Articles by Jason Kettinger

Jason Kettinger is Associate Editor of Open for Business. He writes on politics, sports, faith and more.

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The Music Files: John Mayer's "Sob Rock"

By Jason Kettinger | Sep 24, 2021 at 11:34 AM

In the middle of the summer, John Mayer released this album, and it sounded like a Hall & Oates album broke out. I couldn’t help but think of the last hit from Daryl Hall and John Oates, “Everything Your Heart Desires,” as I listened to the lead track on this record, “Last Train Home.” Just as they landed in the top 10 in 1988, this album is an attempt to lovingly remind us of 1988.

Blunt Truth on Abortion

By Jason Kettinger | Sep 09, 2021 at 12:13 PM

The state of Texas just passed a “heartbeat” bill, banning abortion procedures after the six week of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers, and this is the part that has abortion advocates really concerned.

The Tough Tensions of Foreign Policy

Between Service and the Recognition of Limits

By Jason Kettinger | Aug 25, 2021 at 12:53 PM

I join with our esteemed editor-in-chief in lamenting what has happened in Afghanistan. For the moment, I will leave the Christian reflection to him. For my part, I see the tragedy of Afghanistan as the unfortunate culmination of long-running battles in US politics, over US military involvement.

The Battle of New York

Tennis Legends Square Off

By Jason Kettinger | Aug 10, 2021 at 1:39 PM

At the end of August, the U.S. Open tennis tournament will begin in Flushing, New York. Novak Djokovic has recently won Wimbledon, bringing his total of major titles to 20, equaling him with Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. Someone is likely to be the all-time leader in men’s major titles alone at the end of this tournament.

Simone Biles Doesn't Owe Us Anything

By Jason Kettinger | Aug 01, 2021 at 10:49 AM

She’s already the greatest gymnast of all time. She could have not come to the Tokyo Olympics at all, and this would be true. The United States was projected to win the team competition by a full point and a half, with Biles at full strength. In a competition normally decided by tenths of a point, this is comically absurd.

The Foundation for All Human Rights Is the Incarnation

By Jason Kettinger | Jul 20, 2021 at 12:15 PM

I make a bold claim, but I think it’s true. Jesus Christ not only came in human flesh to pay humanity’s debt of sin, but in so doing, he elevated human nature. This can and should change how we approach discussions on human rights.

Wimbledon 2021: A Celebration of Tennis’s Golden Age

By Jason Kettinger | Jul 05, 2021 at 11:27 AM

Wimbledon began on June 28. After not being contested in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, tennis’s premier tournament is back. This era of tennis has been utterly dominated by three men: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. If Djokovic were to win the tournament, he would join Federer and Nadal at the very top of the all-time list, in terms of major victories, with 20. Most observers believe that since Djokovic remains at the top of the rankings at this very moment, and is five years younger than Roger Federer, while being more dominant on all surfaces than Nadal, he will be the most decorated major champion in tennis history before long. Roger Federer, the great Swiss legend, still has something to say about that, at age 39.

Let Our Sports Heroes Be Human

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 15, 2021 at 5:46 PM

Roger Federer won three matches at the French Open this year, and withdrew before his fourth-round match with a young Italian star. Roger had to fight to win his third-round match against an opponent he had never played before, and it was quite early in the morning of the next day.

Three Cheers — and Maybe A Few Comfy Chairs — for the Old Guys

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 08, 2021 at 3:16 PM

On Sunday, May 23, Phil Mickelson started the insanity, by winning the PGA Championship in South Carolina. It represented his sixth major title, and he surpassed Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods to become the oldest major winner in the history of professional golf. I don’t recall thinking that Phil was too long in the tooth to win anymore, but he’s 50 years old. He’s eligible for the Champions Tour, which in a bygone era was called the “Senior Tour.” Phil had won the PGA Championship before: 16 years ago. That gap represented the largest for anyone winning the same tournament in the history of professional golf.

The Scourge of Emotivism

Our Philosophical Doubts Have Led Us to Contempt

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 02, 2021 at 11:25 AM

Emotivism is a philosophy which posits that all claims of truth are motivated exclusively by the pursuit of power. This is also sometimes called the “boo-hurrah” philosophy, because the one who holds it can “deconstruct” any other person’s truth claim, by “explaining” what they really mean, and why they truly are holding any position.

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