links to 4 helpful articles

1. 5 Ways to Jump Start Your Day [essential reading]

“The following are five practices that have been helpful to me. I am not prescribing these to you. Rather, I am simply describing what has been helpful to me. Perhaps one or more of these might be helpful to you as well. … Start the day with what feeds your soul. … Start the day with prayer. … Start the day with mapping out the day. … Start the day before morning. … Start the day by choosing to be grateful.”

2. Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? The Craig-Ehrman Debate

“… I cannot explain the rise of early Christianity unless Jesus rose again, leaving an empty tomb behind him.”

3. Calvinism and the Assurance of Salvation

“Ultimately, assurance of salvation is sought by examining what is properly the very foundation of salvation: God’s love.”

4. Should You Take Aspirin Every Day? Here’s What the Science Says

“Aspirin is best known as an over-the-counter painkiller. But acetylsalicylic acid, as it’s called chemically, has many other health benefits, as well as side effects, in the body that have only become clear in recent years.”

links to 4 helpful articles

1. The Strange Gift of Alzheimer’s: Lessons from My Dying Father

“… our value is underwritten by God’s memory of us — not our memory of God.”

2. How Vanishing Biblical Sites Warn of Our Spiritual Lives

“We will find it much easier to maintain our convictions by a simple, daily commitment to God’s Word rather than trying to dig up old truths beneath years of neglect.”

3. The Origins of Democracy

“In looking for the origins of democracy, in fact, we will not find an unbroken tradition linking the democracies of the ancient world to those of the modern age. Democratic ideals and values disappeared from western Europe during the Middle Ages, and when they resurfaced in the 17th and 18th centuries, they were very different from their ancient predecessors. The roots of modern democracies lie in more recent times.”

4. Three Ways to Clear Up Space on You Smartphone

“Here are some of the best things to delete when you need space, and how to do it.”

links to 5 helpful articles

1. A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley [essential reading]

“For longtime tech leaders, watching how the tools they built affect their children has felt like a reckoning on their life and work.”

2. The Hidden Reasons Why Alzheimer’s Caregivers Are So Stressed

“… a recent study estimated that Alzheimer’s diagnoses will more than double over the next four decades as the U.S. population ages.”

3. The Church is Not a Restaurant

“In a consumer-oriented society, the default orientation for church attenders is to see their local congregation as a dispenser of religious goods and services.”

4. Five Myths the Church Often Believes About Domestic Violence

“Statistically, victims will return to the destructive relationship seven times before they leave for good.”

5. Book of Revelation: What Most Evangelicals Entirely Miss

“Revelation is about the reality of evil, the war with evil, and the defeat of evil, and the eradication of evil.”

links to 3 interesting articles

1. Then They Came For Me

“Niemöller’s life is a paradigm of socio-ethical sanctification. Any reading of this book will help pastors especially to become more patient with themselves and with others, and perhaps encourage them to tell their own stories honestly — stories of growth and changing course.”

2. Alzheimer’s disease: mounting evidence that herpes virus is a cause

“It’s important to note that all studies, including our own, only show an association between the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s – they don’t prove that the virus is an actual cause. Probably the only way to prove that a microbe is a cause of a disease is to show that an occurrence of the disease is greatly reduced either by targeting the microbe with a specific anti-microbial agent or by specific vaccination against the microbe. Excitingly, successful prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by use of specific anti-herpes agents has now been demonstrated in a large-scale population study in Taiwan.”

3. This Is the Most Lucrative Moment in History to Catch Bass

“The number of BASS-affiliated college clubs has increased to 179, from 71 in 2012. And participation in high school clubs has boomed even more, to over 10,000 members from 793 in 2013. At least seven colleges now offer bass fishing scholarships.”

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Alzheimer’s & parenting: How Do You Tell Your Kids That You’ve Got Alzheimer’s? [required reading/listening]

“This is the first in a series, ‘Inside Alzheimer’s,’ about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O’Brien was … [diagnosed]. … In the … years since his diagnosis, O’Brien has turned his writer’s focus on himself and published a memoir (http://onpluto.org/), On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. For as long as he’s able, O’Brien says, he’ll continue to talk about what he’s going through.”

Archaeology, ISIS & Ninevah: ISIS Detonates Large Parts of Nineveh Historical Wall

” … ISIS militants blew up today large parts and expanses of the archaeological wall of Nineveh in al-Tahrir neighborhood … The Wall of Nineveh is one of the most distinctive archaeological monuments in Iraq and the Middle East … dates back to the Assyrian civilization.”

Bible & dogs: No, No, Bad Dog: Dogs in the Bible

“The word for dog in Hebrew is celeb, from which the name Caleb derives. Due to the negative attribution of dogs for the ancient Israelites, it is surprising that one of the great Hebrew spies bears this name.”

Culture, deception & lies: 5 Lies American Culture Feeds Us Every Day

“We’ve gotten so used to hearing these, we forget they’re not even true. … You can be anything you want to be. … Your actions have no bearing on anyone else. … There is only one road you can take. … Individualism is a noble pursuit. … If you are not busy, you are lazy.”

Education, learning, ministry & scholarship: What I Learned in Seminary [required reading]

“Scripture is a dynamic Story in which God’s people continue to participate. … Community enhances learning. … Hold tightly to your convictions but not so tightly that you don’t allow God to change them. … Theology should lead to relationship and practice. … The more you learn about God, the more you realize how much you don’t know.”

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Alzheimer’s: A Basic Eye Exam Could Catch Alzheimer’s Sooner

“Two different research groups have found techniques that might be able to catch Alzheimer’s early using routine eye exams. This is great news because many doctors believe that finding the disease early is a key to treating it.”

Benevolence, clothing, deception & scams: Fake Clothing Drop Bins Use Your “Charity” Donations To Make a Profit

“… a proliferation of fake clothing donation bins.”

Bible reading: Living for God Without Reading Your Bible? Don’t Even Try It!

“The Christian life should come with a warning label. ‘Try this without the Scriptures as your constant guide and you will fail.'”

Poor & poverty: * This is What Happened When I Drove My Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps; * Changes in Areas With Concentrated
Poverty: 2000 to 2010

* “In just two months, we’d gone from making a combined $120,000 a year to making just $25,000 and leeching out funds to a mortgage we couldn’t afford. Our savings dwindled, then disappeared. So I did what I had to do. I signed up for Medicaid and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It’s not easy. …”

“The stares, the faux concern, the pity, the outrage — I hated it. … That’s the funny thing about being poor. Everyone has an opinion on it, and everyone feels entitled to share. That was especially true about my husband’s Mercedes. Over and over again, people asked why we kept that car, offering to sell it in their yards or on the Internet for us.”

* “In 2010, approximately 14.9 percent of the total U.S. population lived in poverty. … Between 1990 and 2000, the percentage of people living in poverty areas fell from 20.0 percent to 18.1 percent. This trend was reversed in the past decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of people living in poverty areas grew from 18.1 percent to 25.7 percent. While the overall population grew by 10 per – cent over the decade, the number of people living in poverty areas grew by about 56 percent.”

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Alzheimer’s, communication, compassion, respect & sensitivity: 5 Things to Never Say to a Person With Alzheimer’s

“When relating to a person with Alzheimer’s, there are many guidelines to follow. I’m going to discuss five of the most basic ones here: (1) Don’t tell them they are wrong about something, (2) Don’t argue with them, (3) Don’t ask if they remember something, (4) Don’t remind them that their spouse, parent or other loved one is dead, and (5) Don’t bring up topics that may upset them.”

Attitude, admiration, behavior, character & emulation: Five People I Admire [required reading]

“1. I admire people who are respectful and gracious in their speech. … 2. I admire people who are quick to say ‘I’m sorry.’ … 3. I admire people who build up instead of destroy. … 4. I admire people who don’t have to be the center of attention. … 5. I admire people who spread joy instead of cynicism.”

Awkwardness, friendship, generations & vulnerability: The Silver Lining of Awkwardness [required reading]

“An opportunity is buried inside each of your awkward moments. … Awkwardness is an invitation to vulnerability. And vulnerability is where friendship is born.”

Hispanics & politics: Finding a Place: Hispanic Faith, Work and Identity

“It’s the middle of another election year. And while midterms historically draw a smaller crowd of voters, they bring to the forefront of political conversation a variety of issues intended to energize voter bases and solidify party candidates. Predictably, one of those issues is once again immigration.”

Maps: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

“Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.”

Marriage & relationships: Eight Things Healthy Couples Don’t Do

“It’s often harder to see the good relationships, because they aren’t out slamming doors and stomping around and airing grievances on social media. Here are eight things healthy couples don’t do …”

Reflection, silence & spiritual growth: Screwtape and Silence

“Why we need times of quiet reflection — and why the devil hates them.”