Russia and Ukraine go to war

Russia has invaded Ukrainian territory–the Crimea, formerly an autonomous region that has been the flashpoint for war for centuries.  The Crimea has a Russian majority and a major Russian naval base at Sevastapol–Russia’s prize warm water port–so the incursion of troops there is not surprising.  But now Russia’s target seems to be  Ukraine proper, and the new pro-Western government is mobilizing its military and claiming that Russia has, in effect, declared war. [Read more…]

The actual definition of “hypocrisy”

Justin Taylor, my editor at Crossway, points out many people who use the word “hypocrisy” do not know what it actually means.  It isn’t not practicing what you preach, but not believing what you say you do.  [Read more…]

George Washington, political prophet

On George Washington’s birthday, February 22, it is the custom in the United States Senate to read aloud his Farewell Address.   This year those words must have stung those who heard it, since Washington seemed to be describing with great precision the state of American politics.  It is as if the Father of Our Country took his children to the woodshed. [Read more…]

The pension black hole

Despite its wealthy Silicon Valley population, the city of San Jose, California, is broke and is having to slash city services, from fixing potholes to running libraries.  This is because the city has to devote 25% of its revenue to pay pensions for retired city workers, which, thanks to union negotiators, is as much as 90% of their salaries.

Something like this is happening in lots of cities and may herald a national crisis to come. [Read more…]

How to see what is invisible

The final gem I want to share with you from last Sunday’s sermon at our church is this quote from the early church father Theodore of Mopsuestia: “We have eyes to see what is visible, and faith to see what is invisible.” [Read more…]

A proposal for a new national holiday

There is a proposal before the body politic to declare a 12th national holiday:  Baseball’s Opening Day!

Finally, a cause to unite all Americans.  Or not.  I suppose we could also make Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday, to keep the balance of American sports, and since federal workers usually don’t have to work on Sundays anyway, it wouldn’t cost anything.  Or, if 12 is too many federal holidays–that’s over two weeks of paid vacations–we could move a bunch of the existing ones to Sundays, since that once-sacred day is no longer generally set apart anymore.

So what about Opening Day being a national holiday?  Why should our holidays be all about the government, political leaders, unions, and war?  Why not a sports day? [Read more…]