“Go to church and breathe easier,” announced an unusual entry on EurekAlert. A study at Temple University found a positive correlation between religious activity and lung function. They said that “religious activity is emerging as a potential health promoting factor, especially among the elderly.” In addition, “going to church provides social contact and emotional support, thereby reducing the isolation that afflicts many elderly and boosting psychological well-being.” Meanwhile, a group of hard-core atheists, many of them prominent evolutionary scientists, is on a campaign this Christmas season to rid science and society of religion. Read about their Beyond Belief 2006 conference on Evolution News and Uncommon Descent. There were no reports of singing at their conference.Do this experiment: invite a hard-core Darwinist to a quality Christmas concert at a good old-fashioned, Bible-believing church in town – you know, the kind that actually believes Jesus was born in Bethlehem as the Son of God, with angels singing and all the rest. We realize this is somewhat risky to your friend’s health, at least at first. The shock of seeing such joy may be too much to endure. He or she will undoubtedly become very conflicted, trying to Darwinize the overwhelming display of artistry, factual content, confident hope and love as manifestations of sexual selection and selfish genes. A Christmas Concert with instruments, choir, soloists, a short sermon and the involvement of a happy audience with talented and committed Christian musicians carries a message with a wallop that will be hard to explain away. In only 90 minutes, a Christmas Concert intertwines elements of history, music, light and color, theology, emotion, intellect, reasonable faith and love in ways that a scientific paper and website cannot possibly convey. It will be hard for your poor Darwinist friend to rationalize the lovely lilting voice of the soprano as glorified ape grunts, or the incomparable blend of rich male voices with female voices in the choir, each with their characteristic sonorities combined with human language expressing intelligent communications, artfully woven into rich aesthetic harmonies, as manifestations of sexual selection. Then a good preacher can wrap this all around a solid message based on the real events that occurred in Bethlehem and Jerusalem in recorded history (you know, about Herod, Caesar Augustus and the rest of those mythical characters in the Christmas story), showing that this is not just some social ritual a few steps up from the jungle. Any Darwinist with a piece of soul left will have to ponder, Have I been missing something?O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.Yet in thy dark streets shineth the Everlasting Light;The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given;And the government shall be upon His shoulder,And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. The spiritual dimension that makes humans unique in all creation will be displayed in a loving, thought-provoking, uplifting atmosphere where everyone can breathe easier. Darwinism doesn’t have a song that can compare with such a spectacle. Music plunges into a soul where argument cannot reach. You won’t need to say anything afterwards except, “Thank you for joining me! I’m so glad you could come. Merry Christmas!” If your Darwinist friend can manage to endure the initial pain of withdrawal that night alone at home, then he or she, too, might be drawn to take their first, real, invigorating, breath of fresh air.PS: Be sure to follow up with an invitation to the Easter Concert.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Twitter/@lukezimKansas is not very good at football. That much is true. Many picked the Jayhawks to lose to FCS power South Dakota State, and lose they did. The Jayhawks actually held it close until the end, with a chance to win the game on the final play. That…did not quite work out. In an attempt to spike the ball, quarterback Montell Cozart fumbled the snap, recovered it but was ruled down, and then attempted to spike the ball from the ground. He tried to quickly take another snap and spike, but the clock ran out before the Jayhawks could run a play.We’re sorry, KU fans, but here is the video, via SB Nation’s Luke Zimmermann.Not like this, Kansas pic.twitter.com/W4LQB07AKH— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 5, 2015Basketball season is closer than you think, Jayhawks.
The Columbus Clippers salvaged a 2-2 series-split with a 5-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at Huntington Park on Monday night. A crowd of 9,271 was in attendance for Dime-a-Dog night at Huntington Park which featured 10-cent Sugardale hot dogs. The total number of hotdogs sold in the park was 24,873, nearly three hot dogs per person. Monday’s game also featured Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus throwing out the first pitch. Titus has gained recognition for his “Club Trillion” blog. While there were rain showers throughout the day, game time conditions were fair as the rain stopped and temperatures were in the low 60s. The game began with four innings of scoreless baseball, which was uncharacteristic of a matchup that featured two teams that led the International League in runs scored and batting average. Clippers pitcher Mike Gosling pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball before being relieved. Before the game, Gosling announced that this would be his final start as he is retiring to spend more time with his family. Gosling allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Gosling featured a fastball in the upper 80s and kept the hitters guessing with breaking balls that ranged between 70 and 80 mph.“I did have a little bit better command of my fastball tonight,” Gosling said. “I knew at the beginning of the game that my velocity was down a little bit, so instead of forcing my way to better velocity, I tried to hit spots and keep them off balance. I was more able to mix in my other stuff. I tried to drop in the slow curve, the difference in velocity helps keep the hitter off the fastball and everything else, so I try to drop that in occasionally and keep them guessing.”Durham pitcher Richard De Los Santos was equally effective through the first four innings, holding the Clippers to only two hits. De Los Santos had trouble in the fifth inning, though.Jose Constanza started off the inning with a single. De Los Santos walked Michael Brantley and hit Jason Donald with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. With a full count, Carlos Santana hit a grand slam to right center field that left the ballpark and cleared Nationwide Blvd. to give the Clippers a 4-0 lead. De Los Santos finished off the fifth inning but was relieved by Brian Baker in the sixth.Carlos Santana showed more power with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that left the ballpark once again over the right field fence. The home run was Santana’s ninth of the season. Santana also took the team lead in RBIs from Shelley Duncan with his fifth RBI of the game, making his total 37. “He hit a couple big ones tonight,” said Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh. “That first home run was impressive.”Clippers pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Judy kept the Bulls scoreless through the eighth inning. But the Clippers couldn’t complete their second shutout in a row as the Bulls scored on an RBI double by Ryan Shealy in the ninth. Clippers infielder Jason Donald was called up to the Cleveland Indians immediately after the game as Asdrubal Cabrera was carted off of the field in the first inning of the Indians’ loss to Tampa Bay. Cabrera suffered a left forearm injury after a collision with third baseman Jhonny Peralta. The Clippers now leave on an eight-game road trip and will return to Huntington Park on May 27.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can only continue praising new signing Alisson for his “exceptional” performances in trainingThe Brazilian goalkeeper completed his £66m move to Anfield from AS Roma last month and has been marked as the final piece of the jigsaw for Klopp that will enable him to lead Liverpool to a title challenge this season in the Premier League.Alisson has now begun training with his new Liverpool teammates at the club’s five-day training camp in Evian, France and, from everything he has seen, Klopp can only rave about the quality of his newest shot-stopper.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around,” Klopp said on the club website.“It’s only positive, even the performances in training – which is not too important in the beginning – are already exceptional, so all good.”Alisson is set to replace Lloris Karius as Liverpool’s new number one and will likely make his Premier League debut against West Ham United on August 12 at Anfield.
Welsh winger Gareth Bale is risking getting sanctioned by Real Madrid if he risks playing for Wales during the international break despite his injury.There have been several times in which Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale deceives his club when he goes with Wales. The player shouldn’t even have traveled to his country in the first place and all of Spain is currently worried about the injury he is carrying right now.With his latest decision to travel, Gareth Bale has left clear that he cares very little about the club that pays him and the board of directors is getting really tired of his antics.The fact that he keeps putting his country before Real Madrid might push the club to sell him during the winter, because they think that this attitude is telling them that he simply doesn’t want to be a Real Madrid player anymore.Manager Ryan Giggs had to come out and confirm that Gareth Bale is going to miss this Thursday’s friendly match against Spain, but the player has all the intention of playing the very next match against the Republic of Ireland despite the club already warned him not to do it.But the doctors from Wales seem to listen more to Gareth than they do to the club that pays his bills, they apparently have given him hopes that he can make it in time to play against the Irish when he clearly can’t.BREAKING: Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales vs. Spain pic.twitter.com/jYkY30C8ZR— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 10, 2018Apart from the confirmation that he won’t play against Spain 100%, Wales manager Ryan Giggs also gave some detailed information about the procedures they made on the player’s fatigues areas and came up with the following analysis.“We rescanned it and have done everything we can to get as much information. He feels good, but we have to weigh up the risk whether he can be part of the game on Tuesday,” said Giggs via Four Four Two. “There was a little bit on both scans – but there’s always something. We’re treating the symptoms, but it’s nothing to worry about. Either way, I expect him to be fit for Madrid’s next game.”“I don’t think I was ever 100 percent [fit] when playing. When you have niggling injuries, it’s maybe at the back of your mind until you’re flying again, but I’m not worried and Gareth isn’t worried.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s something of nothing, but it’s a short turnaround and we’ll take no chances. But if he’s available, he’s available.”“The medical team are constantly in dialogue with Madrid like they are with every team. “Playing in Spain, he wants to be a part of it [the friendly], but first and foremost health comes first – we want a fit and raring-to-go Gareth Bale,” he concluded.What Florentino and the board really feelsThe main problem with Gareth Bale is not only the fact that he is clearly prone to get injured regularly, the Real Madrid board is also very concerned with him because they feel like the player never really got to adapt to the culture in Spain and it seems that he always itches to go to Wales every time he gets.There is a large portion of the press from Madrid who has had enough of Gareth Bale’s constant rejection of the club and even the language.They believe that selling the player right now is the best possible way to finish the player’s career at Real Madrid, he has already given at least two European Cups to the club and they feel like he already paid his worth at least two times over.Most of the people in Madrid think that the Welshman’s time in the club is over, they don’t think he has a hope of stepping up to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and selling him now that he is still not even 30 years old would be in the best interest of everybody.Any of the major clubs in Europe would pay a lot of cash for having Gareth Bale in their ranks, the time is now and Real Madrid can’t waste another minute.BALE v BUSQUETSRAMSEY v RAMOSAMPADU v ASENSIO🎟 https://t.co/wLFSLDHxjG#WALESP #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/io19Bk3wwo— FA WALES (@FAWales) October 5, 2018Which club do you think would pay the most for Gareth Bale? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR GOP Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) have introduced a measure to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts to pursue alternative educational opportunities. The Military Education Savings Account Act, companion legislation to a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), would amend Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create an opt-in for military families to redirect a portion of their Impact Aid allocations into an account to pay for private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online courses and other educational expenses, according to a press release. “We want our men and women in uniform to focus on their job and what they do, not be focused on whether or not their kids might have a good school option when they move to the next base. At the end of the day, it’s a readiness issue,” Banks told the Washington Free Beacon.Army photo by Sgt. Shameeka Stanley