Consider the following quotes taken from a recent sermon:

One family in three is estimated to be affected in some way by a drinking problem.

has [left] a trail of blood across America today.

In 1993, I was a pretty active day-trader. I spent alot of timeplotting the price and volume of DSC stock, day to day. DSChad acquiredmy employer, Optilink Corporation, and my Optilink stock options hadbecomeDSC stock options, so this was more than an academicexercise. Inaddition to my stock options, I was also buying and selling prettygutsily (or stupidly)large blocks of stock: 500 and 1000 share trades, when the stock was inthe range $40-$65 a share.

In the United States, 97,000 deaths annually are related to excessive drinking.

However, the distinction is an important one.

‘I grew up to be a very angry young woman, who trusted nobody,’ she recalls. ‘I’d have boyfriends and friends but then almost invent rows so we fell out. I wanted to cut myself off from people so I retained control.’

The Bible has 17 warnings against the abuse of wine and strong drink and 19 examples of its abuse.

In everyday life, too, alcohol seems to play a major role in people’s social networks. Employees are encouraged to go out for drinks after work with their colleagues for “nomunication,” a Japanese portmanteau coined from nomu (to drink) and communication. Young adults, meanwhile, can regularly be seen signing up for two-hour all-you-can-drink sessions, while convenience stores offer a wide variety of alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day.

The assumption is frequently made that the Bible supports such a position.

"Why does your dog need a psychiatrist?"

If Jesus was a prohibitionist, the charge of being a drunkard would have been too ridiculous for such astute twisters of the truth as the Pharisees to have advanced.

Donna with her daughter, Freya [REX]

Jesus, however, not only replenished the supply, he made an additional 120 to 180 gallons Not only does this behavior contradict everything we have ever heard from prohibitionists, it causes us to re-evaluate the conventional understanding of the proper limit of drinking The second reference to wine in connection with Jesus comes in the form of a false accusation from Pharisees, recorded in Luke 7:33.

This case is not easily made, either.

We discovered that the ultimate role model for the Christian did not condemn the use of wine in celebration, that he evidently drank wine as a regular part of meals, that he had little regard for the criticism of the legalistic religious leaders of his day, and that he made wine a primary symbol in the New Covenant.

"You're about to go into bankruptcy. Get rid of the dog!"

This leads us to the concept of "yield to maturity" (YTM). Ifyou buythat $1000 par value bond for $1300, but it pays 7.5% of the par valueeach year, how much will you make on this bond, including both dividendpayments, and the change in value of the bond from now to when it isredeemed?This is the annualized YTM--the yield divided by the numbers of yearsleft.(Watch carefully--you will sometimes see YTM listed for a bond that hasless than a year left. This may not be the annualized yield tomaturity.)

There is no expiration date on the Ten Commandments.

Considering the life and example of Jesus, it becomes even more puzzling why so many conservative Christians came to treat a prohibitionist position as a scriptural position.

As one preacher said, the new morality is just the old immorality.

Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.