March 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Alcohol, Drugs, and the Bible)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • “Wine is a Mocker” (Richard Massey)
  • “A Little Wine for thy Stomach’s Sake” (Sam Willcut)
  • Jesus Turning Water to Wine (Clay Bond)
  • “Wine” and the Ancients’ Understanding of Fermentation (Dave Rogers)
  • The Spiritual Aspects of Drug and Alcohol Use (Josh Moore)
  • The Virtue of Sobriety (Kevin Rhodes)
  • How May I Help Someone Struggling with Alcoholism? (Mike Rogers)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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#alcohol-and-other-drugs, #alcoholics, #christian-worker, #fermentation, #help-with-addiction, #medicine, #sobriety, #water-to-wine, #wine

Knee salve

Three weeks ago tomorrow I turned my foot on broken sidewalk and took a bad spill. My right leg, just below my knee and on top of it. was injured with surface wounds. Vicki applied Nebacetin, an antibacterial oinment. Seemed to help. And boiled it out with hydrogen peroxide, I think it was. This was a daily treatment for a couple of weeks. Must have worked: I’m almost healed.

Fortunately, besides the leg, I had nothing broken or twisted from the fall, just some sore muscles, aside from bruised palms and chest.



I have no prescription medicine I take. That which I do take, not classified as medicine, is one-a-day’s and fish oil. The “regular” medicine I take at irregular intervals is Ibuproen. Since I am right smack in the middle of mid-life I have noticed it has become a friendly tool to ward off aches and pains.


Daily Nudge: medicine

What’s the last non-prescription medicine that you took, and for what ailment? We’ll leave out the prescriptions, for privacy’ sake.

Medical science has progressed by leaps and bounds in recent years, but one wonders how much difference it’s really made. Some of the old remedies — not all, by any means — were good.

But put the castor oil in the not-good category.

The Bible mentions medicine, too. In Genesis 37:25, as a commercial product. And it becomes a powerful metaphor for spiritual healing (Rev. 3:18; 22:2). Or not. As in Jeremiah 8:22, the famous balm in Gilead that Israel refused to accept.

Then there’s the oil and wine of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:35) — was that a stopgap measure? — and possibly, the medicinal use of oi in James, though that’s quite disputed. But that was olive oil and not castor oil.

#medicine, #nudge