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Ryan Anderson is worth following


  One of the more interesting social-conservative thinkers currently writing: http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/a/ryan-anderson     … [Read more...]

New Testament 89

Israeli wheat, green

  Matthew 8:18-22Compare Mark 4:35; Luke 9:57-62 Society and laws being what they are, Mormon missionaries seldom if ever go "without purse or scrip" anymore.  But they used to do it quite a bit, even within living memory. Jesus and his apostles seem to have been doing somewhat the same thing. And, like missionaries today, those who followed Jesus had to more or less leave their families behind, as well as their material interests … [Read more...]

“World Christianity by the Numbers”

A world map

  An interesting little article reflecting on an annual statistical survey: http://denvercatholic.org/opinion/world-christianity-numbers/#.VO9VIUuEcdt   … [Read more...]

“Even in science, faith isn’t optional”

Fellows Garden, Exeter College, Oxford

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622838/Even-in-science-faith-isnt-optional.html (Thanks to Stephen Smoot for calling my attention to this book.)   … [Read more...]

“Anti-Christs among us”

to every tongue and nation

  Tough language. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/2015/02/anti-christs-among-us/ It has to be said, though, that, if the Book of Mormon's narratives of such figures as Nehor and Korihor are to have any contemporary relevance at all, there must be somebody in modern times who bears some similarity to them.   … [Read more...]

How ISIS plans to sack Rome, and how some Muslims say Jesus will defeat ISIS

Vatican City from a distance

  Two quite divergent Muslim perspectives: http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-isis-plans-to-sack-rome/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-liepert/muslims-predict-jesus-def_b_6725486.html   … [Read more...]

Attributes of success and failure

Steinbeck, John, largely forgotten novelist

   It has always seemed strange to me  . . .  the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.  John Steinbeck I 'm not sure that I completely agree w … [Read more...]