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7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently

Stephen Mattson

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over:

1. I wouldn’t worry about having the right answers.

There’s a misconception that the Bible is the Ultimate Answer Book and Christianity is a divine encyclopedia presenting the solutions to life’s biggest questions. In reality, the Christian faith is about a relationship with Christ instead of an academic collection of right or wrong doctrines.

Rather than wasting time, energy, and resources on superficial theological issues — I would focus more of getting to know Jesus. Never let a desire for “being right” obstruct your love for Christ.

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Climate Change Is Driving Deadly Heat Waves Across The World, New Report Shows

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heat wave _ climate changeThe record-setting heat wave in Australia last year was “largely attributable” to human-caused climate change, according to a synthesis report released Monday. Heat waves in Japan, Korea, China and Europe were also “substantially influenced” by global warming, the report found.

For the synthesis report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 22 groups of scientists looked at 16 extreme weather events that took place in 2013. The paper concludes that at this time, it is more difficult to discern the human impact on other extreme events, such as the drought in California, extreme rainfall in Colorado, and an early-season blizzard in South Dakota.

This is the third annual report on the connections between individual extreme weather events and anthropogenic (originating from human activity) climate change, led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Every extreme event raises questions about how anthropogenic climate change…

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9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Dr. Jen Gunter

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee.

Fertilized egg at 1 day, with a personhood amendment would have equal rights as a woman Fertilized egg at 1 day, with a personhood amendment would have equal rights as a woman

For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to give a fetus, including a fertilized egg, the exact same legal rights as a woman.

As an OB/GYN I think a lot about what that could mean health wise. Here are nine reasons personhood measures are not only troubling, but could harm and even kill women:

Prevent the management of an ectopic pregnancy, which is a when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus (in the Fallopian tube, on the ovary or cervix, or rarely in…

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BREAKING: CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In U.S.

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CDCThe United States has its first confirmed case of the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of the deadly virus that has ravaged swaths of continental Africa.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement earlier Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

The CDC will host a press conference at its Atlanta headquarters at 5:30 p.m., ET.

At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first identified in Guinea six months ago. Last week, the CDC warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with Ebola by January 2015.

News of the virus’ appearance sent the share prices of key biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies…

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Antibiotic Exposure Associated With Early Childhood Obesity

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Antibiotic Prescription

Antibiotics are valuable, potentially life-saving tools that have significantly reduced human morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, antibiotics may also have unintended consequences from their off-target effects that may increase the risk of many long-term conditions. Now, a study published inJAMA Pediatrics finds that the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in children under 2 years old may increase the risk of obesity in early childhood.

Currently, 1 in 3 children and adolescents in the US are either overweight or obese. What’s more, youth obesity is not simply a consequence of unhealthy behaviors in adolescence – by the age of 24 months, 10% of children are obese.

Early childhood obesity is thought to be influenced by a number of factors, including maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), nutritional intake, physical activity, sleep duration and screen time. However, researchers have now begun to investigate the influence that colonies of microbes residing in the gut…

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Female teacher has sex with student and gets no jail time

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Joe Kovacs reports at WND on Oklahoma teacher who allegedly had sex with her 17-year-old student.

An Oklahoma high-school teacher charged with raping her 17-year-student is getting no jail time, leaving the parents of her victim stunned and outraged.

Erin Kathleen Queen of Sand Springs, Okla., was arrested March 17, 2012, after she was found at the Candlewood Suites hotel in Tulsa with the teen son of Shasta and Adam Belty. Queen was a 27-year-old English teacher at Charles Page High School at the time.

Although Queen was originally charged with second-degree rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for supplying the boy with vodka, the case was dismissed this month when Queen pleaded guilty to a different felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She received three years of probation, was fined $600 and ordered to surrender her teacher’s license.

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