Five for Friday: Amazing Drawing, Praying Mantis Ray-Bans, Gymnast’s Statement

CHICAGO, IL (February 9, 2018) – 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.

Praying Mantises with Glasses Help Scientist See Differently

I’m trying to imagine what the scientists put on the grant application when they were trying to explain that they wanted to put glasses on the praying mantises.

From the article: “Uncovering the particulars of mantis stereo vision required a lot of patience and a little beeswax. Luckily, Nityananda and his teammates had both. Using the beeswax like glue — in a way that did not harm the insects — they affixed lenses to their faces. The lenses, similar to old-fashioned 3-D movie glasses, had one blue filter paired with one green filter.  The mantises then were placed in front of a screen — an insect cinema, the researchers called it.”

The Michigan Town Where Only Christians Are Allowed to Buy Houses

Christians say they live by the New Covenant, but a lawsuit reveals that at least one community is still clinging to an old covenant to keep their neighborhood a paradise.

From the article: “Prospective homeowners, according to a bylaw introduced in 1947 and strengthened in 1986, are required to produce evidence of their faith by providing among other things a letter from a Christian minister testifying to their active participation in a church.”

Artist Creates Amazing 3D Drawings

This is amazing. I never made it past stick figures.

From the article: “Anamorphic art stems from the early Renaissance, and was popularized by artists such as M. C. Escher, who made distorted images that could only be understood when viewed at a certain angle. Vamos uses the same technique to create his work, photographing each 2D drawing from specific angles, creating the illusion that they’re 3D. While many of Vamos’ mind-boggling illustrations appear to leap from their pages towards the viewer, others appear to recess inwards through the table and down towards an unknown abyss.”

Gymnast’s Advocacy for Abuse Victims Leads to Ostracism

A video of former gymnast Rachael Denhollander giving her impact statement following the conviction of Larry Nassar went viral, but most people only focused on her statement that one day the convicted abuser would experience forgiveness. There was so much more to what she said, however, and it has taken years for her to be able to say it.

From the article: “But I have found it very interesting, to be honest, that every single Christian publication or speaker that has mentioned my statement has only ever focused on the aspect of forgiveness. Very few, if any of them, have recognized what else came with that statement, which was a swift and intentional pursuit of God’s justice. Both of those are biblical concepts. Both of those represent Christ. We do not do well when we focus on only one of them.”

What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn

If you think your teenager hasn’t watched porn on their phone or computer, then you are probably mistaken. This is a frank article and some people may be turned off by it, including the suggestion for how to deal with the issues raised. But the church can’t ignore the messages teens – and adults – are internalizing and how that impacts relationships.

From the article: “These images confound many teenagers about the kinds of sex they want or think they should have. In part, that’s because they aren’t always sure what is fake and what is real in porn. Though some told me that porn was fantasy or exaggerated, others said that porn wasn’t real only insofar as it wasn’t typically two lovers having sex on film. Some of those same teenagers assumed the portrayal of how sex and pleasure worked was largely accurate. That seems to be in keeping with a 2016 survey of 1,001 11-to-16-year-olds in Britain. Of the roughly half who had seen pornography, 53 percent of boys and 39 percent of girls said it was ‘realistic.’”

 

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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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