Five for Friday: Beating Cancer, Sologamy, Donuts Must Be Stopped


CHICAGO, IL (May 19, 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.

We Will Beat Cancer

A friend who is a longtime cancer researcher says it had been decades since scientists made truly significant progress against theemperor of all maladies,” but he is now excited about the possibilities of what can be accomplished in coming years. That’s thanks to new ways of understanding the disease and fighting it with precision treatments. This long article is fascinating and written so anyone can understand the scientific progress being made.

From the article: “The men and women who are trying to bring down cancer are starting to join forces rather than work alone. Together, they are winning a few of the battles against the world’s fiercest disease.”

Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways

We all know that anyone who says they never lie is lying. This article uses science to explain why humans find it so difficult to be honest. There’s even a link to a quiz that tells you what kind of liar you are.

From the article: “Being deceitful is woven into our very fabric, so much so that it would be truthful to say that to lie is human….Like learning to walk and talk, lying is something of a developmental milestone. While parents often find their children’s lies troubling—for they signal the beginning of a loss of innocence—Kang Lee, a psychologist at the University of Toronto, sees the emergence of the behavior in toddlers as a reassuring sign that their cognitive growth is on track.”

People Are Marrying Themselves, It’s Called ‘Sologamy’

In this growing trend, “sologamists” are celebrating their independence by marrying themselves. Businesses are popping up that provide wedding bands, daily affirmation cards, and even vows. What happens if after a few years you just can’t live with yourself anymore?

These Pictures Make a Powerful Statement About Race

Sometimes you don’t need words. These photos help us to realize what we might subconsciously think about race.

From the article: “In a feature aptly titled ‘Let’s Talk About Race,’ photographer Chris Buck took three photos that flipped stereotypical tropes on their heads by reversing roles typically held by women of color with white women—and vice versa.”

Doughnuts Are on a Global Rampage, and They Must Be Stopped

I’m actually eating a donut as I type this. Coconut with flakes falling haphazardly all across my desk. So I share the author’s dismay at what is happening to this epicurean delight.

From the article: “You tarted yourself up at Glam Donuts in Minneapolis, stepping out in a garish combination of Sriracha and peanut butter. You debuted at Datz Dough in Tampa in the form of a $10 donut ice cream cone. The Nutella-lined ‘cone’ is made of doughnuts filled with jelly-donut-flavored soft serve, topped with bacon caramel popcorn, whipped cream, and a cherry. No, doughnuts. Bad doughnuts.”

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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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