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Practice Makes Perfect
November 30, 2006, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Brains and Brawn
November 29, 2006, 8:40 pm
Filed under: History

In the Persian War, the Persians had more then 5 million soldiers, including cavalry, infantry, and a navy with 1,207 ships. The Greeks, however, had far fewer troops, and a navy with but 271 ships. But the Greeks won the war. How, you may ask, did they do it? The Greeks won with brave and skillful fighting, but mostly with an excellent military strategy. Two important battles of the war illustrate this perfectly.

The first battle is the Battle of Marathon, in which the Persians fought the Athenians. In this battle, the Athenians were outnumbered three to one. So, to make up for their size, they made their line thinner and longer, with extra men on the flanks, so they would not be surrounded by the many Persians. This minimized the Persians’ size advantage by not allowing them to have more then one man fighting an Athenian at one time. The Athenians’ plan worked extremely well; although the Persians killed most of the Athenians on the inside of the line, the Athenians controlled the outside. They surrounded the remaining Persians, and went on to a great victory, killing 6,400 Persians, and losing only 192 men.

The next battle is the Battle of Salamis, a navy battle. The Greeks were on the island of Salamis, and had planned that they should fight in the narrow strait between the island of Salamis and the mainland of Greece. Fighting in a small area was to the Greek advantage, for the Persian ships did not have room to spread out and use all their ships, and they were not able to use their superior speed. The Greeks, now almost evenly matched with the Persians, won the battle easily, which was the “knockout punch” of the war.

The wise Greeks figured out how to minimize the size advantage of the Persians, and proved their skill in battle. They should be praised for their bravery and skill, but most of all, their brains.

‘Bedlam, Followed by Class’
November 28, 2006, 10:30 pm
Filed under: OU

Bedlam is the most heated game in Oklahoma. Two teams that hate each other face off, playing for yearly bragging rights and the pride that goes with them.

After hours of hitting OSU players in this year’s Bedlam game, Chris Messner (right) showed us the perfect example of a good sport.

This is an excerpt from an article by John Rohde in today’s Oklahoman:

A few minutes after the game, [OSU receiver D’Juan] Woods was alone at the 27-yard line on the west side, down on both knees, face buried in his hands. OU senior offensive tackle Chris Messner, who went unbeaten in Bedlam, boldly
walked over to Woods and helped him to his feet.Messner had made it a point to visit the Cowboys sideline afterward to offer a handshake to anyone willing to accept. Messner was there to offer a gesture, not to gloat. Plenty of other Sooners did the same. Bedlam, followed by class. A nice touch.

‘Neither Slave nor Free’
November 26, 2006, 8:56 pm
Filed under: School Papers

One Sunday morning in 1865, a black man entered a fashionable Episcopalian church in Richmond, Virginia. When Communion was served, he walked down the aisle and knelt at the altar. A rustle of resentment swept through the congregation. Episcopalians use the common cup. Then a distinguished layman stood up, stepped forward, and knelt beside the black man. It was Robert E. Lee. He said to the congregation, “All [Christians] are brothers in Christ. Have we not one Father?” Humbly, the congregation followed his lead.

Robert E. Lee is to be praised for his kindness to the black Christian. Robert E. Lee was a career U.S. Army officer and the most celebrated general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. He also fought in the Mexican War with distinction and served as superintendent at West Point in his lifetime.

Here, Lee shows us that, no matter what race a person is, we are all the same in Christ. All Christians are equal in Christ, for everyone was made in God’s own image. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). We Christians need to remember that, lest we be tempted to judge others by their outward appearance.

Just as the colorblind dog does not care about the color or race of a person, but treats all races with equal loyalty and affection, so we should act. Christians should be “colorblind” and look at the heart.

Don Haskins, coach of the Texas Western basketball team, didn’t care about race. In a time when black players were unheard of, he mixed his team and won the NCAA championship.

On the battlefield, in church, or anywhere else, Robert E. Lee did not look at race, but at the heart. We should follow his example and in so doing, treat all races with equal kindness and respect, so that our lives may be found pleasing to Christ.

Reggie Bush is a Poor Man’s Joe Washington
November 18, 2006, 3:02 pm
Filed under: OU

Check out these two incredible punt returns by Joe Washington. One against OSU and the other against USC.

The Importance of Trust
November 7, 2006, 9:46 pm
Filed under: School Papers

On his march through Asia Minor, Alexander the Great fell ill. The only physician willing to treat him was his friend Phillip, for the others feared that they would be suspected of malpractice if they failed. While Phillip prepared the medicine, Alexander received a letter saying that Phillip had been bribed to poison his master. Alexander kept the letter, and when Phillip came in, showed it to him as he drank the medicine. After reading the letter, Phillip threw himself at the king’s bedside, but Alexander assured him that he had confidence in his honor. Three days later, Alexander appeared before his army, completely healed.

Alexander was a loyal man for trusting his friend in this situation. He was the king of Macedonia and one of the most successful military commanders in history. Before his death, he conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks.

Trust is extremely important in any friendship. Alexander proved that in this instance. If he had trusted the writer of the letter rather than stayed loyal to his friend, he might have died. Alexander demonstrates that a person should choose wisely whom he trusts.

Consider this example: A football player is bribed by the coach of another team to give him their playbook. The player’s coach gets word of this, but trusts his player completely. He doesn’t change his plays out of fear that the other coach knows them. The player is loyal to his coach as well. The coach has justified trust in his player, and the player does not let him down.

Just as the 300 soldiers of Gideon trusted Gideon to lead them against the Midianites, even after he made some seemingly dubious decisions when he cut thousands of troops, so Alexander trusted Phillip.

As Democritus wisely said, “Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.”

Whether he was dealing with his troops, or with the physician Phillip, Alexander always chose carefully and wisely who he trusted. In this regard, we all should strive to be like Alexander the Great.