An Unspoken Language?

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An early circular ichthys symbol, created by combining the Greek letters ΙΧΘΥΣ 

There is a story told of the modern “fish” symbol so prevalent amongst North American Evangelical Christians. One can see it on the bumpers of cars, on jewelry and t-shirts alike. The fish symbol has become almost as popular as the “cross” amongst certain religious subcultures in modern society.

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RC Racing: Formula 1 (Part 2)

Tamiya TRF 102: Red Bull Racing

 

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RC Racing: Formula 1

When an individual first starts RC Racing, one of the most difficult decisions to make is deciding which scale, racing class, and type of car chassis and electronics to burn our money on.

The history of indoor and outdoor RC racing is quite convoluted in North America. Its popularity seems to follow the ebb and flow of the American economy. One thing I did notice was that, historically, each time something rather simple, fun, and relatively inexpensive comes to the world of RC racing, manufacturers and retailers turn that simplicity into a complex monster that eats up one’s hard earned cash faster than you can say wahoo!

Recently, I have been taking a good, hard look at the racing scene locally and considering what it would take to be competitive in that environment. Learning to be a skilled, consistent driver is most important to me.

The quality of car(s) and hop-up potential is secondary to developing good driving skills.

Formula 1 and GT class racing, in real life, has always appealed to me. Although I have never had the privilege of viewing an F1 race in person, I just love watching the racing online or on the big screen. Perhaps, the 2018 Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix in Montreal might just end up on my bucket list of things to do in 2018.

A few days ago I visited a local hobby shop and spoke at length with the owner, a seasoned RC racer himself. He was kind enough to show me a selection of his racing cars, including a rather beautiful Tamiya 1:10 scale Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car.

Trust me on this, once you see the inner workings of a high-end pan-type carbon fibre chassis of a 1:10 scale F1 car, everything else seems to be just run-of-the-mill plastic or nylon junk.

Needless to say, I thought about the Tamiya F1 for a day or two and then made another inquiry. The owner seemed generous and was willing to sell the pre-built kit, including motor, servo, ESC, and battery for a reasonable price. I jumped the gun on this one – hopefully I will not regret it down the road.

I suppose, in the final analysis, the car makes a nice Shelf Queen and a terrific conversational piece.

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The Nature of Truth: Communication Meltdown

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Even for those of us who have been taught to think critically and to validate our sources, it is very difficult to know what constitutes truth anymore. When truth becomes relative and opinions are viewed as fact, we are heading for a meltdown in communication.

EclecticChoices, August 29th, 2017.

Sadly, social media is leading entire societies down that rabbit hole. Just ask Alice.

Speak the truth, write the truth, live the truth. Light chases away darkness. There is no other way to correct the orientation of an upside down world.

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow.

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Life Lesson: Truth & Justice Will Always Prevail

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One of the most important things I have learned in my lifetime, is that truth, and subsequent justice, invariably has a way of wiggling itself out from behind a veil of darkness and into the light of public perception and eventual understanding.

It may take but a moment, it may take a lifetime, but factuality and fairness will have its day.

EclecticChoices, November 14, 2016

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow.

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American Idol: The Projection of Worship

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You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Lyrics written by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan got one thing right, “you’re gonna have to serve somebody”. He instinctively understood, from his own life experience, the natural tendency of music fans to make idols out of those they follow.

Those whom we idolize tend to influence and/or dominate entire areas of our lives. We follow and even imitate the very idols we worship, often through our manner of dress – our incessant consumerism, driven to be like those whom we admire and chase after, with a zeal and passion deserving of only one person, Jesus Christ.

Instead of worshipping our Creator, we bow down to the idols of our own making. In America, professional sport personalties, Hollywood actors, celebrated musicians, and even Nascar drivers have become the gods of contemporary culture. In our persistent, narcissistic love of ourselves, we have violated the first two commandments, thus neglecting to worship the true God of Heaven.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

It would be a disservice to Dylan to not acknowledge how easy it is for us to be swept up in the antichrist cultural norms so prevalent in North American society today. Extracting oneself from that upside down world of idolatry becomes a daily task of huge significance.

It begins with a repentant and contrite heart. A willingness to change, and a personal commitment to forsake idols and idolatry in any which way this is made manifest in contemporary society. But, that alone is not enough.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 NIV

Change is inevitable

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