Category Archives: Reflections

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s 19th century satire poked fun at the human tendency to pretend that we are things we are not. Even Christians put on airs, trying to convince the world that everything in life is … Continue reading

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No one is exempt

No one is exempt A recent report identified some of the most common sources of poor mental health: criticism and conflict, family problems, stress, depression, burnout, sexual problems, and financial problems. The respondents reported that their job expectations were often … Continue reading

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Viewpoint Article: Chronic Stress and our Health

Viewpoint Article: Chronic Stress and our Health Some stressors are abrupt, loud, and impossible to miss: a lost job, death of a loved one, a hurricane or other natural disaster. Most of the events in life that bring us stress … Continue reading

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The Stress Virus

The Stress Virus I am a microbiologist by training and part of my expertise is in infectious diseases. I direct a research laboratory that is trying to understand how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, making them difficult to treat, or … Continue reading

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An example of courage

An example of courage I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I am teaching my kids through my own life, through my words and actions. I want them to trust┬áChrist, but am I showing them clearly how to do … Continue reading

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Parenting with a 5-year plan

Parenting with a 5-year plan Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) In the 1600s, Indian Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the erection of … Continue reading

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The dangers of self-diagnosis

The dangers of self-diagnosis The Internet has arguably been the most transformative invention of the 20th century, maybe even of all human history. Never before has information flowed so freely and so rapidly around the world. When used with discernment, … Continue reading

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