Do Jews Have a Divine Right to Israel’s Land? – In light of the recent increase of conflict between Israel and Palestine, Christianity Today’s two-part article series from June proves a timely read.
“Do Jews have a divine right to the Promised Land? Are American pastors dismissive of Arab Christians in Israel? Should Christians treat the Israeli-Palestinian dispute differently than other conflicts? As pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, John Piper has been addressing these contentious questions for years. After he began informally discussing them with David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, we invited them to share some of their discussion with our readers. We begin today with Brickner’s response to some of Piper’s recent writings and sermons, and will continue…with Piper’s response.”
Why Ditch The Infant Cereals? – It seems the push for infant cereals is beginning earlier and earlier (though, it’s certainly not new; I’ve heard of stories of infants in my own and my parents era having cereal put into their bottles at just weeks old!), and the early introduction of food is usually done with grains. This article explains a few reasons why that is not a good idea and suggests alternatives. (Note: I do not advocate for all of the alternative starter foods given here, and prefer to primarily extend breastfeeding when possible; it is the first part of the article I concur with, rather than the latter half.)
“Undigested grains wreak havoc on your baby’s intestinal lining. It can throw off the balance of bacteria in their gut and lead to lots of complications as they age including: food allergies, behavioral problems, mood issues, and more.”
“If you feed your baby cereal or other grains, you’re doing more than simply sticking them with an indigestible food. You’re feeding them an indigestible food in place of something more nutrient-dense. You’re feeding them something their body can’t really use and starving them of the nutrients they need to grow a healthy brain, nervous system, and bone structure”
Meanwhile Justus has introduced himself to two-solids: tissue paper and magazines, neither of which I’d advocate for, either. 🙂