Pastoral Liability and Accountability

An ongoing feud between a Memphis pastor and media personality is bringing to light questions of pastoral liability and accountability. Join the discussion at 11:00 CST on Zera Today

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Study Finds Most Teens Sext Before They’re 18

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If you’re a mom or dad and you learn that your child is sexting, that’s bound to set off alarms. But a new study reveals that the practice is quite common among teenagers, most of whom who think it’s no big deal. And that sets up an interesting dynamic in terms of how parents should handle the situation.

Researchers from Drexel University surveyed college students, asking them if they had ever sent or received “sexually explicit text messages or images” when they were under age 18. Fifty-four percent said yes—almost all of it in the context of a romantic relationship or as a means of flirting.

“We were shocked by the prevalence and the frequency of sexting among minors,” says David DeMatteo, an associate professor of psychology and law at Drexel and one of the study’s authors. He notes that previous studies have indicated the pervasiveness of sexting was much…

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Lost and Still Lost

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Lorenzo T Neal:

Very insightful words from a bright young lady

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As I was scrolling down my Instagram feed I saw a quote that said the following

“There’s no such thing as totally “found”…the fun, I think is in the searching.”

As a child I always thought grownups had it all together. It seemed as if life was a package, all neatly formed with a ribbon on top. So I just knew that there would be a point in my life where everything would be in order, perfect. I thought my life would be “found”. However as time progresses I’m recognizing life has no golden prize at the end of the race, no “well done, you did it kiddo” certificate once you have figured it all out.

In trying to “find” my life, my perfect journey, things got more complicated. I began to compare my goals and lack of perceived accomplishments to others, my vision of success became muddied, and my…

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L.A. Barbers To Use $8.5 Million Grant To Screen Black Men For Hypertension

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Barbershops are central to the narrative of Black manhood in the United States.

It is where jokes are cracked, friends are made, issues debated, and, soon, where blood pressure will be tested.

According to the Daily Breeze, Dr. Ronald G. Victor, the head of Cedars-Sinai’s hypertension center, will use a $8.5 million grant to help train Black barbers to check men for high blood pressure.

“Uncontrolled hypertension is one of the biggest health problems facing the African-American community today,” said Victor, the Burns and Allen Chair in Cardiology Research. “Hypertension is called the silent killer because there are no symptoms. We need to find a way to reach out to the community and prevent the serious complications caused by high blood pressure because all too often, by the time a patient finds out they have the condition, the heart and kidneys already have been damaged.”

Read Cedars-Sinai’s statement on the…

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Dick Gregory To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Originally posted on News One:

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Legendary comedian-actor-activist Dick Gregory will receive a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year, reports


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The Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced the list of 30 honorees—which also includes iconic R&B group Kool & The Gang, super-producer Pharrell and funnyman Will Ferrell—Thursday morning.

“We know that the new selections represent the best of the entertainment industry and will be a great addition to the Walk of Fame for both the Hollywood community and fans from around the world who visit Hollywood every year,” Maureen Schultz, Chair of the Walk of Fame selection committee, said in a statement.

Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Garner, Peter Jackson, Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Christoph Waltz, James L. Brooks, Ken Ehrlich, Bobby Flay, Seth MacFarlane…

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Jesus and the Quest for Meaning

Jesus and the Quest for Meaning

Did Jesus ever ponder or search for the meaning of life himself and then once he attained it shared it with others? Do you struggle with meaning in your life. For many Christian believers a quest for meaning is nothing more than waiting for heaven to come down on earth leading to eternal life. While that may be overgeneralized for some, it is the case for many others. We usually hear of quests in ancient fables and myths, but every individual should be on a quest for meaning beyond their regular religious experiences and existence. From a Christian existentialist perspective, meaning is individualized and subjective. In reading the New Testament gospel narratives, Jesus portrays an existential perspective on meaning during his temptation, his commissioning of the disciples, his dialogue with Nicodemus, and during his crucifixion. Each of these occurrences, Jesus placed a challenge on himself and his disciples to go beyond what they were used to and experience authentic meaning. Even the writers of the gospels shared in linguistic meaning as they attempted to retell their experiences with Christ before and after his resurrection. Jesus expected this and during his final prayer in John 17 prayed for those who would believe because of his disciples word. Every person should be on a daily quest for meaning. It is no guarantee that discovering meaning will bring a greater sense of happiness or accomplishment, but it would satisfy the individual’s need for self-fulfillment and pleasure.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies At 54

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Lorenzo T Neal:

He was a Hall of Famer and a Hero to many aspiring athletes and individuals. May his soul rest with the ancestors and his legacy inspire others to greatness. Ase and Hotep

Originally posted on News One:

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San Diego Padres’ Tony Gwynn watches RBI-triple in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Friday, June 11, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego’s most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54.

Gwynn, nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.

“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Commissioner Bud Selig said.

Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek…

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