August 2017 - Archives

An Effort of Nature by Risë Rafferty

An Effort of Nature

August 30, 2017 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Throughout much of the 20th century, atherosclerosis was thought of as a disease of the inside space of arteries, the lumen. Most of us considered this hardening and thickening of the arteries to be the result of excess lipids in the bloodstream. Fat build up resulted in clogged arteries and clogged arteries don’t make for free-flowing blood to the brain and heart. As a result, fat-free was the way to be. Low-fat became the health slogan emboldened on plastic packaging in an attempt to ease fat-conscious consumers seeking to avoid the #1 killer: cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, consuming all of those low-fat, processed foods didn’t make much of a dent in our ever-escalating disease and death rate.

Yes, elevated blood lipids (fat-like compounds) contribute to heart disease in a big way.  LDL cholesterol especially is strongly associated with atherosclerosis, and reducing saturated fat in the diet does lower LDL. In fact, current knowledge is that the higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk of developing heart disease or having …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

The Great Big Power of Teeny Tiny Things by Anneliese Wahlman

The Great Big Power of Teeny Tiny Things

August 28, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

In 2005, a fresh-out-of-prison graffiti artist was asked to paint some murals in the office of a small startup in Palo Alto, California. As payment, the artist was offered thousands of dollars in cash or company stock. Eight and half minutes of searching Google will tell you that even though the artist thought the startup was stupid, he made a gamble and chose company stock. In 2012, when Facebook went public with their stocks, the artist’s shares were worth around $200 million.

It’s nice when things work out like that.

But that’s not usually the way it works. Whether you’re picking up produce at the store, beginning a new relationship, or buying stocks, there’s no guarantee that an investment will live up to your expectations. Sometimes you score big. Other times you cut open your farmer’s market avocados and find they’re the color of your toddler’s diarrhea.

Not cool.

The risk of failure makes it difficult to know how we should invest. As we grow older, we become a little …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

A Brutal Wakeup Call—The Charlottesville Incident by Ty Gibson

A Brutal Wakeup Call

August 17, 2017 | Ty Gibson

It’s 2017.

Not 1526.1

Not 1863.2

Not 1968.3

It’s 2017, people, and we have just witnessed a grotesque manifestation of racism coming out of the shadows to flex its emaciated muscles in the mirror of its deluded sense of superiority.

The Charlottesville incident is revelatory. It shows us that there is a fomenting racism, boiling just beneath the surface with violent impulses, trying to climb out of its slimy hole to repeat past horrors that many of us imagine are impossible in our “enlightened” modern times.

As a member of the body of Christ, and of the larger human community, I cannot help but express myself on the matter. Quite frankly, I am outraged and saddened and sick to my stomach by the escalating pattern of open racial hatred we are seeing across American. Hardly a week passes that we are not confronted by some heart-rending display of racism, and now Charlottesville has confronted us with what we’ve tried not to believe—that this monster, so far from being composed of …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Convocation Report by Anneliese Wahlman

Convocation Report

August 3, 2017 | Anneliese Wahlman

There are certain times in life when it’s important to be committed, to not stop halfway. Like when you’re getting married or shaving your beard. Then there are other times when it’s important to have the freedom to change your mind, like when you’re about to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet.

Or choose a new convocation theme.

This year, for our 2017 Light Bearers Convocation, we were planning to study through the Minor Prophets. However, partway through our preparation, we realized that 2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which just so happens to be one of the most significant upheavals in history. Due to the magnitude of this event, it occurred to us that it might be a good idea to change our minds.

So we did.

The Spirit led us to set aside the works of the prophets in exchange for protesters, and in the process, we discovered a gold mine of living truth for today.

…grace and faith for salvation come from …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers