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    ‘Tis Better to Give Than to Receive…Or So They Say!

    ‘Tis Better to Give Than to Receive…Or So They Say!

    During this time of year I am always reminded that it is better to give then to receive. Not because it’s what we’re supposed to do, but because I feel good when I give and I have a hard time receiving. For years my family and friends have thought my giving/receiving theory was neurotic, but now science has proven me right.

    A recent study from Harvard University found that when one gives a gift to another, the brain releases dopamine, (the same response your body has to eating a piece of chocolate cake or being intimate), eliciting a feeling of satisfaction…

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    You’re Next!

    You’re Next!

    It has finally happened. (I didn’t know who would be the first to fall, but it’s not shocking that it would be one of only two countries in the world named after a European monarch.) Last Friday, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) voted to prohibit their doctor members from smoking. If you are a doctor in the Philippines, you are no longer allowed to smoke. If you don’t stop, there will be penalties. And, citizens are encouraged to turn violators into the PMA.

    According to Oscar Tinio, PMA president, “Physicians must be role models on matters…

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    Love and Cigarettes in Night of the Iguana

    Love and Cigarettes in Night of the Iguana

    Tennessee Williams’s play, Night of the Iguana, is the story of a defrocked Episcopal minister, the Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon, who after leaving the ministry, takes up giving bus tours through Mexico. On a trip he is leading with women teachers from a Baptist college in Texas, Shannon becomes romantically entangled with the 17-year-old niece of the matriarch of the group. Though Shannon is innocent of the charges she lodges against him, the stern matriarch decides to ruin Shannon’s career as a tour guide and in the process uncovers his past. Shannon begins to fall apart and has a…

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    Woman Getting Her Truck Towed

    More proof that the Law is incapable of producing that which it commands:

    An Amazing Headline…And Warning!

    “Ohio Transgender Woman Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Exercising Husband to Death”

    Click on the headline for the full story.

    Pastoral Theology

    The Gospel and Tourism

    The Gospel and Tourism

    While in seminary in England, I took a class on leadership with a professor named Simon Walker. I only signed up because it was expensive and my seminary would pay for it, and, I thought it would help with inter-seminary relations. Even so, me being me, I skipped the first class to go to Stonehenge. My absence was duly noted and prompted Simon Walker to exclaim to those present, “In the many years I have been teaching this class, this is the first time anyone has ever missed the first meeting.” In the end, however, it proved to be…

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