Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Opus 2014-311: Monday Pulpit: A Myth Buster Moment

On Sunday our pastor mentioned one of the big “truths” of our culture, the “fact” that suicide rates are highest during Christmas time.  I had always accepted the statement and the logic.  It seems that years ago he was researching this and the people at the Suicide Prevention Center told him that was not true.  He then called three hospitals and got the same report.


I did a quick Google search and came up with an article on Wikipedia.  I recognize that Wikipedia is not the best source for anything controversial but they backed up this statement.  It seems that suicides are highest during the summer and spring, not at Christmas.

Why would a myth like this be so popular?  I am sure that a big part of it is the desire to tear down the Christian holiday and claim that people feel rejected and alone during that time.  That would mean that all this Christmas joy is just a charade by churches. 

It turns out that the Christmas spirit does effect our society, in a positive way.

So Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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