Links To Go (December 10, 2018)

American Churches Are at a Tipping Point

If current trajectories continue, American churches will pass a tipping point. Our congregations will begin a likely unstoppable path toward decline that will rival many European churches of the past century. If there is not a significant movement of revitalization, there will be an accelerated rate of decline and death.

How Should We Talk to Our Kids About Santa?

Perhaps you too wonder whether you should conform to the holiday tradition of Santa Claus celebrated around the world. Logically speaking, your concerns are warranted. If we lie to our kids about Santa, then perhaps they will think we lied to them about Jesus as well.
Yet, some of my greatest childhood memories were baking cookies and putting out milk for Santa. It wasn’t until I was in second grade sitting at the lunch table that one of my best friends broke the news. I defended Santa as fiercely as a 7-year-old could.

What We Long for the Church to Do about Sexual Violence

  1. Recognize that sexual violence is in the sanctuary.
  2. Own our pasts with respect to sexual violence.
  3. Assess our congregational vulnerabilities and resources through clear-eyed, courageous evaluation.
  4. Prevent future violations by cultivating congregational climates of respect, safety, and accountability.

The Link Between August Birthdays and A.D.H.D.

These arbitrary cutoffs have important implications for the diagnosis of A.D.H.D. In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, we found that among several hundred thousand children who were born between 2007 and 2009 and followed until 2016, rates of A.D.H.D. diagnosis and treatment were 34 percent higher among children born in August than among children born in September in states with a Sept. 1 school entry-age cutoff. No such difference was found among children in states with different cutoff dates. The effects were largest among boys.

A New Connection between the Gut and the Brain

Interestingly, there is a growing body of work showing that there is communication between the gut and brain, now commonly dubbed the gut–brain axis. The disruption of the gut–brain axis contributes to a diverse range of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

I’m a Brain Doctor, and This Is What I Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s

So, let me tell you how I personally leverage the very best science to reduce my Alzheimer’s risk.

  • Eating few carbs, lots of healthy fat.
  • Supplementing here and there.
  • Working out daily.

Water on airplanes is basically E. coli soup

Those who fear E. coli and other pathogens might steer clear of the beverages brewed in-flight, as well as consider bringing their own materials to disinfect hands after a trip to the plane’s lavatory rather than washing with sink tap water.

Captain Of His Destiny: The Man Who Has Lived On A Cruise Ship For 13 Years

When Charlotte passed away 13 years ago, Captain Jablin made Seven Seas Navigator his home. He still maintains a condo in Boca Raton, Florida to keep his “stuff” and to qualify for health benefits and Social Security but it’s been three or four years since he’s set foot there, he says.

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