“Did you ever notice the asterisk on your Social Security statement?”

SS card

   Pay attention.  You're being ripped off: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421790/social-security-bankruptcy-statement-baby-boomers?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=55ba0b7004d3011d40000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter You probably don't send your financial information to Nigeria even when the dying widows of former African dictators, moved by your Christian walk with the Lord, want to … [Read more...]

Last week in Utah theaters

Logan Tabernacle

  There's some very worthwhile live theater in Utah. Last week, my wife and I enjoyed a healthy portion of it, but I've neglected to report on what we saw -- and I know that millions out there must be panting with irresistible curiosity about this matter. Herewith, then, a brief summary: On Monday night, my wife went with a friend for a performance, at Orem's Hale Center Theater, of James Lapine's and Stephen Sondheim's very popular … [Read more...]

“Family Breakdown, the Welfare State, and the Family Proclamation: An Alternative History”

The Family Proclamation

  Walker Wright has posted an interesting and relatively short piece on the background to the Church's "Proclamation on the Family" that is well worth reading: http://www.withoutend.org/family-proclamation-alternative-history/  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

The Decline of American Higher Education? A Case Study

Rutgers University: The State University of New Jersey

  There's no question that the American professoriate leans considerably to the left of the American populace that supports it -- and sometimes wildly so. Here's an example of the kind of unfettered lunacy that goes largely unchallenged in some academic subcultures: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/31/nutty-professor-rutgers-teacher-who-said-us-worse-than-isis-has-history-bizarre/?intcmp=hpbt3 William F. Buckley's celebrated career … [Read more...]

“Pluto and the Genesis Rock”

Charon and Pluto, thanks to NASA

  An interesting little bit of astronautic history with which I was completely unfamiliar: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421880/Leon-silver-astronauts-teacher And Josh Gelernter is right:  Something extraterrestrial should definitely be named after Lee Silver. I'm going to write to my congressman, Jason Chafetz, right now.  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia … [Read more...]

Earthly stewardships

Simonet Jesus 1891 J'lem

  Luke 16:10-12 "He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.  If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?" I would argue that this passage gets to the very heart, in one sense, of what our mortal p … [Read more...]

Should religious believers be placed in straitjackets?

BC's first temple

  One fairly prominent writer (for, among other outlets, the very respectable Atlantic Monthly) says "Yes!" Unfortunately for his noble vision, though, it will require more jackbooted thugs and more force to bring it to fulfillment than are currently at his disposal. And, contrary to the fond hopes of some vocal atheists, faithful religious believers aren't actually going away.  In fact, they still survive in large numbers. The battle … [Read more...]

On ordinary daily faith

N. Cascades NP

  “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”  (Paulo Coelho, Brida)  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]