A very Nice blog from the Back Country Chaplain explaining that there is more to archery than what meets the eye.
Originally posted on Doug Gilmer:
For instance, did you know archery is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible? Who would have thought, right? There are verses about archery being used in hunting, competition/recreation, and in battle. Some cover the obvious aspects of archery and its intent while other verses utilize symbolism or metaphor to drive the point home. Archery terminology s used to describe everything from God’s faithfulness to how we should raise our kids. Even the word “sin” comes from an archery term meaning, “to miss the mark”. Beyond its prominence throughout scripture, however, archery offers a number of benefits in the form of sport and recreation for youth and adults.
First, archery is fun. Shooting at stuff is fun. Whether you are shooting at a big round or square target or objects like balloons and apples, it always brings a measure of excitement when the arrow hits the target. The challenge is quickly addictive as participants shoot arrow after arrow, watching its path through the air to the target. It much more interactive and real than video games. Another related benefit; once shooting began on Saturday, none of my students played with the phones.They were simply having so much fun they forgot all about their Facebook pages,Twitter feeds, and text messages.