Rimshots

Rimshots #26 Traveling, the Journey

“For it is a sin against the reason to tell men that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive; and when once they believe it, they travel hopefully no longer.” C. K. Chesterton The modern concept of a journey’s purpose being the journey itself is a bunch of BS.  This kind of thinking has…

Rimshots # 25 “Oxymorons”

“Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence.” Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam That statement is remarkable in its oxymoronic candor. Some have tried to call it paradoxical, which does disservice to the word. However, the statement does illustrate a problem that appears epidemic in the Muslim world in which its…

Rimshots #24 “Change”

“Figure out what changes, what doesn’t change, and what you want to change.” Anne Hartman, Essex Partners There are many aphorisms dealing with change. One well known one that was very popular several years ago was The Serenity Prayer. God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change…

Rimshots #23 Eternal Aquisitions

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot, Christian missionary martyred in 1956 in Ecuador by the Huaorani tribesmen (called at the time Auca Indians). His wife, Elizabeth, later returned to convert the tribe that had killed her husband. This quote from Jim Elliot…

Rimshots #22 “Success”

“…what really matters in life is not so much what we do. What matters most is what God chooses to do through us.” Charles “Chuck” Colson. Our culture is enamored with success. With some areas of success come fame, witness athletes, authors, movie directors, musicians, and many others. Part of the equation of cultural success…

Rimshots #21 “Truth And Freedom”

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32. Of all of the words of Jesus used by secular speakers, this is one of the favorites. Gloria Steinem even used a form of this biblical aphorism in her speeches. Gloria said “The truth will set you free…but first it will…

Rimshots #20 “The Right Word”

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) HT out-there-q As a writer I see that as so true, but more so as a Christian. Jesus told his hearers that not one…

Rimshots #19 “Political Correctness”

“Political correctness is just tyranny with manners.” Charlton Heston This is as good a definition as I have ever heard of the phenomena. The definition at Wikipedia goes on for almost 3200 words. The thing that bothers me most about the inroads of PC is how utterly destructive and unforgiving it is. Whole careers are…

Rimshots #18 “Elitism”

William A. Henry in Defense of Elitism wrote, “The very essence of school is elitism. Schools exist to teach, to test, to rank hierarchically, to promote the idea that knowing and understanding more is better …” In essence, schools exist to make distinctions. Therefore you could argue that by elitism Henry means the making of…

Rimshots #17 “Hell”

“Hell is a debtor’s prison where all means of payment have disappeared.” William Meisheid 1/30/05 Sometimes my mind goes off on tangent while listening to a sermon, since the preacher’s words often spark rabbit trails that my attention readily scurries down. This Sunday I was struck by the thought that hell was a place where…