Rimshots

Rimshots #16 “Apologetics”

Generally considered the branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines. The late Catholic apologist, the Bishop Fulton Sheen, argued eloquently for the practice with the following rationale: “The Church discourages bad thinking, for a bad thought set loose is more dangerous than a wild man. Thinkers live;…

Rimshots #15 “Wanting”

…we want what puts an end to wanting what we want. – John Fowles, The Aristos Wanting is a strange sort of state. It brings wonderful enjoyment when expressed in moderation so that the getting satisfies without debauching the experience. When unbridled, however, and allowed to become a passion, then it consumes and the getting…

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…

Rimshots #13 “Liberty”

Give me liberty or give me death. – Patrick Henry This oft-quoted line in the sand of the American Revolution is well remembered. What is not so remembered is the context of Henry’s words. In the current circumstances where the removal of any mention of religion, especially Christianity, is trumphet as a example of freedom…

Rimshots #12 “Offense”

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. – Sam Brown, British singer, songwriter. We Christians have reached a point where we are more worried about offending people with style, the images we project or how we present ourselves to the world, than offending people with the truth of the Gospel.…

Rimshots #11 “Morality”

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. – James Froude James Froude was a 19th century English historian who saw the flow of history as a great drama…

Rimshots #10 “Leadership”

Consensus is the absence of leadership. – Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister. Well of course, if every decision can be made by concensus of the group then there is no need for a leader, what you really need is a facilitator. While leaders can at times be facilitators, facilitators are not leaders. Judges 5:2…