“Biblical Archaeology: Factual Evidence to Support the Historicity of the Bible”

    An interesting article from an evangelical Protestant apologetics source — very frequently quite anti-Mormon, so this isn’t a blanket endorsement — that I think a number out there will find interesting:   http://www.equip.org/article/biblical-archaeology-factual-evidence-to-support-the-historicity-of-the-bible/   The author, Paul Maier, isn’t your typical Evangelical polemicist.  He earned master’s degrees from both Concordia Seminary and Harvard [Read More…]

“Church Presents Historic Freedmen’s Bureau Database to African American Museum”

    The value of this effort is genuinely incalculable.  It will be a massive primary source for black family history, black history more generally, and the study and understanding of American history overall:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/freedmen-bureau-database-national-museum-african-american-history-culture     [Read more…]

Did Russia help Mr. Trump acquire the White House?

    The American intelligence community is apparently saying that it did:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-orders-review-of-russian-hacking-during-presidential-campaign/2016/12/09/31d6b300-be2a-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_russiahack-745p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.db28ef9d95db   If this report is accurate, the question would be “Why?”   I suspect that it’s because Vladimir Putin wants to make America great again.   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

No mention of Joseph Smith at First Presidency “Smithmas” devotional?!?!?

    Last month, I alluded to the alleged approach of the grand Mormon holiday of “Smithmas,” which some particularly dishonest critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claim we celebrate to the detriment or in place of Christmas.   It occurs to me, in that connection, that I’m not sure that I so [Read More…]

“Jesus the shepherd, and the shepherds”

    A thought for Christmas, on the New Testament Christmas story:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865668980/Jesus-the-shepherd-and-the-shepherds.html   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

“By Faith All Things are Fulfilled”

    The Interpreter Foundation’s 19oth posted scripture roundtable — featuring Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster — focuses on 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 46, which is based, in turn, upon Ether 12-15:   Scripture Roundtable 190: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46, By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled   Have a wonderful weekend!   Posted [Read More…]

An evening with Irving Berlin

    Five quotations from the great Irving Berlin:   “The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.”   “Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.”   “After you get what you want you don’t want it.”   “Every man [Read More…]

“Improvisation and Extemporaneous Change in the Book of Mormon (Part 2: Structural Evidences of Earlier Ancient versus Later Modern Constructions)”

      If it’s Friday, there must be a new article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  And, whaddya know?, there is:   Improvisation and Extemporaneous Change in the Book of Mormon (Part 2: Structural Evidences of Earlier Ancient versus Later Modern Constructions)   Or, if that link doesn’t work, try this one. [Read More…]

If you’re an active American Latter-day Saint

        You should meet the man who wants to strip your church of its tax-exempt status, deprive your tithes and offerings of legal recognition as charitable gifts, and single your faith out for punitive action by the Internal Revenue Service:   “LGBT activist plans ad blitz targeting Mormon church’s tax-exempt status”   [Read More…]

Seeing subsidies for what they really are

    “When the government makes loans or subsidies to business, what it does is to tax successful private business in order to support unsuccessful private business.”  Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993)       [Read more…]