Tuesday, June 22, 2010

So boys and girls...

...really ARE different. Especially from a Physical Therapy standpoint. There are statistically significant gender-based differences in certain types of soccer injuries, in particular
  • Girls, possibly due to weaker neck muscles (article hypothesis), get more cranial and facial injuries than do boys. Translation: concussions.
  • Boys injure the lower leg more than twice as often as do girls.
  • Due to factors not known but guessable, "girls are more likely to tear a ligament on their supporting leg, whereas boys are more prone to injure their dominant leg."
  • Girls tear the ACL much more often than do boys, who tend to injure the ankle instead.
Not to discourage anyone from playing, but it does have its risks. A friend from college has no ligaments in his right knee because of soccer-related injuries.

Foods and drugs

What not to eat when you're taking certain meds, due to risk of either under- or over-dosing:
  • Grapefruits and other citrus with statins (anti-high cholesterol).
  • Chocolate with antidepressants (exacerbates effects).
  • Milk with certain antibiotics.
  • Fish (sources of omega-3 fatty acids, very good for you) with warfarin and other anticoagulants (blood thinners).
  • Ginger with Tamiflu (decreases effects).
  • Porter-type beer with tamoxifen and other cancer drugs.
  • Black pepper with fexofenadine (Allegra).
  • Black tea with virtually all drugs.

Another example of man doing science as it should be done, thinking God's thoughts (in this case, using His plants) after Him: an MS drug from natural sources.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pentecost 4 (Proper 7)

Today's readings: Isaiah 65:1-9, Galatians 3:23-4:7, and Luke 8:26-39 (sermon text).

Christ and His disciples were, for once, on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee, a non-Jewish area (the Decapolis). Part one of the story - the demoniac was waiting for Him, for Legion knew who God was. Faced with this divine power, Legion fell down and asked for mercy (not forgiveness), confessing Jesus as God's Son, but not his Lord. Isn't it sad that demons have more knowledge of God than does the average Christian? But they do not have love for Him, only fear.

Satan kept breaking earthly chains and making his possession destroy other earthly objects (rocks, clothes). Legion begged not to be cast into hell right away, to be free to roam the earth (albeit leashed). So Jesus transferred them to pigs, unclean animals Legion subsequently destroyed.

Part two: shocked herdsmen (compare/contrast with the Christmas situation) told the happening. The now-ex-demoniac was clothed (white robes of righteousness...) and in his right mind (chasing after God). So are we after Baptism. Let us not, as the Gentiles there, look at this miracle with fear, rejection, and unbelief. Let us remain cleansed, as followers of Christ, telling in our homes and spheres what He has done for us. Go, clean, sane, and clothed.

Soli Deo gloria.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pentecost 4 (3?)

Sorry, but the lectionary is being decidedly unhelpful. Today's readings were 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-14; Galatians 2:15-21, 3:10-14; and Luke 7:36-8:3.

Why do we gather weekly at church? We, sinners, need Christ's forgiveness. As Christians, we follow Christ not because of His moral teachings but because He died for our sin. The readings are rife with forgiveness; indeed, it is the heart and soul of our faith.

From the Old Testament reading...David, after being convicted of adultery, and confessing it, is forgiven. It was really a series of sins: (1) He abdicated his kingly responsibility by staying home when his obligation was to go to battle; (2) Idly walking with this new-found time, he saw Bathsheba bathing and indulged his lust, finding out first that she was married; (3) He committed adultery anyway; (4) Upon Uriah's return, David got him drunk and sent him right back; (5) David arranged for Uriah's demise, involving Joab and the entire Israelite army in his sin. Nathan's story convicted David by the word of his own mouth; he repented and was forgiven. God restored even this despicable sinner! What love is this!

From the other readings...Peter denied Christ thrice - and was forgiven. Paul persecuted Christians from Jerusalem to Damascus - and was forgiven and transformed in a very dramatic way. Search a little farther yourself for other examples.

Are you less sinful? Not at all. Each of you has sinned against God - who forgives you when you repent. This is central and constant to our faith. Take advantage of the love of Jesus, your heart and soul!

Soli Deo gloria.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pentecost 3

It's that time of year again...the season of the Church! Today's readings were Genesis 50:15-21 (sermon text); Acts 2:14a, 36-47; and Luke 6:27-42.

The time of the Church is a time to learn the teachings of Christ, our Husband. "Turn the other cheek," Jesus tells us today, during the so-called, law-filled Sermon on the Plain. Joseph, in Genesis 50, sets an example of this teaching. His brothers, due to jealousy, stole his robe, lied to their father, and sold Joseph into slavery.

Fast-forward to the famine. Joseph had used God's gifts to gain a position of tremendous responsibility - vice-Pharaoh! He was therefore able to help by managing food. After messing (so to speak) with his brothers, he revealed himself. Here he could have given them what they expected; he rewarded them with grace instead. Again he cared for them and their children once Jacob died.

Christ cuts our hearts: Turn the other cheek. Get rid of deeds offensive to Me. Faces are sensitive; so is our pride. He goes further: Love your enemy, the one you by definition don't love. Give without expecting repayment, no principal or interest, to friend and enemy. Don't judge or condemn; let God. More daggers...be perfect as your Father is perfect.

Not the final word! else we'd all be sunk. Remember that Joseph is a picture of Christ. You no longer do good works, but Christ who lives in you, acting by reigning over your will! With Him, you are able (and have no excuse) to turn the other cheek, to love enemies, to give freely, to refrain from your Father's role. Live in the Gospel after dying in the Law. For Christ has done all for you.

Soli Deo gloria.