Why there shouldn’t be clergy at Ground Zero

That Mayor Bloomberg is not inviting clergy to participate in the ten year anniversary events marking the 9/11 anniversary has provoked not a little outrage.  But Lutheran pastor William Cwirla presents a contrary view: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned clergy from participating in this year’s 9/11 memorial events at Ground Zero. Good for him! He’ll save us all a bunch of post-9/11ecumenical hangover headaches on Monday. As far as I’m concerned, clergy are best neither seen nor heard... Read more

When names become adjectives

Some people have made such a contribution in one way or the other that their names pass into the language.  The Washington Post has an interesting feature that takes up some of these names and argues that the actual person was different from the adjective that their names became.  (At the link, you can link further to complete articles about each of these individuals.) Mao was not a Maoist By Jung Chang Chairman Mao extolled the “hard life” for hundreds... Read more

Economic purgatory

Here is a rather more optimistic assessment of the economy, based on the plans of America’s business executives.   I cite it, though, for the figure of speech in the final paragraph: Washington policymakers are entering a crucial period for the nation’s stalling economy, starting with President Obama’s address to Congress about jobs on Thursday, but the fate of the recovery ultimately depends on decisions being made elsewhere: inside corporate America. So far, business leaders have been standing firm, with senior... Read more

Vocation Day

This blog has, for a number of years, been engaged in a crusade to co-opt the secular Labor Day and to get it on the church calendar as a holiday that celebrates the Christian doctrine of vocation.   I think it is working.   I’ve been hearing people making the connection.  (Did you hear that on Sunday?) Remember that vocation does NOT just mean your job, which is important for the over 9% of Americans who do not have one.   Our calling... Read more

Pleasure in toil as God’s gift to man

Your theme for Labor Day, I mean, Vocation Day: What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be... Read more

Defensive plays

Charles Krauthammer, taking a break from bemoaning the state of the world, devoted a column to baseball, specifically to the defensive plays made by a few members of the otherwise hapless but improving Washington Nationals.  I love his descriptions: When you live in a town with a team that is passing rapidly through mediocrity on its way to contention — the Nats have an amazing crop of upcoming young players — you go for the moments. I go to see... Read more

Walk on

Here is a feel-good sports story: Dominique Whaley’s photo is nowhere to be found in Oklahoma’s media guide. Before enrolling at OU, Whaley was an NAIA benchwarmer. Some replacement for DeMarco Murray. Some replacement indeed. Rising out of complete obscurity, Whaley rushed right into OU history Saturday night as the top-ranked Sooners crushed Tulsa 47-14 to open the season. Consider what Whaley accomplished against the Golden Hurricane: • The most rushing touchdowns by an OU walk-on in a single game.... Read more

The coming Obama landslide

Now that President Obama’s poll numbers are at record lows is a good time to make my prediction:  He will win re-election.  Easily.  Maybe in a landslide. That the economy is a mess and that he has botched so many of his jobs will make no difference.  Yes, polls show any generic Republican can beat him.  But we have no generic Republicans running against him.  They are each highly particular.   And they all either turn off or scare to death... Read more

Zero job growth

Economists expected SOME job growth in August, but the numbers came in worse than expected:  ZERO job growth in non-farm occupations. WebMonk alerted me to this, urged me to post it while the information is hot off the wires, and was helpful enough to link to the actual Department of Labor report.  It’s fascinating, though depressing, to read the details.  A sample, but you can read more with the link below. Nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged (0) in August, and the unemployment... Read more

Party our way into extinction!

People who oppose abortion  like to call themselves “pro-life.”  Proponents of abortion object to that term, which implies that they are “anti-life.”   But one of the most forthright defenders of abortion–also post-birth infanticide, euthanasia both voluntary and involuntary–really is “anti-life,” arguing philosophically that human life may not be not worth living.  Why?  Because we will experience suffering and because all of our desires will not be met.  (OK, he does conclude by saying that life is worth living in the sense... Read more
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