Mixed Messages In Disney’s Sophia the First

sophia the firstPB asks: “I noticed the Disney Junior TV series called “Sophia the First.” She becomes a princess when her mother marries a king. There is a royal sorcerer and Sophia wears an amulet around her neck. There are also Sophia dolls, etc. Could you let me know if this show is harmless and okay to view or should we discourage this for our children.”

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Study: Homeopathy Puts People at Risk

MD001215A team of experts in Australia has analyzed 225 existing studies on the efficacy of homeopathic formulas and has reached the same conclusion as so many other scientists these days – homeopathic medicines are “no more effective than placebo” in treating health problems.

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The Intricate Art of Chinese Knots

chinese knotA religious wrote to ask if we know anything about Chinese decorative knots. “They are red, and come in various designs and I believe go back hundreds if not thousands of years. I’ve read they can signify different things like luck, romance, love, etc. We have received, from a Chinese Priest, holy images of Our Lord and Our Lady which are decorated with these knots. Is there anything to be concerned about there? Should we remove the decorations?”

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The Trouble with Soaking Prayer

Carol and John Arnott

Carol and John Arnott

SL writes: “I have been in debate lately with a fellow christian friend of mine regarding “soaking”. I have read mostly positive things, and some negative things. My friend who has participated in “soaking” before has asked me to join her again – but I declined. There’s something about it, that just doesn’t sit well in my spirit.”

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