My friend, it is time to come out of the closet…

The Closet Christian
“I am a closet Christian. At least, I was until now. Because in my circle, nothing is more embarrassing than being religious.” Ada Calhoun, Salon Magazine

We have every controversial group in America coming out of the closet, but many of you Christian men (and women) are still hiding in there with the light switch off and the door locked. Here you are receiving all of God’s truly remarkable blessings, and you still won’t swing open that closet door and tell the world who you are.

Tony Evans, Th.D

This post is dedicated to my friends and associates, the individuals that I have had the pleasure of participating with in cycling, swimming, running, cross country skiing, and rock climbing and mountaineering over the last couple of decades.

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Secular Humanism & It’s End Result

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The newly elected Pope, John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) of Poland, October 19, 1978. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Man can build a world without God, but this world will end by turning against him.

Pope John Paul II on secular humanism and it’s end result.

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A Place of Solace

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Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. f/2.8 @ 1/15 second.

It’s hard to imagine why any couple would simply sit quietly, huddled closely together upon the icy-cold granite outcrop, despite the howling gale and the tumultuous roar of the mighty Atlantic crashing against the rocky shoreline.

But that is exactly what my wife and I undertook one early evening in mid-August of 2014. It was a charming, itsy-bitsy place called Peggy’s Cove, situated along the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia. We almost had the quaint little locale all to ourselves. Only one straggler was lollygagging on the lee side of the statuesque white lighthouse. The octagonal tower, with balcony and lantern, has stood proudly upon the granite rock for over a century, guiding troubled and weary sailors through many a stormy night.

Our place of solace was almost desolate, barren of the hordes of tourists that visit during the daylight hours.

We envisaged ourselves to be ageless, timeless, listening to the rhythmic ocean waves pound upon the rock, like nature’s drum echoing in the hidden alcoves of an eternal mind. As the ethereal light began to vanish, I turned around and took a snapshot of that frigid, unbreakable place of many secrets. It was an idyllic place, a halcyon that brought us peace.

Just a stranger and a pair of prairie landlubbers, never to pass a word. There would be no salutation amongst shadows in the fading light.

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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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Red Bull Racing: The Excitement of Formula 1

 

Red Bull Racing, also known as Red Bull or RBR is a Formula One racing team, racing under an Austrian licence, based in the United Kingdom. It is one of two Formula One teams owned by beverage company Red Bull GmbH, the other being Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The team won four successive Constructors’ Championship titles, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, becoming the first Austrian licensed team to win the title. The team also produced the quadruple world champion driver of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Sebastian Vettel.

Managed by Christian Horner, the team has used Renault engines since 2007. Red Bull Racing then used TAG Heuer-branded Renault engines starting from the 2016 season.

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Tamiya TRF 102: Red Bull Racing
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There is nothing more exciting in the world of automobile racing than Formula 1. Red Bull Racing has been a large part of that excitement since November of 2004, over thirteen years of fabulous racing on the F1 circuit worldwide.

In all sincerity, I cannot think of another commercial sponsor/owner, like the beverage company Red Bull GmbH, that has generated more interest in F1 Racing.  It is also important to acknowledge that Red Bull has been directly involved in many other types of motorized racing, notably the Red Bull Air Race Series.

The trickle down effect of motorized racing has led to some of the most beautiful and fast  automobiles, motorbikes, boats, and planes in the world. In my opinion, society would be awfully boring if design and manufacturer of domestic and foreign automobiles, etc.,  was left to socialist governments, pencil pushers, bean counters, brain-dead environmentalist wannabe’s, and the ranks of mind-numbing state-controlled engineers. The Lada’s and VW Beetles of yesterday are a prime example of the aforementioned.

When the minds of men and women are allowed unrestricted creativity and limitless exploration in design and engineering, the fruit of their labour is Formula 1 Racing.

Update

As mentioned in several previous posts, I am slowly building up a race worthy 1:10 scale radio controlled F1 car and accessories. Life has gotten in the way of some of my grandest plans, but things are coming together quite nicely. Some of you may be involved in the sport of 1:10 scale F1 racing on indoor carpet track or outdoor paved tracks scattered around the globe. You are aware of the time and cost to build up a competitive platform, not to mention the precision driving skills necessary to put up a good fight on a tricky course. With time and dedication, I am certain that all these things will come to fruition.

I have been blessed with a very generous family, and I am aware of a few special items that will be waiting for me under the Christmas tree this year. Hopefully, those items will include a slick Futaba transmitter and receiver, a pro-level AC/DC charger from SkyRC, and a nice selection of lithium batteries to power the transmitter and car.

Extra tools (quality specialized tools are really expensive), spare tires & wheels, and miscellaneous spare parts will have to wait until sometime in the new year. Ideally, sometime in 2018, I would like to build from scratch an identical Tamiya F1 car, or perhaps something new from XRAY X1 or the RC10F6 Factory Team car from Team Associated.

In the final analysis, my new hobby is rapidly approaching the economics of purchasing and maintaining a quality road racing bike and a time trial bike. That is the problem of being a creative and imaginative person with many interests – I need to be looking constantly for ways to reduce my general interests down to the ones I love the most 😉

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The Relationship between Science and Truth

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The moon in daylight. f/8 @ 1/200 second.

It is important to recognize that modern science is NOT a pure philosophy representing a comprehensive worldview. Science is essentially a method of observation and measurement, based primarily on five traditionally recognized human senses, referred to as empiricism.

  1. Sight (vision)
  2. Hearing (audition)
  3. Taste (gustation)
  4. Smell (olfaction)
  5. Touch (somatosensation)

The rationalist presuppositions, theories, and conjecture of science DO NOT necessarily represent truth or reality in its entirety – not even close.

The philosophy underlying science does overlap with metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology, for example, when it explores the relationship between science and truth.

Science in itself, however, does NOT represent the entirety of human knowledge or experience.

A very important distinction to make.

The push of science versus religion politics today is disingenuous at best, and merely an age-old attempt to limit human thought and experience to the realm of scientific rationalism within secular humanism. This alone has huge ramifications in Western society today.

An insidious war has been declared on faith, religion, and the supernatural by those raising their ugly, arrogant, rationalist head once again.

This time in the political arenas of Canada and the US, not to mention the rest of the civilized Western world.

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Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve (Heiliger Abend) is celebrated in Germany on December 24. It is the last day of Advent and the start of the Christmas season. Many people spend the afternoon and evening decorating Christmas trees, attending church services, eating traditional dishes and opening Christmas presents.

More information on a German Christmas

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