Shattering the Stained Glass

When most people hear the word "church," the general image which flashes through the mind is a building with pretty glass windows and a steeple. It was never intended to be that way, however. The church was originally meant to be people, with one common belief (the Gospel), spread out through the world, living to be servants of others. What happened to the original design of the church? How much change can a Christian bring about from the pew on Sunday morning? I’m not saying the congregational churches are bad things. Rather, I believe they are a necessary environment for a growing Christian. However, we have started to limit the church’s work to 9AM through 12 PM on Sundays. After that, the pastor, and church staff are responsible for being the church, until 9 AM the next Sunday. My thought is that we bust through the pretty stained glass and start living our lives as the church, every day of the week, morning noon and night. We should not "hide" in a pretty building. The world is on to our fake lives, and does not, for one second, believe our lives are as pretty as we pretend. Rather than encouraging people to consider our faith, our masquerade frustrates them to a point where they don’t care what we have to say, Christianity is simply unappealing, because of all the lies. I think it’s time to stop trying to pretty and perfect, and show the world what’s real.

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat to good health and well-being

Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.

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  • Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
  • As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
  • If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
  • Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
  • By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
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  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

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Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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Scientists find a horrible new way cocaine can damage your brain

Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.

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Mind & Brain
  • Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
  • Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
  • Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
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