Sleep Deprivation Explains A Lot of Our Difficulties Today

I highly recommend this short article.  Here is a brief quote:

What’s emerged over the past 20 years has been that, while we’re asleep, we may be immobile, but there’s so much going on within the brain. In fact, so many processes that go on while we’re asleep essentially define how effective we are during the wake state.

https://endpoints.elysiumhealth.com/russell-foster-sleep-tips-2cf047eab286

The Boy Crisis?

Here is the book discussed in the earlier posted video:

 

What is the boy crisis?
It’s a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.
It’s a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.
It’s a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison.
It’s a crisis of purpose. Boys’ old sense of purpose—being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner—are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a “purpose void,” feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.
So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

What is Love?

I have posted Sunday’s sermon.  Here is the link.

And here are the primary Scripture passages I referred to in it.

John 15:12-16

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.

1 John 4:8-9, 17

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

How You Spend Your Mornings

We don’t have the power to change our character but we do have the power to alter our daily routines–and character change will follow.

See what you think of this article:  You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5-7 AM

I found it compelling.  Here a few lines from the beginning:

How you spend your morning determines your success in life.

How you spend your morning determines who you will become.

How you spend your morning determines whether you become world-class at something, or remain merely average.

Post Face Book Blogging

Dear Friends,

I ended my brief relationship with FB for good last week.  I was a very late joiner and now a fairly early leaver.  I’ll miss it, but I’ll have more time to devote to other things that matter more.

My neglect of this blog coincided with my joining FB.  I used FB mainly to share interesting articles and videos that might have shown up here otherwise. Now they will.

Restricting myself to this platform will have a beneficial filtering effect, I think.  If I hesitate to share something on my “rector’s blog” I should think twice about sharing it at all.  It is a dangerous illusion for ministers to imagine they can have a “private” identity.  That said, this blog is not the voice of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.  It is the “Rector’s Blog” — this Rector, me.

I will from time to time be sharing things produced by non-Christians. Don’t assume that if I share it I agree with it, or endorse it.  Some will be food for thought or critiques from the “outside” that I think we need to take seriously.

No commitment yet as to how often I will posting.  But it will be a lot more frequently than the last year or so.

With you in Christ,

Mark