As the most obese or overweight people on the planet, Americans know we need to do something about our poor health. Fortunately, the medical community is responding with remedies, both complex and commonsense. But is our spiritual health much better? Fortunately, the Bible tells us clearly how to get into good spiritual shape!
Most of us know that faith and participation in a worshiping community are good for the soul, but scientific evidence agrees that religion is good for the body and mind, too. Click here for a slide show of eight ways religion impacts your life. (Photo by special Joel used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
According to recent reports, the health of church leaders is at crisis level. So what’s a leader to do? Here’s a resource from Duke Divinity School that provides solid information, thoughtful questions, and a good graphic to use with clergy groups and church councils or mutual ministry teams. Click here to read “A Holistic Approach […]
Lectionary Reflection for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 22, 2012
Jesus encouraged his disciples to rest and care for themselves so that they could better care for others. How are we as individuals, leaders, and congregations encouraging good self-care stewardship practices? Read on for more information! (Photo by HaPe_Gera used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
A recent study of United Methodist pastors in North Carolina confirms a disturbing fact: clergy are good at caring for others but not good at caring for themselves. Rates of obesity, depression, and several other chronic conditions are significantly higher for members of the clergy. Click here to read more. (Photo by One From RM […]
What would you pay for a therapy that would dramatically improve your health, add years to your life and life to your years? Maybe the question should be, what wouldn’t you pay? In reality, there IS such a therapy! (Photo © rachwal – Fotolia.com)
HBO is taking a hard look at the growing epidemic of obesity in a four-part documentary. It shows how two thirds of Americans are overweight, and half of them are obese — bringing with it catastrophic costs. We must do a better job being stewards of health. The good news is HBO is making this available to everybody to watch by online streaming! (Photo © saje – Fotolia.com)
When Pastor Jim Ortberg, editor-at-large of Leadership Journal, went on a seven-week sabbatical, he got a lot more than just some rest and relaxation. He learned a lesson on how to live. His advice speaks to all pastors and people of God. (Photo “Reflections in a Coffee Cup” by Gunjan Karun used by Creative Commons […]
‘IT’S PERSONAL’ Blog As America’s percentage of overweight and obese people continues to rise, nutritionists and health care professionals tell us we need to eat better, reducing consumption of fatty and sugary processed foods, and increasing our intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, in Massachusetts and Maine doctors are “prescribing” vegetables for low-income […]
‘Just Living’ Blog
The way to good health is often simpler than we like to think. Read on for tips and ideas that are inexpensive and accessible for almost everyone.