14 March: Save the Date!

A reprint of the 1830 original

  Mark Saturday, 14 March 2015, on your calendars. We're planning a conference on the language of the Book of Mormon for that date, on the campus of Brigham Young University. There will be some astonishing information at the conference. I'll post further details when they're available.   … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 25

Merry Christmas!

  Here's one young woman's account of an unusually meaningful and memorable Christmas for her: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=899761120057510&set=vb.120694114630885&type=2&theater&notif_t=notify_me And there are other such accounts where her story came from.   … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 23

Downtown Salzburg

  Here's another sentimental favorite of mine from German-speaking Europe.  The melody stems from a medieval Latin song, and the German lyrics seem to have been written by a monk in Salzburg, Austria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M3P8PUTmRM Joseph, lieber Joseph mein,hilf mir wiegen mein Kindlein.Gott, der wird dein Lohner seinim Himmelreich, der Jungfrau Sohn Maria.Eia!  Eia!Gerne, liebe Maria mein,helf ich dir wiegen das Kindelein.Gott, der w … [Read more...]

On dealing with opposition

Kitschy Rumi portrait

  On the proper response to obstacles, opposition, setbacks, problems, and difficulties: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”  (Jalal al-Din Rumi, d. AD 1273)     … [Read more...]

“Christmas is about a Baby”

The Interpreter banner or logo

  Two or three months ago, the leadership of The Interpreter Foundation decided that it would be a nice tradition to publish a special (and relatively short) Christmas piece on the Friday prior to the holiday, or, should Christmas fall on a Friday, that very day. Here's our Christmas article for 2014: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/   … [Read more...]

“What good are prophetic voices that maintain total silence on the most pressing moral matters of our time?”

Church and state

  In a thought-provoking article posted yesterday on her blog, Flunking Sainthood, Jana Riess raises a very interesting issue: When our general leaders combine an intense focus on young women’s shoulders with near-silence on war, torture, racially-motivated violence on the part of police, and crimes against humanity, we should understand that as a problem. As the author of one of last week’s blog posts argues, “What good are prophetic voices that maintain total … [Read more...]

New Testament 6

Honthorst's David

  Matthew 1:2-17Luke 3:23-38 The standard explanation for the seeming discrepancies in the genealogy of Jesus as given in Matthew and Luke is that Matthew's genealogy emphasizes Christ's royal lineage, whereas Luke (a physician, according to tradition) emphasizes his biological line.  Note, too, that, whereas the Hebrew Matthew takes Christ's genealogy back to Abraham, the Gentile Luke goes back to Adam, the common father of all h … [Read more...]

“Prophet’s birthday fits with the season”

JS Memorial in Vermont

  This is the column that I published back in 2010 in connection with Joseph Smith's 23 December birthday: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705386905/Prophets-birthday-fits-with-season.html   … [Read more...]