At­tacks on the Bible; thoughts on soft­ball

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In­tro­duc­tion: To­day’s col­umn will touch on three top­ics. Each of these three top­ics could well de­mand a whole col­umn each. A few words of each will have to suf­fice with lim­ited space avail­able.

The three top­ics will be dis­cussed gen­er­ally un­der 1) At­tacks on the Bible, 2) The ex­pres­sion “Eat­ing Crow,” and 3) Soft­ball – the last word. Mu­seum of the Bible: Most Amer­i­cans are con­stantly ex­posed to at­tacks on the Bible and vi­tal is­sues of the Book that God gave hu­mans to di­rect them in life on Earth and even­tu­ally to eter­nal life in heaven. The pre­vi­ous sen­tence af­firms this writer’s be­lief that God ex­ists.

The av­er­age Amer­i­can, what­ever their re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion, man­i­fests a great lack of knowl­edge of how we came to have the Bible. Fol­low­ing that, there is a dearth of what the Bible ac­tu­ally says or re­veals to mankind.

In front of me are two prom­i­nent com­po­si­tions con­cern­ing the Bible. First, there is an ar­ti­cle telling about the Mu­seum of the Bible. This ar­ti­cle from News­max dis­cusses as­pects of the grand open­ing of the mu­seum right off the Na­tional Mall in Washington, D. C. The nar­ra­tive fol­lows the dec­la­ra­tion of the title which states, “Na­tion’s cap­i­tal re­dis­cov­ers its roots.” The sub­ti­tle then af­firms, “Amer­ica’s spir­i­tual un­der­pin­nings ex­pe­ri­ence a resur­gence– on dis­play at D. C.’s Bible Mu­seum.”

It is hoped I get to visit that mu­seum. I would en­cour­age all Amer­i­can’s to visit the mu­seum and make a visit there avail­able to your chil­dren. I say that at a time the Bible and the Chris­tian re­li­gion have been un­der at­tack by athe­ists, in­fi­dels, mod­ernists, skep­tics and lib­er­als reach­ing far back in his­tory.

The se­cond ar­ti­cle men­tioned above is one from the Newsweek mag­a­zine. The head­line reads, “Bible, Cre­ation of the World and Story of First Man Not True, Claims Is­raeli News­pa­per.” The pur­pose of that ar­ti­cle is com­plete op­po­site to the one about the Mu­seum in Washington.

The ar­ti­cle gave much weight to the ab­sence of phys­i­cal ev­i­dence High, Gor­don Cen­tral High and Sono­rav­ille High has been a ma­jor topic of dis­cus­sion in Gor­don County since the be­gin­ning of this school year. In the last few weeks of re­gion and state play­offs, the dis­cus­sion has been in­tense.

In Wed­nes­day’s paper, Alex Far­rer dis­cusses both Cal­houn High’s and Sono­rav­ille High’s trip last week to Columbus for the State Tour­na­ment. Most peo­ple know Cal­houn won the State AAA Cham­pi­onship. Coach Chad Hayes and his Lady Phoenix are not to be dis­counted in any phase of their trip or com­pe­ti­tion in the big show. Coach Hayes has brought the Sono­rav­ille pro­gram to a height pos­si­bly not imag­ined just a few years ago. The Lady Phoenix played close games with some of the strong­est teams in the state. As stated in my sports col­umn of Wed­nes­day, the girls from the East Side of the County have a lot to be proud of.

Yes, there will be prob­a­bly more to be said about soft­ball by rea­son of re­ac­tions ( good and bad) and awards yet to be named. I do say at this point that this was a sea­son not sup­posed to be. Gone from three state cham­pi­onship teams and one run­ner-up were six grad­u­ates who had been “big guns” on all four of those teams.

This sea­son wasn’t sup­posed to be, by rea­son of the ob­sta­cles Coach Diane Smith and the Lady Jackets had to over­come all along the jour­ney to the big prize. Coach Lisa Drake was in­jured about the time prac­tice be­gan and later her dad died. Still, the trooper hung in there and in her first year as an as­sis­tant coach made great con­tri­bu­tions to the at­ti­tude and the play of the team. The starters quit­ting af­ter four games, while imag­ined large, fi­nally turned out to be a small bump in the road. Fi­nally, there was the ab­sence for the Columbus games a most valu­able player in Blair Hall. Blair Hall was a true in­stru­ment of great­ness in both halves of any in­ning; in sim­ple terms that means as both a pitcher and as a bat­ter. Let’s eat crow: Sorry: Eat­ing crow will have to be a part of next Wed­nes­day’s Sports Col­umn, plus Ev­ery Girl a Win­ner.

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