Autopsy? Remains to be seen.

One of the experiences prescribed for student chaplains at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois is to witness an autopsy in the hospital morgue. So it was I found myself holding a human brain in my hands to be weighed and measured. It was a holy moment in which the scripture was brought home to me that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Ps 139:14) Doctors carefully study the deceased so that they can better help the living. It is no secret that local churches die. We see their redundant structures on rural roads and urban centers. Church consultant Thom Rainer has spent a good deal of time carefully studying deceased congregations, interviewing members, studying budgets,

Why I'm so negative

Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23) This is a word about attitude. Attitude is how you see the circumstances of your life. Your attitude truly is the “eye” of your body. Your attitude determines your reactions, decisions, choices and directions. If it is healthy you will move in positive ways to positive places for you, your family and your church. Researchers John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister at Case Western University have written extensively about the human tenden

The Poverty We Don't Talk About

To be in poverty is to be in a state of insufficient resources needed to live. We can imagine a lack of food, or fuel, or health care or housing. Few people imagine a lack of the Word of God. Bibles are everywhere. You can download one for free. But what if there were no Bibles printed in English? What if our language had no written form at all? There is such poverty in the world today. Today there are at least 2000 language groups that do not have the Bible in their native tongue. The mission of Wycliffe Bible Translators is “To see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025” I rejoice to be able to say that our church is a partner in this vital effo

Why Atheists Should Lie to their Children

Okay no one should lie to their kids but recent studies are showing the drawbacks of neglecting God in family life. Dr. Erica Komisar is an author, therapist and private practice psychiatrist specializing in children and youth. She declared in a recent article: As a therapist, I’m often asked to explain why depression and anxiety are so common among children and adolescents. One of the most important explanations—and perhaps the most neglected—is declining interest in religion. This cultural shift already has proved disastrous for millions of vulnerable young people. Recent studies have shown conclusively that children raised in religiously active families marked by weekly attendance at chur

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