Best Sermon I Ever Slept With

April 25, 2016

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In the US churches have been struggling for decades with declining membership and frankly, declining relevance in American culture.  Naturally for them, it is unthinkable to consider the content of their message and, this being the USA, it is time to call in marketers rather than examine their product. Recently, a friend of SF shared a presentation he was making to church denominational leadership.  A central feature of his presentation was "the best sermon I ever heard, one that gives people a sense of meaning, wonder and belonging."  It was a video of astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson in which Tyson describes the sense of meaning, wonder and belonging he gets from contemplating the universe.  Please watch it, full screen, it's beautiful and inspiring. Churches may once have given a sense of meaning, wonder and belonging to people but no longer are they able to do so.  Nowadays, recreation, professional sports, politics, charities, environmentalism, and yes, even astrophysics represent the known competition to church attendance.  Yet there is little danger of Americans en masse becoming political junkies or trying to break down the doors to the nearest university's astrophysics department.  Churches' greatest competition is the same as it...

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Sure Beats Shuffleboard

February 24, 2016

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Want to live forever?  Well, if you want your brain to be there when you do then you and a close friend better start doin' it more often as you age.  This fun science fact was announced in a new study from the great folks of Great Britain.  The findings of this study have profound implications for the management of our aging population and the lucky ones who live long enough to join them. In total 6,833 older people aged between 50 and 89 were quizzed by researchers about their sex life and set cognitive tests, which have shown that a healthy sex life is linked to a healthier brain. The study's sexually active older men were found to have performed better with significantly higher scores on cognitive tests for memory (word recall) and executive function (number sequencing) than men who were sexually inactive.  And the benefits of a healthy active sex life are not limited to the horny old goats: When women were tested, the sexually active women had much higher recall scores than the inactive women however there was no significant difference in scores for women in the number sequencing test. The research paper stated: “The...

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True Believers

February 23, 2016

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"Ah, come unto ME, you moral majority evangelicals!"  So said the Donald in South Carolina and (behold!) the evangelicals came in their multitudes to ensure a virtual sweep of the GOP delegates in the state primary February 2016.  He is said to be highly likely to win in the Nevada caucus today and is again projected to win big among both Mormons and evangelicals.  Again.  So how does that work?  How does a thrice married, twice divorced woman-hating racist win the hearts and minds of the true believers of the holier-than-thou crowd?  How do the followers of the Prince of Peace reconcile becoming supplicants of a 24 carat gold-plated violence-talking bully? Every one of the pundits seems confused by this because evangelicals have a couple of other choices who seem, well, more like what they've always voted for.  Think Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz--all of whom have to be thinking, "WTFudge?"  Sexual futurists might have seen this coming a long time in advance.  Everyone should have known something strange was going on just by looking at lil' Donald's baby pictures. As the peoples' platform of the GOP became increasingly that of a sex cult with rigid rules...

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