Five for Friday: NFL Racial Divide, Pipe Organs to Dumpsters, Why You Won’t Change Your Mind

Last month, Christian McCaffery became the first white running back to be drafted in the first round in more than 40 years.

CHICAGO, IL (May 5, 2017) — Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

The NFL’s Racial Divide

Most talk about race and the NFL focuses on the dearth of black quarterbacks. But race seems to play a role at every position. For example, 99 percent of cornerbacks are African-American and there hasn’t been a single white player listed as a first stringer or backup at the position since 2003.

Other numbers: 81 percent of centers are white, 97.8 percent of kickers and punters are white, and 87.5 percent of running backs are black. When the Carolina Panthers chose Christian McCaffery eighth overall in the recent draft, he became the first white running back to be picked in the first round in more than 40 years. (The article, which focuses in part on McCaffrey, was published before the draft).

It isn’t just an NFL issue. the process of being assigned or self-selecting positions by race begins at high school or even earlier.

From the article: Hall of Famer Tony Dungy doesn’t expect the situation to change. White players who may make good corners don’t see a path to continue playing the position if they advance in the game – and that matters. “We’ve kind of stereotyped our young kids into different thought patterns. And most of it is based on perception. There was a time when we didn’t have black quarterbacks. The thought of, for black kids, ‘OK, I’m going to play quarterback and I’m going to the NFL,’ it wasn’t there.”

You’re not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You

Why are we so quick to trust one piece of information and equally willing to not trust another? This humorous comic will tell you all you need to know. Just be sure to read “Church Closes but Where Does Pipe Organ Go?” to the end. Trust me.

Church Closes but Where Does Pipe Organ Go?

There are a lot of pipe organs out there for churches to buy. Fewer and fewer congregations want to buy them, so there is a market glut. Churches that still use the organs during worship are encountering a different problem. There are a lot fewer organists.

From the article: “It’s a shame to see something like a pipe organ, especially a good one in good condition, go without a use. But unless there’s somewhere active to put it and real interest in funding it, organs like that very, very frequently wind up in dumpsters.”

Why I Changed My Mind About Singles Ministry

Writer Cherry Crayton, who has always been single, wants the church to respond differently to singles but not in the way readers might initially think. Single and married people may have some different life issues, but the core needs and desires are the same.

From the article: Because, whether we’re married, wanting to be married, or content being single, our most important relationship is God, our greatest purpose is to live a life that glorifies God, and our highest calling is to love others as God loves us.

And, as sons and daughters of God, the question we face is not “When will you get married?” but rather the one John Wesley often asked: “How is it with your soul?”

28 Shocking Photos of Crash Helmets

As the weather turns warmer in the states with four seasons, there will be a lot more people riding motorcycles, bikes, and skateboards. People will give a lot of reasons for not wearing helmets. These photos provide the rebuttal.

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Stan Friedman

Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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2 Comments

  1. I agreed wholeheartedly with the article on singles in the church except for two parts: The first is that the writer still felt obliged to explain/defend her single state to the married folk who continually badgered her. I fail to understand why those of us who remain single owe anyone an explanation at all. I mean, I don’t demand explanations from people about their consumer debt or whether they’re in marriage counseling. That would make me nosy and impolite.

    The second part I disagreed with is that the writer seemed to make excuses for people’s anti-social behavior toward her as a single person, calling them “well-meaning.” I mean, heavens. Somebody actually deceived her into attending a speed dating event? How completely over the line is that? That’s not well-meaning at all. That is invasive and belittling and…I just have no words for that behavior. Boundaries, people!

    That said, I loved the re-frame. “How is it with your soul?” What a wonderful point of connection between us!

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