Welcome to RaMbLeS, a collection of weekly musings on life and Scripture. It all began in 2005 on Google’s blogspot as the aBeLOG (a name now recycled), a semi-autobiographical devotional that attempted to keep well-wishers abreast of my activities as I relocated to Scotland for a few years. Since my return, I’ve continued my RaMbLeS, and here’s its most recent incarnation on HOMILETIX.


March 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


It is said that toward the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper: “The merchant of death is dead. Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”

Apparently, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died; somebody on the paper had bungled the epitaph. Needless to say,…   Read more →


March 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


That people don’t want to die, but live forever is well attested.

As a character in the 1975 Woody Allen play, Death, said:

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

The first emperor of a united China, Qin Shi Huang, who ruled from 220–210 B.C.E., tried some stunts to keep himself alive (more about that here).

Another report from ye olde country, China, came last October.

A bronze pot was discovered by archaeologists in a…   Read more →


March 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


John H. Evans, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego, discussed his book What is a Human (Oxford University Press) in the magazine New Scientist.

He talked about his research that analyzed survey data from 3,500 U.S. adults that led to a (not so) surprising conclusion: Those who believed humans bear the image of God held more humanitarian attitudes than those who did not.

People act on what they think is true. So Evans wanted to boil down the…   Read more →


February 23rd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


You’re in a bad mood? Easy cure. Just go outside.

So claim psychology researchers at the University of Regina, Regina, Canada, in “Nature Contact and Mood Benefits: Contact Duration and Mood Type,” published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.

It seems evident that contact with the outdoors is generally beneficial to human health and wellbeing. But this article points out the specific emotional benefits of being outside—intensity (how much), frequency (how often),…   Read more →


February 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A recent UK-wide survey of 2,000 families with children below 14 years of age—conducted by CensusWide—revealed an interesting fact: On average those kids were spending 23 hours a week on smartphones and similar gadgets (3:18 hours a day)—twice as much time they spend conversing with their parents—12 hours a week (1:43 hours a day)!

This comes after England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, issued a warning to parents to take control of their child’s…   Read more →


February 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


“Soothing Your Heart and Feeling Connected: A New Experimental Paradigm to Study the Benefits of Self-Compassion” in Clinical Psychological Science, by researchers from University of Exeter, University of Oxford (U.K.). and Otto-von-Guericke University (Germany), was remarkable article that came out recently.

Thinking kind thoughts has tangible health benefits, apparently.

The researchers studied 135 healthy subjects in various groups. Those who were first instructed…   Read more →


February 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Nowadays, my patients already know who I am, where I went to school, my Dallas Seminary affiliation, and a host of other factoids about me, even before they enter my exam room.

It’s the age of the internet, after all.

Reviews, credentials, ethnicity—everything about every doctor is freely available somewhere online.

And one would suspect that all of these data are somehow important in improving the health of patients.

Bedside manner? Well, it’s nice to have a physician…   Read more →

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