Mask politics

Share my opinion? I think wearing a mask in public spaces is a good idea under our current circumstances. Why should expressing my opinion on this question feel political? In the sense of political = partisan/pushy. It shouldn’t, but it does. And why should we think “partisan/pushy” when we hear the word “political”? We areContinue reading “Mask politics”

America, be what you are!

I am appalled but not surprised when President Trump asserts that people who want to make America live up to its promise are people who hate America and want to destroy it. After all, he himself, after his own perverse understanding of the definition of good, wants to “make America great again,” which inevitably impliesContinue reading “America, be what you are!”

God gets refractory, haughty brought down

I really admire people who are always on an even keel, don’t you? They are grounded, centered. They know who they are, which means they know where they stand vis-à-vis God: lower, but accepted and loved. They tend to know, as well as any of us can, where they stand with other people, and theyContinue reading “God gets refractory, haughty brought down”

The year of f/u

When I was a kid, we had Nixon. His first election was 1968, when I was 10. His reelection was 1972. Of course after that he went down because the Watergate event ended up unwrapping him and putting his deeper character on display. We thought he was one thing—a bulwark against communism abroad, a bulwarkContinue reading “The year of f/u”

Our wonderful president’s inspiringly patriotic Independence Day speech

Read it. The most dishonest speech since the last time this lying, hate-mongering moron opened his mouth. Not that he could have written a word of it himself, apart from the grunts and glitches that he inserted on the fly. Summary: The Democrats in general, and BLM protestors en masse, are out to destroy America’sContinue reading “Our wonderful president’s inspiringly patriotic Independence Day speech”

Peace, peace: Nice prophets and slight healing

Of all the biblical prophets, the one who received the most hostile reception was . . . well, I was going to say Jeremiah, but actually it would have to be Jesus, wouldn’t it? We so easily and persistently forget that when the moment of truth arrived, nearly all his followers abandoned him. Some ofContinue reading “Peace, peace: Nice prophets and slight healing”

How to love other Christians in the Age of Trump

What believers do for each other, according to Hebrews 10:24: Kai katanoōmen allēlous eis paroxysmon agapēs kai kalōn ergōn katanoōmen allēlous: Let us focus our attention and our intellect on each other in such an intense way that we achieve insight and come to understand each other accurately eis paroxysmon: so that we can stimulate,Continue reading “How to love other Christians in the Age of Trump”

The abortion distortion in current US politics

A friend took exception to this part of something I posted on Facebook yesterday morning: Still in Putin’s pocket. Still bashing his domestic political opponents during meetings with foreign heads of government. Grotesquely incompetent and/or gallingly disloyal to our country: Could be either. Could be both. No way it’s neither. He wants to be re-elected.Continue reading “The abortion distortion in current US politics”

Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse

[Originally posted on Facebook May 24, 2019. I had been reading The Road to Unfreedom slowly, posting quotations and comments as I went. This was my concluding post.] OK, a concluding comment about Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom. For me Snyder was a scales-from-the-eyes read. His European and specifically Ukrainian and Russian focus throughContinue reading “Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse”

Truthfulness and the Word (Christmas 2018)

Here is my Christmas letter to my friends for this year. We tend these days to separate words and actions sharply. Words are just words. Words are cheap. What counts is action, and action can get on well without words. Good talk, bad talk—it’s all just talk, it’s all inconsequential. We don’t confer much creditContinue reading “Truthfulness and the Word (Christmas 2018)”