Five for Friday: Winning Dog Photos, Making History, Educating Tennis Umpires

CHICAGO, IL (July 7, 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.

Dog Photographer of the Year Awards

When I first read the headline, I wondered whether someone had trained dogs to take pictures, but these photos were taken by human winners of a contest run by the UK-based animal welfare organization the Kennel Club. The above photo, “Mosey loves a cake,” was taken by the winner in the category for photo enthusiasts ages 10 and younger. If you keep scrolling down, you also will come to photos of the ugliest dogs, as well as other nature photos.

Chinese Game Maker Limits Playing Time for Youth

Tencent makes the world’s highest-grossing mobile game, Honor of Kings. The company announced this week they will limit children under the age of 12 to playing only one hour per day and prevent them from accessing the game after 9 p.m. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 will be limited to two hours per day. Tencent’s stock price took a hit when they announced the plan. Is there no honor among investors?

From the article: “The move comes in response to growing complaints that children were becoming addicted to Honor of Kings, which has more than 200 million users and is the world’s top-grossing mobile game. The state-run People’s Daily criticized the game in an editorial following Tencent’s announcement, saying it promotes ‘negative energy’ and could weaken traditional values, according to Bloomberg.”

Creationist Allowed to Remove Grand Canyon Rocks

As Covenanter Bob Smietana wrote: “This is how religious liberty works. Government can’t tell which beliefs are acceptable. That’s why Muslims can build mosques where they want to—and why creationists can study rocks in the Grand Canyon.”

From the article: “Dr. Snelling is a Young-Earth creationist who believes the Earth is only a few thousand years old. The Australian-based scientist also thinks the Grand Canyon was part of the biblical account in the creation of Earth. He holds a doctorate in geology from the University of Sydney and has conducted previous research at the site.”

How Americans Learn and Don’t Learn from History

There’s good news and there’s bad news in this story. Here’s the good news: Just when you least expect it, life changes for the better. Here’s the bad news: Just when you least expect it, war breaks out and superpowers collapse. Only time will tell what our future holds.

From the article: “But there is a deeper reason (to study history), which is that history allows us to understand our own fallibility and hubris, helping us to approach our shortcomings with some degree of humility. It also emphasizes that progress is not linear, nor is it irreversible. With every step forward, we can still take two steps back. But if we study history’s trajectory and learn from our mistakes, perhaps we can be better attuned to what President Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” in his 1861 inaugural address.”

Father Paul Arinze, the Catholic priest who has umpired tennis matches at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and last year’s Olympic Games.

How Do You Train to Be a Tennis Umpire?

If you want to be a tennis umpire, you have to go to school where they teach you how to yell really loud and penalize players who grunt at too high a decibel level. The article quotes a Catholic priest, but it doesn’t say that he also happens to be United States Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s pastor.

From the article: “Father Paul Arinze, a Catholic priest from Wisconsin, US, has umpired matches at Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the US Open, and last year’s Olympic Games. He says being used to talking in front of a congregation helps him control his nerves during tennis matches. When players are angrily questioning a call, he can keep his cool. After all, he is a specialist in forgiveness.”


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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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