RaMbLeS

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.

Humanitarian?

March 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Humanitarian?

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 →

Nature!

February 23rd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Nature!

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 →

Chatting!

February 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Chatting!

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 →

Kindness!

February 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Kindness!

“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 →

Doctor!

February 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Doctor!

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 →

Jam!

January 26th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Jam!

Texas A&M’s Transportation Instituted reported:

According to the Urban Mobility Scorecard, travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours—42 hours per rush-hour commuter. The total nationwide price tag: $160 billion, or $960 per commuter.”

They say that drivers have to plan more than twice as much travel time as would need in light traffic…   Read more →

Wallpaper?

January 19th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Wallpaper?

In 1862, Richard Turner, a bricklayer, and his wife lost all four of their children to a mysterious illness.

The first was thought to have suffered from diphtheria, and so was the second. Within days the third child died. When the fourth, Ann Amelia, began to display the same symptoms, Dr. Orton, one of Victorian London’s distinguished physicians, was called in.

Orton’s notes describe Ann Amelia “suffering from extreme prostration, racked with pain, and unable to swallow.”…   Read more →

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