A very long life, well lived, but still too short for us

    One of my very favorite people passed away early yesterday afternoon.  He was in his ninety-eighth year.   George Bennion was — is — a true original.  Bluntly honest.  Tough but kind.  Cynically believing.  Funny.  Opinionated.  Widely read and always interesting.  Without a trace of pretense or fakery.  A wonderful writer.  Owner of a [Read More…]

“The Democrats’ Intellectually Weak Attacks on Gorsuch”

    This very good piece, by Carrie Severino, appeared on Monday:   http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/03/20/the_democrats_intellectually_weak_attacks_on_gorsuch_133378.html     [Read more…]

“Princeton seminary taking some heat for honoring Redeemer’s Tim Keller”

    Timothy Keller is an impressive fellow of impressive accomplishment, as I’ve recently mentioned here on this blog.  (I’ve cited him more than once, I think, including here.)   The criticism that he’s receiving, and that Princeton Theological Seminary is receiving, speaks eloquently of the disdain for actual diversity that is so painfully, embarrassingly obvious [Read More…]

“Why Baptists Should Support Muslims’ Right to Build Mosques”

      “Why Baptists Should Support Muslims’ Right to Build Mosques”   And the same reasoning applies — in spades — to the Latter-day Saints.     [Read more…]

“NASA: ‘Giant Mars Volcano and Earth’s Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time'”

    It’s absolutely mind-boggling to me to realize how much more we know now about the planet Mars than we knew back when young prince Tutankhamen and I were boys together.   Seriously, as far as I’m aware we knew comparatively nothing.  But now look:   http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/03/nasa-giant-mars-volcano-and-earths-dinosaurs-went-extinct-about-the-same-time.html     [Read more…]

The traditional tomb of Jesus, restored

    For years, I’ve insisted on taking my tour groups to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Not because I think it the actual place of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection — being skeptical of the Garden Tomb, I leaned for a while to thinking the Holy Sepulcher authentic, but I’m now inclined to [Read More…]

“I think he ought to keep his mouth shut about old age assistance.”

    “If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.” William Law (1686-1761)   I posted something earlier today about the Church’s efforts to aid refugees.  I’ve been saddened (though not surprised) to see some members of the Church, responding [Read More…]

“‘We’re not pulling back’ from helping refugees, LDS leader says as First Presidency increases budget”

    I’m very pleased at this:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865676059/Were-not-pulling-back-from-helping-refugees-LDS-leader-says-as-First-Presidency-increases-budget.html   In this context, it’s difficult not to think of the lyrics by James Montgomery (d. 1854) to the hymn that John Taylor sang in Carthage Jail not long before the mob assault on the jail that resulting in Elder Taylor’s grievous wounding and in the [Read More…]

A good marriage?

    “A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.” Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)     [Read more…]


    Don’t panic.  Don’t be alarmed.   If you have a heart condition or are pregnant, don’t read this.  Just back away slowly and calmly, exit the site, and go to a safe space on the web where you’ll be okay.   This item is from The Onion, which is a satirical publication — [Read More…]