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Family Dinner

Is your table empty? The wall street journal had an interesting article on the advantages of having a family meal. Many people think they don't have time for it, but the research shows that you don't have time not to do it. The benefits of regular family dinners include "better grades, healthier body weight, lower rates of cigarette and alcohol use, stronger relationships with parents and better overall mental health."

The article goes on to discuss the optimal length of each dinner. No definite answer is given, but there are indications that even incremental differences make a significant advantage.
One study of mealtime characteristics and kids' weight found just 3 1/2 extra minutes at the table made a difference. In the study of 200 videotaped family mealtimes, children in families where dinner lasted 16.4 minutes on average were at greater risk for being overweight compared with families that sat for an average of 19.9 minutes. Regular mealtimes also have a …

The Dawkins Delusion - Chapter 4 - Why there almost certainly is no God

In this chapter there are 3 major arguments the Dawkins addresses: (1) The argument from improbability, (2) irreducible complexity, and (3)the anthropic principle. The Argument from Improbability Dawkins states this argument as follows: "The argument from improbability states that complex things could not have come about by chance (pg. 114)." He debunks this argument by saying, "Natural selection not only explains the whole of life; it also raises our consciousness to the power of science to explain how organized complexity can emerge from simple beginnings without any deliberate guidance (pg. 116)."
It is a major overstatement to say that natural selection explains the whole of life. Natural selection is a mechanism that only works when there is already pre-existing material. Although there may be some evidence of natural selection in terms of "micro-evolution," but there is nothing believable in terms of "macro-evolution." Richard's explan…

Church Enemies

You have heard it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing that others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:43 - 48). Many people stop going to church because they believe it is full of hypocrites. They can no longer handle the people and decide to practice their "Christianity" on their own. Their "church" is now just the people they like to be around.

Loving the church is one way to love our enemies. This text is not only talking about enemies who want to take our liv…