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Reading Roundup

October 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Here’s my Friday Reading Roundup with some links you might find interesting:

  1. We need a better understanding about what someone with depression is going through. This article shows us that people with depression find it difficult to distinguish between their emotions – especially between negative emotions like anger, sadness, guilt and embarrassment.
  2. Are you addicted to your work? A senior lecturer at Harvard Business School says it may be counterproductive.
  3. Science tells us that the old adage to “sleep on it” might actually help when you have to resolve big tasks and need creativity.
  4. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone”. It is released in a mother during childbirth and helps her to bond with the baby in spite of all the pain. It is also one of the hormones responsible for a sexual orgasm. The results of a recent experiment show that it might be useful to harness this hormone in the fight against alcoholism. It helped people who were trying to detox from alcohol, beat the cravings.
  5. In the past I have read convincing scientific explanations for “near death experiences”. But now a neurosurgeon is creating quite a stir. He claims that he personally had one of these “life after death” experiences.
  6. I enjoyed this post about your past’s proper place, when creating your future.
  7. A new perspective on how living with chronic pain affects your memory and mood.

Reading Roundup

August 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

Here’s my reading roundup for the week:

1.) With the recent Aurora shooting still fresh in our minds, Tim Keller tackles the problem of suffering.
2.) Time magazine reports on a research study, linking happiness with telling the truth. It turns out the Bible told us the truth about the importance of being honest (excuse the pun).
3.) Lisa Kristine gave a disturbing TEDx talk about modern day slavery.
4.) When I read the recent story on Rick Warren in Christianity Today, I once again became aware of the enormous power of small groups. I’m going to focus on this in my own ministry.
5.) Two articles – both regarding mothers and depression – caught my attention. The one is about  post partum depression and the other aboutstay-at-home-moms.
6.) A recent study has linked teen behavior problems with childhood stress. It made me think about the old adage that there is no such thing as a “problem teenager”, only a “problem parent”.
7.) When I grew up, there was an old Afrikaans song my Grandmother would always sing to me, going “Count your blessings, count them one by one”. It turns out teens that do, have a smaller risk for depression.

Reading Roundup

August 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

This week’s reading roundup:

1.) A seal dating from the 11th century B.C was recently discovered. It is possible that it depicts Samson and the lion fight. The site where it was found was close to Samson’s birthplace, several Israelite/Phillistine battlefields as well as Timnah – the place where Samson lost his heart on a girl.
2.) As a pastor I often have to help families/couples find the balance between anger and forgiveness in their relationships. This study shed some new light.
3.) Time magazine reports that psychological abuse can be just as devastating as physical abuse. It is however much harder to identify or prevent it than other abuse.
4.) Still on the topic of abuse . . . recent studies found that children who was abused – or even just exposed to abuse (i.e. domestic violence) – is more prone to develop depression later on in life.
5.) I found this to be a good article on helping the spouse of someone who is a sexual struggler. It contains some good resources as well.
6.) I wish every member of my congregation would read this article onsexual desire deficiency.
7.) A groundbreaking study in domestic violence was recently done. Every pastor who’s had to deal with this stuff, would agree with the results of causation.