A history, told in the shadow tongue
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A history, told in the shadow tongue

Now if your experience is anything like mine, you may have noticed that times of change are when Christians turn on one another, flinging accusations of heresy and false witness. Churches split like this all the time. Let this go on long enough, and you have assorted armies of one, each convinced they are the true bearers of the old ways and vowing vengeance on any and all who say otherwise.

FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer:
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FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer:

During the month of June I was riveted to the TV. World Cup women’s soccer simply absorbed me. I’ve never been an athlete and in my mid-fifties I consider myself lucky to be able to do a few pushups. So watching women from around the world run, pass the ball with accuracy and throw their bodies to the pitch just blows my mind.

There are two things that demand my attention. The first is how far women’s sports has come and has yet to go; the second is how soccer challenges our assumptions about what it means to be female.