Five for Friday: Veggie Sliders That ‘Bleed,’ Wellness Obsession, No Sox Fans

CHICAGO, IL (April 13, 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.

White Castle to Offer Beef-like Veggie Burger

White Castle is considered the first fast-food chain, so it seems fitting that it would be this purveyor of gastronomic a new possibly healthy meat alternative. Will it taste like manna from heaven or something else? And will it have the same White Castle fragrant aroma?

From the article: “While a mushroom or black-bean patty probably won’t fool anyone into thinking it’s real meat, the Impossible Slider might. It sizzles on the grill and bleeds juices when you sink your teeth into it. The secret ingredient is heme, a molecule found in most living things that gives blood its color, turns meat pink, and lends a beef burger its slightly metallic flavor and savory aroma.”

Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care

Writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich recently published her latest book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer. In it, she opines that the our culture has developed an unhealthy view of wellness that results in an obsession with our bodies and a destructive approach to death.

From the article: “Once I realized I was old enough to die, I decided that I was also old enough not to incur any more suffering, annoyance, or boredom in the pursuit of a longer life. I eat well, meaning I choose foods that taste good and that will stave off hunger for as long as possible, like protein, fiber, and fats. I exercise—not because it will make me live longer but because it feels good when I do. As for medical care: I will seek help for an urgent problem, but I am no longer interested in looking for problems that remain undetectable to me. Ideally, the determination of when one is old enough to die should be a personal decision, based on a judgment of the likely benefits, if any, of medical care and—just as important at a certain age—how we choose to spend the time that remains to us.”

Each Morning, Bus Driver Braids Girl’s Hair

Isabella Pierri’s mom died two years ago. A school bus driver’s daily act of kindness has helped the daughter.

From the article: “It makes me feel like she’s a mom pretty much to me,’ Isabella told KSL-TV. ‘And it makes me excited for the next day to see what she does.’”

Armed at Church: Why Congregation is not a “Gun-Free Zone”

The Lighthouse Mexico Church Of God not only rejects being a “gun-free zone,” the pastor wants his congregants to be armed.

From the article: “The pastor attends concealed carry courses with his parishioners, where he beams with pride watching them practice their aim. If he’s not proactive in his attempts to stop a mass shooting, he says, then he’s complicit.”

Report: Only 974 Fans at Rays vs White Sox Game

The ballpark where the White Sox play is called Guaranteed Rate field, a company with a logo that includes an arrow pointed down. It’s not a good sign. It seems to describe attendance trends for the team.

As some of the commenters below the story note, the writer did leave out that it was 33 degrees at game time. Cubs fans were all too happy to respond that their team played at the same time and still had good attendance.

Last week, we linked to a story, “What Baseball Can Learn from Religion.” Sox Ownership might want to read it.

From the article: ‘Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays had an official attendance of 10,377, but the number of spectators actually at the stadium was much lower. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, only 974 people showed up.’

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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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