…

Site Transfer Almost Finished

I am almost finished transferring my websites to the their new server. This has been a bear for me and if everything continues to work on the new site I should be up and posting by Wednesday evening, January 12th, at the latest. Update: The site transfer is now complete. Everything now points to the…

Rimshots #14 “Equivalent”

The very definition of the real becomes: that of which it is possible to give an equivalent reproduction…. The real is not only what can be reproduced, but that which is always already reproduced. – Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Simulations, pt. 2, “The Hyperrealism of Simulation,” (1983). I think this is the fundamental…

Knowing God Will Be Late

I am sorry but this week’s Theological Thursday: Knowing God session will be late. Events have conspired to limit time and resources and getting the first chapter study into written form has proven to harder than I expected. When teaching I can just talk, which those of you out there who are verbal thinkers can…