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North West Junior Hockey League weekend recap

first_img1. Grande Prairie 2. North Peace3. Fort St. John4. FairviewAdvertisement On Friday night Fort St. John Huskies fell 3-1 to the North Peace Navigators. The Huskies goal was scored by Daylen Pearson with Owen Barker getting the assist. Daimon Derouin stopped 33 of 35 shots.Rounding out Friday’s schedule, Sexsmith had their way with Beaverlodge 7-3. Five players for the Vipers had multi point games.Two games were on tap on Saturday after the postponement between Slave Lake and Grande Prairie. Sexsmith once again took on Beaverlodge and took the game 5-2. Goaltender Nathan Batt stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Vipers.- Advertisement -The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks doubled up the Fairview Flyers 4-2. Connor Rose had three points in the game for Dawson Creek.The lone game on Sunday had the North Peace Navigators taking on the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks. The Navs took the win 3-1. Talon Walton stopped 21 of 22 shots for North Peace.Below are the league standings as of today: Advertisement 5. Dawson Creek6. Beaverlodge7. Sexsmith8. Slave Lakelast_img read more

Beaton, Ramkissoon among top karatekas at GKF senior national championships

first_imgThe Guyana Karate Federation (GKF) concluded a successful Senior National Championships this past Sunday as Keith Beaton, Roger Peroune and others shined during the day-long competition.Karatekas of the 2018 National Senior Championships pose following a successful tournamentThe Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) came alive with top perfromances by the fighters in the two categories – Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring). The competition commenced with the Kata, which saw exceptional performances as Jayanti Ram emerged winner in the Female 14-17 Kata, earning herself the first place, with Jessica Callender and Rehuma Holder placing second and third respectively.In the Male 14-17 Kata, John McGrath copped the first place as Roy De Younge and Trevon Miller came in second and third. In the Female 18 and Over Kata, Wanda Agdomar came out on top, while Kristine Ramkissoon and Aolione Griffith placed second and third respectively.The Male 18 and Over Kata saw the match for the coveted first place between last year’s finalist and 2017 champ Peroune and Malcolm Francis (2017 runner-up). Peroune brought his A-game and earned the first-place spot once again, Francis placed second and Otho Harris placed third.First place in the Female Team Kata went to Team Association do Shotokan Karate-Guyana (ASK-G) comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith. Second place was taken by Team Guyana Karate College (GKC) – Genoveva Buelna, Ram and Nalini Rampersaud.Male Team Kata saw Team ASK-G comprising Peroune, Francis and Avinash Ramgolam coming out victorious; earning second was National Martial Arts Association (NMAA) with members Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Dillon Hyman and Team Berbice Shotokan Karate Dojo (BSKD) with members Mahadeo Ramotar, Shemar Parkinson and D’Andre DaSilva placed third.The Female 14-17 Kumite saw Callender gaining first place and Reheima Holder placing second. In the Male 14-17 Under 68kg Kumite, Shakeem Walcott earned first place, Kevin Bradford second and Roy DeYounge third.The Male 14-17 68kg and Over category saw Mark Wong placing first, Trevon Miller and Jerral Barker earning the second and third positions respectively. The Female 18 and Over minus 61kg Kumite saw Ram placing first in this division and Buelna earning the second place. The Female 18 and Over minus 76kg Kumite saw Griffith placing and Agdomar earning second.In the Female 18 and Over, 76kg and Over Kumite, Ramkissoon earned first place and Rampersaud second. In the Male 18 and Over, Under 67kg category, Ryan Alleyne won first place, Ramgolam second and Harris third.The Male 18 and Over, Under 84kg Kumite saw Parkinson win first place, Angelo Harris second and Rodwell Alleyne third. In the Male 18 and Over, 84kg and Over contest, Beaton won first place against Dillon Hyman who came in second (the two athletes have met in the finals of the senior nationals on numerous occasions) with Samuel Monroe earning third.In Female Team Kumite, first place went to Team ASK-G comprising Agdomar, Ramkissoon and Griffith, and second place was taken by Team GKC – Buelna, Ram and Rampersaud.Male Team Kumite saw Team NMAA featuring Rodwell Alleyne, Ryan Alleyne and Hyman came out victorious, earning second was Team ASK-G, with Beaton, Parkinson and Ramgolam.Meanwhile, the organisers extended gracious and heartfelt thanks to the National Sports Commission (NSC) for all the assistance it offered leading up to this exceptional competition and thanked the volunteers, athletes, and the public as well.last_img read more

Israeli bid to host Messi in Jerusalem thrust politics to fore

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi attends a training session at the FC Barcelona ‘Joan Gamper’ sports centre near Barcelona on June 6, 2018 © AFP / PAU BARRENAJERUSALEM, ZZZ, Jun 6 – Israel’s bid to stage a high-profile football match against Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem inevitably thrust politics and the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the fore.The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires confirmed Tuesday that the pre-World Cup friendly international had been cancelled, citing threats against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. The original plan had been to stage the match in the northern coastal city of Haifa, at the state-of-the-art Sami Ofer stadium where Israel usually hosts international games.But Israeli sports minister Miri Regev, an outspoken hardliner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, launched a campaign to move the venue to Jerusalem.That hit a nerve with Palestinians, already outraged by US President Donald Trump’s transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May after he recognised the disputed city as capital of Israel.Guatemala and Paraguay have since followed suit.Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev wears a dress featuring an image of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, also known as the Temple Mount, as she attends a screening at the Cannes film festival on May 17, 2017 © AFP / Antonin THUILLIERPalestinians claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in a move never recognised internationally, as the capital of their future state.Israel considers the entire city its own “indivisible” capital, and Regev has been at the forefront of the fight to win international backing for that position.Last year Regev, who is also culture minister, turned heads at the Cannes film festival when she arrived in an evening dress featuring the image of a flashpoint Islamic shrine in east Jerusalem.She has publicly supported allowing Jewish prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, currently banned for fears it could spark a backlash by Muslims.The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is sacred in both religions and a regular scene of flare-ups between Israelis and Palestinians.Regev’s bid to host the Argentina match in Jerusalem comes after the city in May hosted one of cycling’s biggest races, the Giro d’Italia.The timing of the match carried extra symbolism as Israel celebrates 70 years since it achieved statehood and 44 years since it seized Palestinian east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War.Speaking to Israeli army radio on Monday, Regev said she had released $694,400 (598,000 euros) to cover expenses incurred by the venue change.“Jerusalem is worth every shekel,” she said.“After we’ve been fighting for embassies to move to Jerusalem, there is absolutely no question.”– Israel ‘red card’ –More money came from the coffers of Comtec, the private Israeli promoter of the event, which according to Israeli and Argentine media paid up to $3 million to the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to make the June 9 game happen.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub stands in front of a “thank you” sign addressed to Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 6, 2018 © AFP / ABBAS MOMANIBut Palestinians were equally determined to stop it.Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub on Sunday urged Messi not to play in Jerusalem and called on fans to burn shirts bearing his name if he did.On Wednesday Rajoub welcomed the about-turn, which he said served as a “red card” to Israel.Pro-Palestinian groups in Buenos Aires had called for protests against the match, saying that “there is nothing friendly about playing the Israeli apartheid game.”Regev’s gambit also came under fire within Israel.At a meeting of parliament’s state audit committee on Monday, chair Shelly Yachimovich raised questions about ticket allocations after only 20,000 of nearly 32,000 places went on sale to the general public.Regev said the remainder were earmarked for the promoter, sponsors, Israeli FA officials and others.Yachimovich said she had also asked sports ministry officials about a claim by one of their colleagues that Regev had conditioned her financial support for the event on having an on-pitch photo opportunity and handshake with Messi.“They strongly denied it,” Yachimovich later told Israel army radio.“We can only wait and see,” she added. “None of us would fall off our seats if it did happen.”Regev was also asked about reports that Messi had said he did not intend to shake any politician’s hand.A Palestinian woman prays near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on the third Friday prayers of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on June 1, 2018 © AFP / Ahmad GHARABLIShe said she was not aware of any such statement.“Let’s wait for Messi and we’ll see who will shake hands with whom,” she said.Following the news of the Argentine retreat, Israeli media carried reports of grumblings against Regev, even among aides to Netanyahu.The premier is himself a vigorous promoter of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and has received strong backing from Regev.According to pro-Netanyahu Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom, aides felt that if the match had remained in Haifa, opposition to it taking place in Israel would have been less effective.“Senior sources in Netanyahu’s circle harshly attacked minister Miri Regev for moving the game to Jerusalem,” the paper wrote.“They asked, ‘Why was this necessary?’”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img 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Cyclone leaves millions stranded in Bangladesh

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre By late Friday, 24 hours after the cyclone roared ashore, officials were still trying to get reports from many districts. Dhaka, the capital city of this poor, desperately crowded nation of 150 million people, remained without power. Winds uprooted trees and sent billboards flying through the air, said Ashraful Zaman, an official at the main emergency control room. A government announcement put the death toll at 242, but Dalil Uddin of the Ministry of Disaster Management expected the official toll to go much higher. The United News of Bangladesh news agency, which has reporters deployed across the devastated region, said the count from each affected district left an overall death toll of at least 1,100. Holmes said his U.N. agency believes that more than 20,000 houses have been damaged in the hardest-hit districts and that the death toll is expected to climb beyond the government’s figures. About 150 fishing trawlers were unaccounted for, he said. Hasanul Amin, assistant director of the cyclone preparedness program sponsored by the government and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, said about a dozen teams had been deployed to the worst-hit areas in the country’s southwest. But it was slow going. In the village of Sharankhola, some people waited for hours to get dry biscuits and rice, according to Bishnu Prasad, a United News of Bangladesh reporter on the scene. “We have lost everything,” a farmer, Moshararf Hossain, told Prasad. “We have nowhere to go.” The cyclone swept in from the Bay of Bengal and roared across the southwestern coast late Thursday with driving rain and high waves, leveling thousands of flimsy huts and destroying crops and fish farms in 15 coastal districts, officials and witnesses said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DHAKA, Bangladesh – Aid workers struggled Friday to help survivors of Tropical Cyclone Sidr, which blasted Bangladesh with 150 mph winds, killing a reported 1,100 people, savaging coastal towns and leaving millions without power in the deadliest such storm in more than a decade. Rescuers – some even employing the brute force of elephants – contended with roads that were washed out or blocked by wind-blown debris to try to get water and food to people stranded by flooding. The damage to livelihood, housing and crops from Sidr will be “extremely severe,” said John Holmes, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, adding that the world body was making millions of dollars in aid available to Bangladesh. The winds wreaked havoc on the country’s electricity and telephone lines, affecting even areas that were spared a direct hit, and leaving the full picture of the death and destruction unclear. last_img read more

BRAVE NOIRIN’S FAMILY IN HOPE FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH – AND YOU CAN HELP!

first_imgTHE FAMILY of brave schoolgirl Noirin Nic Garbhaith has launched a fundraising drive to see if US clinical trials can help her condition.Noirin suffered severe spinal injuries in a car crash in May 2008.Now aged seven, she has defied all the odds with her spirit for life and is a cheerful pupil at Scoil Mhuire in Derrybeg – as well as being active in swimming and horse riding! Her amazing thirst for life has won admirers all over the world.Her Spinal Cord Injury has now been assessed at the Shriner’s Medical Centre in Philadelphia where doctors believe a cure could be achieved in the next decade.The family has now decided to help fundraise for the research which could lead to that cure.Donegaldaily.com is encouraging readers to make a donation to that research – which involves stem cell implants – at www.justadollarplease.org. Noirin’s mum Sonia said her little girl always remains positive despite all she has faced.“There are moments however when we all struggle to come to terms with what has happened and how our lives have been turned upside down,” she said.“Our family has spent the last three years trying to adapt to our new way of life while encouraging Noirin to be as independent and happy as possible.“We have trying our best to come to keep the complications of SCI to a minimum but this is easier said than done.“As a parent there is an inate urge to find to fix the problem and while I realise there is no cure for SCI at present, I am aware that there is a lot happening in this area and I wish to take an active part in this for Noirin and for all those living with this injury.” Six patients spinal cords have been injected with umbilical cord stem cells – led by Dr Wise Young at Rutgers University, New Jersey.Noirin’s loving family are planning a number of fundraisers in the coming months – and we’ll be highlighting them here on donegaldaily.com.We’re asking all our Facebook friends to send this story to as many people as possible.And please make a donation. BRAVE NOIRIN’S FAMILY IN HOPE FOR MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH – AND YOU CAN HELP! was last modified: March 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:derrybegnoirinSCIstem cell researchlast_img read more

Newcastle linked with January move for West Ham and Everton target

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Most Read In Football scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update And Newcastle are one of the teams looking at Brahimi, according to reports quoted by the Shields Gazette.The Magpies have previously considered the potential of signing Brahimi, though it is claimed they failed with a summer swoop for the winger as his £26million price tag was too steep. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT A move to the Premier League has long been expected for Brahimi Brahimi is in his fifth season with Porto, and he’s been widely considered as one of their best players in that time Newcastle are keen on signing Yacine Brahimi when the transfer window reopens, according to reports.Brahimi, the Algeria winger, is expected to leave Porto in January having failed to agree a new contract with the Estadio do Dragao club. tense 2 whoops RANKED BEST OF revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest His current deal expires at the end of the season, and Porto are now looking to flog him for a fee this winter rather than lose the 28-year-old for nothing in the summer.Brahimi has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, having impressed for Porto since joining from Granada almost four-and-a-half years ago, and his contract situation has alerted clubs to his availability once again. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 However, he will be available for much cheaper in January, reopening the door for a move to Tyneside.The report also claims both West Ham and Everton have renewed their interest in Brahimi heading into the January transfer window, while Wolves are believed to have also looked at the Algeria international.last_img read more

KILLYBEGS KIDS PROVE THEY LOVE TO WALK IN ALL WEATHERS!

first_imgPupils from Niall Mor walking back to happiness!Killybegs children have proved they just LOVE to walk in all weathers!Pupils and teachers from Niall Mor National School in Killybegs celebrated St Valentine’s by holding a ‘Love to Walk to School Week’ from 10th to 14th February.Under the guidance of Green-Schools co-ordinator Geraldine McGuire the whole school community are working hard to travel to school in a sustainable way as part of their Green-Schools Travel programme. The aim of the walking week was to encourage more active travel to school instead of travelling in the car every day. This benefits the environment, the community’s health and makes the road outside the school much safer.Daily monitoring by the Green-Schools Committee has recorded a significant increase in walking, cycling and Park and Stride where families are parking the car further away from the school and walking part of the way.“We were delighted to see so many parents and children walking and cycling to school this week even in the snow and hail. A big thank you to all those that made such a fantastic effort” acknowledged Lisa McDaniel, Green-Schools Education Officer with An Taisce Green-Schools.  KILLYBEGS KIDS PROVE THEY LOVE TO WALK IN ALL WEATHERS! was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KillybegsNiall MOr National Schoolwalkinglast_img read more

All new Cavern Garden opens this bank holiday weekend

first_imgThe Cavern Bar in Letterkenny is putting the final touches together in getting its brand new concept ‘The Cavern Garden’ ready to open tonight. The all new Cavern Garden located upstairs is designed to create a unique beer garden that will cater for a diverse range of customers with its outdoor heated area, new bar and brand new party room with a private bar.In addition to the new beer garden and party room, it brings the Cavern to the next level in terms of TV screens and adds to its reputation as one of Ireland’s leading sports bars with 21 screens and one massive projected screen in the beer garden. The beer garden is the first of its kind to hit the Letterkenny and Donegal bar scene, as it is carefully designed to create a modern feel and exciting atmosphere. This weekend sees it all kick off with entertainment right through the weekend and the new Garden open. Sports will be shown in the Garden on Saturday and Sunday along with the Annual Fancy Dress Halloween party on Sunday night with €200 in cash to be won!Call on down to the Cavern this bank holiday weekend to check out “The Cavern Garden” opening this evening at 6pm.Check out the Cavern Facebook Page for all the latest info:https://www.facebook.com/cavernletterkenny Cavern LetterkennyAll new Cavern Garden opens this bank holiday weekend was last modified: October 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: Kerr recalls when he knew Draymond Green was a special player

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/20/bang_71117d19-1d0b-4460-89fb-ede96f7a73af”]It was a practice day for the Golden State Warriors and that gave coach Steve Kerr time to reflect on the veterans on the team.He offered updates on Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, two key pieces to the team’s dynasty. He also talked about the first time he realized Green would be a special player in the NBA. It was back in 2014 when he watched the Warriors vs. Clippers series that went to a Game 7. He said …last_img read more

Is Male Circumcision Healthy?

first_imgReligious traditions aside, science occasionally weighs in on whether circumcision is good or bad for males.Benefits for men: A paper in PLoS One says that men suffer fewer injuries during sex if they have been circumcised. Over 3,000 men in Kenya aged 18-24 years old were surveyed, half of them circumcised. Self-reporting indicated fewer injuries in the circumcised group, leading the five researchers to conclude,Self-reported penile coital injuries were common and decreased significantly following circumcision. Improving sexual experience through the removal of a potential source of sexual discomfort may resonate with many men targeted for circumcision services. The role of penile coital injuries in sexual satisfaction, HIV, HSV-2, and as a motivator for seeking circumcision services should be explored further.Benefits for women: An article in Medical Xpress claims that female partners of circumcised men suffer fewer sexually transmitted diseases and cancer risks. This was no small study:Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and global health nonprofit and Hopkins affiliate Jhpiego analyzed 60 publications and found consistent evidence that male circumcision is associated with decreased risk in women for cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, herpes simplex virus type 2 (the main cause of genital herpes), chlamydia, and syphilis. They also found additional evidence that male circumcision is associated with decreased risk for human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts.Any claimed benefits of circumcision for the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases can be rendered moot via a different practice: faithful monogamy.Neither article discussed the religious traditions behind male circumcision, which have a long history since ancient times. Female genital mutilation, by contrast, is a serious issue in discussions of women’s rights in Muslim countries where it is forcibly practiced. See Steinfeld and Earp’s piece on The Conversation about the different types of genital modification practices between males and females, and the controversies arising from these practices as modern attitudes confront ancient traditions. Steinfeld and Earp feel that alleged benefits of male circumcision are equivocal. Indeed, some men become quite agitated about having been ‘violated’ against their will, seeking to go as far as reconstructive surgery. They get some support from medical professionals like popular radio doctor Dean Edell, who has strongly opposed routine circumcision on the grounds it reduces a man’s sexual pleasure. How he could measure such a subjective experience seems dubious.Other MDs, such as the late Christian missionary doctor Paul Brand—an expert on leprosy—have looked for divine wisdom in the Biblical command that sons of Abraham be circumcised. In his classic book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, he showed that the 8th day after birth, when male children were brought to the Temple to be circumcised, was the time of least bleeding. He also argued that removal of the foreskin prevented transmission of diseases to women. News reports seem to waver pro and con on male circumcision, but the balance of evidence lately seems to be trending in favor of it.Christians need to be careful in pushing arguments too far for or against circumcision. For one thing, the requirement for circumcision was nullified by the gospel of Christ, as Paul states forcefully in his epistle to the Galatians (5:2-6, 6:15). It’s true he had Timothy circumcised (Acts 16:3) but that was not for spiritual merit, but in order to prevent a stumbling block to Jews in the team’s ministry to the church in Ephesus. To claim that circumcision was commanded for health reasons raises theological issues. Did God create a mistake that had to be removed for good health? To avoid that obviously false notion, an apologist would either have to argue that the foreskin became unhealthy after the Fall, or else God foreknew that He would be ordering circumcision for the Jews later. The latter seems dubious, not only because the command was not universal, but it came some 2,000 years after Adam (according to conservative Biblical dating). Also, if it was given for health reasons, why did Paul emphasize that it was meaningless? One must also recognize that circumcision has been widely practiced by non-Abrahamic tribes including ancient Egyptians and in parts of Asia and Africa. It seems obvious, too, that the practice has not had a measurable impact on fertility between people groups.Christians are not alone in having philosophical issues with circumcision. Evolutionists need to ask why natural selection created a body part that reduces fitness, if indeed the foreskin facilitates the transmission of disease and needs to be removed. So why does the foreskin exist? Does anyone know? There are conundrums on both sides. For Bible believers, the best explanation seems to be that it was created to protect the more sensitive glans, but has degenerated since the Fall to become a habitat for harmful microbes. That would make the conundrum similar to explaining other forms of natural evil, like parasitism. Historically and theologically, the foreskin seems to have become a symbol of one’s old life that could be removed without lasting harm, as a type of casting off of the flesh through a blood sacrifice for sin. Its location right at the point of the reproduction of the human race seems significant. Secondarily, it was a sign of God’s calling out of the Jews to be His special covenant people. (How many others would ever see that sign, other than God, the man and his wife, is unclear, unless the men in those days washed or worked unclad on occasion, which seems rare in that culture; but by Greek and Roman times, the popularity of the baths would have made it inescapable to Jews who participated.) We know that circumcision was a source of great national pride to Hebrew men. Paul boasted of his former life as an exemplary Jew that he had been circumcised on the 8th day (Philippians 3:5). Jews looked with disdain on the ‘uncircumcised’ Gentiles, an attitude early Christians had to learn to overcome (Acts 11). But on the downside, appearing different before other men could have become a source of persecution in the face of their uncircumcised enemies.About the only advice we can give for Christians these days is to come to your own reasoned opinion, understanding that historical attitudes don’t matter to us, and more importantly, that the gospel renders circumcision devoid of theological value. Christianity neither requires circumcision nor forbids it. Parents may want to consider whether not circumcising might submit their boy to ridicule in middle school locker rooms these days, but must also look further down the road to consider whether as a man that child may become angry at having been ‘mutilated’ without his consent. The above articles may inform parents whether circumcision has health value for the man and his future wife. Whatever is decided, it should be for scientific reasons, not theological reasons. If worried Christian parents choose it to ‘cover the bases’ of Biblical commands, they need to consider Paul’s admonition, “I testify again to every man who receives circumcision [i.e., as a spiritually meritorious act], that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.” The gospel of Christ precludes any external works. That was even true of saving faith in the Old Testament. Both Moses and Jeremiah preached that God overwhelmingly desires circumcising the heart (figuratively speaking), not the flesh. In the family of God through Jesus Christ, an uncircumcised Gentile can be ‘circumspect’ in character. That’s what matters to God. It always has—for men and women. (Visited 617 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more