Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics Offers Top Forehead Contouring Procedures for Transgender Patients

Dr. Mardirossian’s plastic surgery clinic offers one of the most highly recommended forehead contouring procedures currently available.

JUPITER, FL, USA, February 28, 2018 / — Forehead contouring is a life-altering procedure which allows transgender patients undergoing a Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) journey to become noticeably more female. This is important, as it not only takes transgender individuals one step closer to their end results, but also boosts the confidence of a woman trapped inside a man’s body.

Dr. Mardirossian’s plastic surgery clinic offers one of the most highly recommended forehead contouring procedures currently available. These services are offered through his south Florida office, and are raved about by his previous and current clients. But why is forehead contouring such a vital part of the FFS journey?

The forehead is one of the features defining both men and women. A man typically has a much heavier brow, which casts a shadow over his eyes and the surrounding facial region. This makes the eyes appear smaller. Women, on the other hand, tend to have a softer oval-shaped contour to their brows which is lighter and more delicate. This allows the light to flow into the eyes and surrounding region to allow an appearance of being brighter and larger.

How does Dr. Mardirossian and his highly-trained, supportive staff conduct this procedure for his transgender patients?
It begins with a small incision just behind the hairline which allows him access to the frontal bone (i.e. the bone which shapes your forehead). The placement of the incision allows for hair to grow over it, thus hiding it away where others cannot see. Then the bone is shaved down to alter its shape. Sometimes this is enough to make the forehead area appear more feminine, particularly if the patient has a heavy brow line. Sometimes a patient’s brow is not thick enough, however. When this occurs, the frontal sinus wall located just behind the brow is removed and reshaped towards the desired results. It is then replaced behind the brow.

The recovery process varies from person to person. When you awake from forehead contouring surgery there is a soft dressing and stitches along the forehead. This is removed after seven days’ time. Swelling and discomfort are normal for the first few days, and patients should remember to take it easy to allow for the body to heal. Most patients can return to work and their normal routines after one to two weeks, although some may require additional time. Numbness in the forehead region off and on for up to three months is also very normal.

Complications are incredibly rare, thanks to Dr. Mardirossian’s skill and care during the procedure. Like all surgeries, however, they do have the potential of arising. Rare but serious complications include: infection, excessive swelling or bruising, nerve injury, and permanent forehead numbness.

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “The Least of These” sermon for Christ the King 2017 – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Speedway, IN

The Rev. Jay Lawlor preached on Christ the King Sunday 2017 at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Speedway, IN.

The concept of reconciliation is primarily relational and its being relational is rooted in conversion, forgiveness and making whole that which is broken.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 28, 2018 / — The Rev. Jay Lawlor delivered a sermon titled “The Least of These” for Christ the King, November 26, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN. The Gospel reading for the day was Matthew 25:31-46.

How most of consume our news has changed dramatically over the years. But my parents still have the Boston Globe newspaper delivered to their house every day. In fact, they are one of the only houses in their neighborhood still receiving daily delivery of the Globe. While it is a leading newspaper with a long history, my dad will tell you that the primary reason my parents still receive the Globe in printed form is for the comics.

My dad loves the funny pages. He always has. One of my enduring memories of growing up was my dad sitting at the kitchen table, eating breakfast, and reading the comics page in the newspaper before leaving for work. In fact, no matter where you were in the house, you knew when my dad was reading the comics – his laughter would filter throughout the house.

But beyond the comics was the news of the day. And that news often reported what’s wrong with the world. Reporting which often reflects the worst aspects of human nature. You don’t need to look very far to find stories of injustice.

Today we have numerous ways to have our news delivered to us. Print media from newspapers and news magazines, the digital, online versions of those news organizations, network television, cable news channels, and even social media. We live in a world with a 24/7 news cycle. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

The news is important. A free press is crucial to an informed citizenry and democracy. We need to be informed of what is going on in our world. We need to know of injustice to inform our responses as people of faith called to proclaim and work for God’s justice in the world. One such area of injustice is persistent inequality both here and around the world.

The exact type of injustice Jesus calls us to transform with God’s justice. This is important because it matters what people of faith say. It matters even more what people of faith DO…to be reconciled to God and each other. And reconciliation requires a change of attitude in relationship with God and others. The concept of reconciliation is primarily relational and its being relational is rooted in conversion, forgiveness and making whole that which is broken. […]

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Love Came Down at Christmas” Message for 1 Christmas, December 31, 2017 St. John’s Episcopal Church

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor was at St. John's Episcopal Church, Speedway for the First Sunday After Christmas 2017 to conclude his time as guest priest in the parish.

From the very beginning of Jesus’ life, God sets the example by which compassion becomes Incarnate.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 28, 2018 / — The Rev. Jay Lawlor preached “Love Came Down at Christmas” on December 31,2017 as his final sermon as visiting priest at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Speedway, IN.

There are many famous popular Christmas songs and well known Christmas hymns. I’m not going to sing any of them for you, but I invite you to listen the the words from the following hymn:

“Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas: star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine; worship we our Jesus, but where with for the sacred sign? Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine, love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign.”

These words are from the hymn “Love came down at Christmas,” by Christina Rossetti. While this hymn is not as well known as others, such as Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, or Away in a Manager, I find the lyrics to be a powerful and eloquent reminder of the tremendous miracle of this season.

Just stop and ponder for a moment, God loving the world so much that God chose to come and dwell among us in human flesh: love all lovely, love divine. In Jesus was made manifest the perfect love of God so that the world would know and share in God’s love. This is what the Incarnation is all about: LOVE. Lennon and McCartney were right when they penned “All you need is love.”

Without God’s love for us, there would be no need for Jesus’ birth. It is out of unconditional love for the human condition which God takes on human flesh. Love be yours and love be mine, love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign. Through our baptisms we enter into the miracle of the Incarnation as witnesses to God’s love for the world.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love “Jingle Bells” and Santa Claus as much as the next person – even if Santa is somewhat removed from the original story of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – a sermon for another time. But Christmas still offers Christians an opportunity to accept the invitation to receive God’s love, to experience the miracle of Jesus’ birth, and then share the outpouring of God’s compassion for God’s people and creation. Jesus is the Light of the World.

God being born in Jesus – to free us – is the most perfect act of self-giving love and sacrifice that the world will ever know. It is God’s heart so overflowing with love for God’s creation that it is love that cannot be contained – even, or especially, in face of a creation that has been trapped in rebellion against God and in conflict with itself. And God chooses to express this outpouring of love in a most peculiar way.

Jesus – God Incarnate – enters the world not in power, wealth and prestige; and without pomp, circumstance and fanfare; but in complete and utter vulnerability, humility and poverty. There is no one more vulnerable than a newborn infant who is birthed homeless, to a peasant couple in a remote town where they are refugees. The best that Mary and Joseph can do is to place Jesus in the animals’ feeding trough in the midst the filth and stench of a stable. Jesus’ entry into the world was rough . . . even by first-century standards.

From the very beginning of Jesus’ life, God sets the example by which compassion becomes Incarnate. God’s love is for ALL, no exceptions, and, nonetheless, it is to the lost and the least that Jesus most closely associates – and for whom God’s compassion is most clearly revealed. We only need to look to Jesus’ humble birth for clear evidence of this.

And who among us, at one time or another, has not been lost or felt least? And who among us has not encountered another soul that is lost or that has been beaten down by the tempests of life? And who among us has not seen, if we allow our gaze to pass their way, those suffering in poverty in a world of plenty? It is in humility that God comes in Jesus and it is to the humble that God first reveals the good news of Jesus’ birth. […]

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Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team

Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team Ranked #1 The Most Reviews and Endorsements from Local Home Owners in zillow – Southern California Real Estate Market


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, February 28, 2018 / — Southern California’s leading real estate service, Team NuVision has recently announced that it is offering ‘Buy Back Guarantee’ for its valued clients. No other realtor offers this service with a guarantee and this simply means that if a buyer is not happy after moving into a new home for any reason whatsoever, he can simply sell his home back to Team NuVision. The company guarantees this service to ensure absolute customer satisfaction and it is getting a phenomenal response from buyers in California due to this service.

“You are eligible for this offer if you have recently bought one of our listed properties or if you have worked with any member of Team NuVision.” Said Rudy Kusuma, the Team’s Leader while explaining the BuyBack Guarantee. “Buy Back Guarantee is our initiative to protect our valued homebuyers in this competitive real estate market of Southern California.” He added.

According to a recent poll from NAR (National Association of Realtors), almost 70% of home sellers and home buyers would not call the same agent again to do more Real Estate business. However, this innovation introduced by Rudy Kusuma’s Homeselling Team will change all the prevailing trends in the market and will give buyers the ultimate peace of mind. Moreover, the offer is valid within the first 12 months of the purchase and the team is giving this in writing to its clients.

To take advantage of this amazing free offer, please simply the link below OR call 626-789-0159

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Exploring Ibogaine Treatment From the Paradise Island Setting of the Avante Institute

iboga plant

NASSAU, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, February 28, 2018 / — Ibogaine has long been understood to provide therapeutic effects, most notably in the elimination of addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs.

Ibogaine occurs naturally in a group of flowering plants commonly known as the dogbane family. The group includes all manner of plants, from shrubs and trees to herbs, succulents, and vines.

Even before the advent of modern medicine, ibogaine had been recognized for its medicinal properties. Initially documented by French and Belgian explorers to Africa in the 19th century, botanists soon took an interest, first describing the 'Tabernanthe iboga' plant in 1889.

Based in the beautiful Bahamas, The Avante Institute harnesses the natural power of ibogaine to treat addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Home to the world's sixth-longest barrier reef, the coral-based archipelago of the Bahamas is known for its breathtaking scenery, varied wildlife, lush palms, rare orchids, and tropical climate.

Of its ibogaine treatments, the New Providence Island-based institute says, "The Avante Institute offers treatment packages for all manner of substance detoxification including alcohol, opioid medications, heroin, cocaine, methadone and more."

Part of what's being called the "holistic plant movement," The Avante Institute's detox treatment facility is fast becoming one of the most well-respected providers of holistic therapy in the battle against addiction to drugs and alcohol.

A representative for The Avante Institute explains, saying, "Powerful yet gentle holistic plant medicines are the genuine article. They heal people, and they save lives."

They continue, "This is what we've been searching for, and what's desperately needed to attack the modern-day addiction epidemic head-on. Our plant medicine treatments work like no other medicines in the world."

Treatment with ibogaine works by resetting specific transmitters in the brain, while simultaneously rebalancing a number of essential chemicals in the body.

Ibogaine is unique, in that it allows those undergoing treatment to bypass the withdrawal symptoms often associated with drug or alcohol detox, known as post-acute withdrawal symptoms. None of these symptoms—which can include nausea, cramping, tremors, headaches, irritability, chills, and sweats—are typically witnessed with the institute's carefully administered ibogaine treatment regime.

"The advantages which these treatments offer our clients over traditional detox are immeasurable," says the institute.

The Avante Institute has enjoyed excellent rates of success through its ibogaine treatments, with levels of long-term sobriety being "exceptional" according to the Caribbean holistic retreat's records.

Located on two acres of pristine white sand beachfront, the institute boasts a team of compassionate and highly-experienced professionals and addiction specialists. Through intensive entheogenic medicinal treatments, the site enjoys levels of efficacy in drug rehabilitation not found or available in western medicine today.

"We confidently proclaim our detoxification therapies to be among the very finest in the world," says the institute.

The Avante Institute offers a number of withdrawal-free ibogaine treatments from its oceanfront Nassau location, ranging in length from 5-10 days, with an extended care program also available.

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The Artisan Group Showcases Handcrafted Products at GBK's Pre-Oscars Luxury Celebrity Gifting Suite

The Artisan Group Gift Bag for GBK’s 2018 Pre-Oscars Luxury Celebrity Gifting Suite.

The Artisan Group® will sponsor GBK's Pre-Oscars Luxury Celebrity Gifting Suite, taking place March 2-3 in Beverly Hills, California.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2018 / — The Artisan Group® ( will sponsor GBK's Pre-Oscars Luxury Celebrity Gifting Suite, with a star-worthy selection of luxury handcrafted goods prepared by its members especially for attending celebrities, VIPs and select members of the press and media. The Gift Lounge takes place March 2-3, 2018 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California.

The Artisan Group collection is valued at $857.00 this year and includes a collection of handcrafted jewelry and accessories, spa and bath products, candles, fine art, a perfume kit, and other handmade gifts created by small business artisans around the world. The Artisan Group will also be gifting GBK's 2018 charity beneficiaries, to be announced in the coming days.

"GBK's Pre-Oscars Gifting Suite is a high point for our members, just as our unique gift bags are looked forward to by the celebrities," said The Artisan Group Founder Valerie Guerrero in a statement. "In past years, Chris Tucker, Jon Bernthal, Teri Polo, Kevin Nealon, Penny Marshall, Sugar Ray Leonard, Laurie Holden and J.K. Simmons, just to name a few, have stopped by to chat and pick up one of our branded swag bags. I must say, our members have put together a really stunning collection this year and we’re looking forward to showing it all off."

Display and celebrity gifting participants for the 2018 event include Chi Pham, CHI CANDLE; Stacey Vest , DESIGNED BY STACEY; Vincci Ching, HERITAGE REFASHIONED; Jennifer Del Valle, DTAILSULIKE; Mila & Payton Bartos, FIZZCANDY JEWELRY; Jennifer Volkodav, JEN VOLKODAV JEWELRY; Lauren Arnold, LE JEWELRY DESIGNS; Tera Herman, MAHENDI, LLC; Amy Schofield; MIXIFY BEAUTY; Caitlin Brotz, OLIVU 426; Toni & Lily Perez, SIMPLY CAPRINE; Emma Mann, SOAP CAULDRON; Tara Reid, STARLETTA DESIGNS; Leanna Blacher, THE SOAPY CHEF; Maren Misner, THE TIN OWL LLC; and Ariel Tan, YUN BOUTIQUE.

Celebrity gifting participants include Yana Khoshtariya, AROMASOY CANDLES; Liz Kelly Zook, ARTIST LIZ KELLY ZOOK; Sandra Miller, BEADED BY SANDRA; Jenna Scifres, JENNA SCIFRES JEWELRY; Kari Asbury KARI ASBURY; Kimberly Girouard, KIKI BIRD JEWELRY; Dawn Rawson, MAGPIE BATH; and Melissa Pikul, METALS & PIECES.

The Artisan Group's official Event Guide detailing all participating members is available to view online. See photos and purchase information of gifted items here. To learn more about The Artisan Group’s support of the handcrafted movement and its membership, read TAGazine, Vol. 12.

The Artisan Group’s members come from all over the United States, Canada, and around the world. The by-invitation-only organization represents a varied group of individuals who are dedicated to the handcrafted movement. With the help of The Artisan Group, members gift their products to celebrities, VIPs and members of the press at elite Hollywood and New York City gift lounges.

The Artisan Group also assists with placing member products on popular television shows such as How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Riverdale, Law & Order: SVU, Bones, Jane the Virgin, Modern Family, Baby Daddy, The Vampire Diaries, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, Scandal, The Voice, and many others.

The Artisan Group donates to charitable organizations by providing gift bags that can be auctioned off to raise funds.

Follow The Artisan Group on Facebook, Twitter (@theartisangroup), and Instagram (@theartisangroup). Direct press inquiries to press[at]theartisangroup[dot]org.

The Artisan Group ( is a premier entertainment marketing group dedicated to representing small business artisans at the best celebrity gift lounges and press events. The organization provides a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at top luxury gift lounges such as those leading up to major red carpet awards shows.

The Artisan Group also coordinates product placement of its members' handcrafted products on such hit television shows as How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Law & Order: SVU, Bones, Jane the Virgin, Modern Family, Baby Daddy, The Vampire Diaries, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless, Scandal, The Voice, and many others. Membership in The Artisan Group is juried and by invitation only.

The Artisan Group is in no way associated with The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, MTV, or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Holabird's March 15-18 auction in Reno will celebrate America's gold rushes from Georgia, North Carolina to California

Pigeon Roost Mining Company $100 scrip note from 1838, graded PMG Net 10 Very Good (est. $200-$400).

Miners Bank (San Francisco) $10 US gold coin totaling 16.7 grams (est. $45,000-$80,000).

Stock certificate in the amount of 20 shares for the Acworth (Ga.) Gold Mining & Smelting Company (est. $500-$1,000)

Crystallized gold from the Round Mountain Mine (Nye County, Nev.), weighing 26.4 grams (est. $6,500-$9,750)

Pontiled California Gold Rush soda bottle, M.R. (Sacramento, Calif.), circa 1851-1863, medium cobalt blue (est. $1,200-$2,000).

Holabird Western Americana Collections will conduct a major Gold Rush Sale, celebrating America’s gold rushes from Georgia and North Carolina to California.

The Gold Rush sale will be nothing short of phenomenal. Many fine collections will be sold, but the headliner will surely be the Al Adams collection of mostly Georgia and North Carolina artifacts.”

— Fred Holabird

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2018 / — RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will conduct a major Gold Rush Sale – celebrating America’s gold rushes from Georgia and North Carolina to California – in a four-day auction event planned for March 15th-18th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 3555
Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno. Start times all four days will be 8 am Pacific Daily Time.

For those unable to attend the auction live, internet bidding will be facilitated by,, eBay Live and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

“The Gold Rush sale will be nothing short of phenomenal,” said Fred Holabird, president and owner of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “Many fine collections will be sold, but the headliner will surely be the Al Adams collection. Mr. Adams’s specialty is an area few people even know about – the Georgia and North Carolina gold rushes of 1799 thru the 1840s.”

Gold rushes in Georgia and North Carolina? Yes, they happened, and many years before the far more famous California Gold Rush of 1848-1855. It began with the discovery of a single gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. Nearly three decades passed before truly substantive gold discoveries were made in North Carolina and Georgia, all by men with no training in mining.

The Al Adams collection includes the first gold company stock certificate from 1807; an 1830 letter from a Georgia bank to the US Mint, asking what to do with all the gold coming in; gold lottery tickets for Georgia land; Georgia Gold Rush land deeds with medals, rarely seen by collectors; a Pigeon Roost Mining Company scrip collection (1835-1838); Georgia and North Carolina gold coins; Georgia gold nuggets; American gold specimens; and US Mint documents.

Other items will include a superb Belfast Mining Company scrip collection from the 1830s; gold bullion receipts from Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans and the Philadelphia Mint; Gold Rush-era private assayer bullion receipts from seven Western states; and the finest-ever offering of 1840s, 1850s and 1860s mining company stock certificates from the Appalachian gold belt in the east to the three Western states of California, Nevada and Colorado.

The world in which the Georgia and North Carolina gold rushes took root and flourished is hard to imagine in today’s modern time. The U.S. had only recently been formed, and the first coins minted, when that first gold nugget was found in North Carolina in 1799. There were only 16 states in 1800. The number crept up to 24 states by 1821 and remained that way for 15 years.

Development outside the original 13 colonies was slow. The areas south and west of New England were called the “Western frontier”, populated mostly by Native Americans and ex-pats from Western Europe looking for adventure and a better life. Most were farmers and merchants. The scientists remained in Western Europe. Very little was known about geology at the time.

Indeed, the first geologic map was printed in Europe in 1799 and it would be 25-30 years before anything similar was produced in America. That’s what makes the Georgia and North Carolina gold rushes so remarkable. They were forged with no prior mining know-how. Not a single man in the Georgia-North Carolina gold rush had been a miner. It was American ingenuity at its best.

There is much more to the auction than just the Al Adams collection. Also offered will be hundreds of mining artifacts, including many collected from Georgia mines, plus a fantastic numismatic library, inclusive of many rarities. The other major collections include the following:

• Robert Bennett, the highly regarded mining geologist who spent much of his 45-year career working the Goldfield district. He collected high-grade ore specimens from many major mines he was lucky enough to work for. These are dutifully included in the sale.
• Jerry Gray, a longtime collector of gold and turquoise specimens from Carson City, Nev.
• Vern Potter, a national ephemera dealer who’s now retired but his massive collection of Gold Rush-era exchanges, important maps and special documents will be in the auction.
• Robert Fulton, the late collector of rare mining books and former head of the University of Nevada (Reno) in the 1920s. Another collection, similarly themed, has an inscribed Sutro Tunnel book to Melville Atwood from Charles D. Poston (the “Father of Arizona”).

The mining stock certificate collections in the auction “are among the best we’ve ever offered,” Mr. Holabird said. “They include four major collections, including the Laguna Collection of rare Arizona stocks, part of a major Nevada Territorial collection, early California and Bodie collections, antique firearms and rare Tahoe gaming chips.”

The auction also features Gold Rush-era coins (including a complete Hart gold token set, all graded and holdered); Carson City coins; a .999 fine golden egg, custom-made for an Arizona collector in 1982; Gold Rush-era soda bottles in hues of cobalt blue, teal and green from San Francisco, Sacramento and Savannah; Nevada mining cap bottles; Pawnee Bill full-color posters; choice Western mining photographs; and other items from an integral part of Western history.

Color catalogs are available on request, by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Also, anyone owning a collection that might fit into a Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels extensively throughout the U.S., to pick up collections. Last year it went to Boston, Florida, Seattle and New York, among other places.

Holabird Western Americana is always seeking quality bottle, advertising, Americana and coin consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can e-mail him at To learn more about Holabird Western Americana's March 15-18 auction, visit

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Look to Jesus” Sermon for 3 Advent 2017 St. John’s Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN

The Rev. Jay Lawlor continued as visiting priest for the Season of Advent 2017 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Speedway, IN.

People shouldn’t listen to us because we, ourselves, have anything to say. Our role, like that of the John the Baptist, is to point the way toward Jesus.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 28, 2018 / — The Rev. Jay Lawlor preached a sermon titled “Look to Jesus” for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017 as visiting priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Speedway, IN. The Gospel for the day was John 1:6-8,19-28.

We have again this week a story of John the Baptist. This time as recounted in the Gospel According to John. The gospel’s authorship not to be confused with the Baptizer. The Gospel According to John was written in the late first or early second century in the Eastern Mediterranean by a group of Jewish Christians who had some connection to the Apostle John. At the time of writing the gospel, it is twenty to thirty years following the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and approximately six to seven decades after the death and resurrection of Christ. They are far enough removed from those events as to realize they are living in a new age – an age where the light of the world is already shining.

And in the Gospel According to John they tell of John the Baptist and his purpose: "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light." (John 1:1-6)

It is almost as if it were a trial and John is the main witness – whose testimony is key. In a way it was. In the Honor-Shame society of First-Century Palestine, John the Baptist came to honor Jesus. John the Baptist had a large following and people were coming to him to be baptized – to be initiated into John’s group. Questions arose as to who John was, and if he could be the Messiah. He wanted to set the record straight – to be clear about who was, and was not, in relation to Jesus. As recorded in the Gospel According to John:

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” (John 1:19-20)

John the Baptist is perfectly clear that he is not the Messiah. He understood that his mission was to point the way toward the light of the world. A natural follow-up question would be who, then, is the Messiah? What did it mean for John the Baptist to be testifying as a witness to the light of the world?

New Testament scholar and Anglican Bishop, N.T. Wright suggests in his book The Challenge of Jesus that:
"It meant, according to [the Gospel of ] John, that Jesus would be lifted up to draw all people to himself. On the cross Jesus would reveal the true God in action as the lover and savior of the world. […] and because Jesus’ story reached it’s climax on Calvary and with the empty tomb, that we can say: here is the light of the world. The Creator has done what [the Creator] promised. From now on we are living in the new age, the already-begun new world. The light is now shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus, pp. 177-178)

So John the Baptist was pointing the world toward Jesus. He was making ready the world to receive Jesus who is the light shining in the darkness. John the Baptist was telling those who questioned him that he is not the one they should be looking at. They were to look to Jesus. It is Jesus who is the Messiah.

We should hear John the Baptist speaking those same words to us as Christians today. It isn’t about us. People shouldn’t listen to us because we, ourselves, have anything to say. Our role, like that of the John the Baptist, is to point the way toward Jesus. […]

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Bluewater showcases plastic bottle beating public drinking water solution at world's first plastic free supermarket

Anders Jacobson

Bluewater serves water free of micro plastics and other contaminants from unique water dispenser at opening of the world's first plastic-free metro supermarket

Micro-plastics are today found in over 80 percent of the world's tap water according to new research”

— AndersJacobson

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, February 28, 2018 / — Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza today launched a pilot metro market in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, stocked with over 700 plastic-free products ranging from meats to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technologies and solutions, contributed a unique public hydration station that delivers on-demand pure drinking water free of micro-plastics and other contaminants ranging from lead to pesticides and gender-bending hormones.

"Micro-plastics are today found in over 80 percent of the world's tap water according to new research, while other studies indicate pollution of drinking water by pervasive gender-bending chemicals and hormones is leading to lower fertility rates and hormone disruption in young women and men," said Anders Jacobson, President of Bluewater and co-founder and CEO of the company's holding company, Blue.

Jacobson said Bluewater's leading-edge, patented water purification technologies and delivery solutions effectively remove gender-bending chemicals found in cleaning agents, cosmetics and contraceptive pills as well as the micro-plastics now being found in tap water around the world.

Noting that the health impact of the plastics swamping the world's oceans are increasingly being documented by new studies, Jacobson described Ekoplaza's initiative to debut plastic free aisles as an 'innovative, exciting and necessary way to provide a solution to the catastrophic pollution of the planet by single use plastics'.

The plastic free aisle initiative was spurred by international environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, a grassroots movement geared to turn off the plastic tap. A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland said Ekoplaza's initiative 'represents a landmark moment for the global fight against plastic pollution and opening the door to a new future where the public are finally given a choice about whether to buy plastic or plastic free'.

Ekoplaza says it intends to rollout plastic free aisles across its 74 branches in the Netherlands over the coming 12 months. The next opening is scheduled for The Hague in June, and Bluewater plans to provide Ekoplaza customers in the Dutch port the opportunity to drink plastic free water as they shop shelves also devoid of polluting layers of plastic.

"We applaud both Ekoplaza and A Plastic Free Planet for creating a stunning stepping stone towards a better future where human ingenuity and solutions like those provided by Bluewater can help benefit planetary and human health," said Anders Jacobson.


Notes to Editors

" Launching in Amsterdam, the world's first Plastic Free Aisle is a joint initiative of environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet and Dutch supermarket Ekoplaza. The Aisle graphics were designed by London design studio Made Thought, and makes its debut alongside the brand new Plastic Free Trust Mark – a labelling system designed to help shoppers quickly identify products on the shelf that are free from plastic packaging.

" Founded last year by Sian Sutherland and Frederikke Magnussen, A Plastic Planet is a grassroots movement with a simple goal – to turn off the plastic tap. Over the past twelve months, A Plastic Planet has built a formidable coalition of supporters in favour of a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets.

" Ekoplaza is a Dutch supermarket chain with 74 stores across the Netherlands. The chain is one of Europe's leading organic grocers and is at the cutting edge of efforts to reduce the environmental impact of food and drink retail.

" Exclusive research by Orb Media, a top journalism site, and researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, indicated microscopic plastic fibers are flowing out of taps from New York to New Delhi with women, children, men, and babies consuming plastic in their water-based drinks. The study pointed to the U.S. having the highest level of contamination, with perhaps 94 percent of water contaminated with microscopic plastic fibers.

" In October, 2017, Bluewater launched a planet-wide movement geared to harness human ingenuity to help bring cleaner, healthier water to everyone and create oceans without plastic.

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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Awaken to God” sermon for the 23rd Sunday After Pentecost St. John’s, Speedway, IN

The Rev. Jay Lawlor continued as visiting priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Speedway, IN on Nov. 12, 2017.

The common thread throughout all of Jesus’ teachings is that he has come to offer life to all according to God’s vision for the world.”

— The Rev. Jay Lawlor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, US, February 28, 2018 / — The Rev. Jay Lawlor preached a sermon on the parable of the bridesmaids from Matthew's Gospel (Matthew 25:1-13) as an invitation to "Awaken to God" to "to lead us into right relationship with God and our neighbor."

Gospel parables can be tricky. There can be a tendency to read them as doctrine or allegories in which we assign certain roles. Who are the wise bridesmaids? And who are the fools? But can that cause us to get bogged down? Is it possible we could miss the point Jesus is trying to make?

The parables are instructive to us as Christians because Jesus is offering us teachings on how to live as disciples. Our brains are wired for stories/narrative and visuals. So Jesus told stories. He presented narratives, and created visuals for people to picture in their minds.

In today’s parable from Matthew, Jesus paints a picture of ten bridesmaids with their lamps. Five who brought extra oil with them to keep the lamps burning, five who did not. Even if we had never read this passage before, we can see where this is going. At some point, the lamp oil is going to become a factor. We just know it. And it does.

The five bridesmaids who brought extra oil are ready to go with the bridegroom when he arrives. They were prepared. They were ready when awakened. And what does Jesus say to the five bridesmaids who did not have enough oil – who had to go a buy more? “Keep awake!” Keep awake.

This parable is less about who were wise and who were foolish, and more about how we are all to live as disciples of Jesus. It isn’t particularly instructive to tease out who might be wise and who might be foolish. For such effort distracts us from Jesus’ concluding message: Keep awake. Jesus wants us all to awaken to God.

Throughout scripture God calls God’s people into relationship with God and others to live according to God’s principles; to work for God’s justice, peace, and righteousness. The common thread throughout all of Jesus’ teachings is that he has come to offer life to all according to God’s vision for the world. As followers of Jesus we are to awaken to God’s presence in our lives. As followers of Jesus we are to awaken to God’s mission for us. […]

The full transcript of the Rev. Jay Lawlor's sermon is available at

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