New Testament 147

Sea of Galilee, by Polenov

  Matthew 14:22-33Mark 6:45-52John 6:16-21 1. It seems fairly obvious that Peter, though a fisherman by trade and a man who spent much of his working life out in a boat on the lake, couldn't swim. 2. The BYU students who study in Israel have long had a traditional song that they sing when they're in the Galilee:  "I swam today where Jesus walked." 3. It's striking that even Jesus sometimes … [Read more...]

On television’s educational value

Karl Marx

  “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx … [Read more...]

Clayton Christensen, Harry Reid, and the baptism of a former three-term U.S. senator

Pressler, Larry

  This should give some food for thought -- and not least to those who would like to excommunicate Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): For more information on Larry Pressler, see here:   … [Read more...]

“Mormon internet trolls, cyberbullies, and doxing”

Near Waitangi, NZ

  I don't follow her, really, but, from what I can tell, my fellow Patheos blogger Gina Colvin and I don't agree on very much, whether the issue involves politics, America, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, I can sympathize with her discomfort at the online behavior of some of my fellow Mormons: I've seen some … [Read more...]

The self-described “Islamic State” creates more Christian martyrs in Libya

Jolly Roger Extremist Muslim "martyrs" commonly die while killing or attempting to kill others. These genuine Christian martyrs died for their faith, as innocent victims of mass murder. May God bless them and preserve their memory.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 146


  Matthew 14:13-21Mark 6:32-44Luke 9:10-17John 6:1-15 Jesus' miraculous feeding of the multitude is attested in all four of the gospels, in both John and the synoptics. It's important to read it as illustrating not merely Christ's supernatural power but his compassion.  He felt pity for those who were following him because they were "sheep without a shepherd." That's us.  Unless we recognize the Shepherd. Some a … [Read more...]

“The Audacity of Cinderella”

Branagh "Cinderella" poster

  Those of you who've seen the recent Kenneth Branagh Disney film will, of course, find this especially interesting: But it's a thoughtful reflection on the state of our culture more generally, too.  Well worth a reflective reading, even if you haven't seen the movie. And here's a shocker, almost without precedent:  The comments following the article are actually g … [Read more...]

Freedom Fest 2015

Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas 8-11 July, in Las Vegas! Cozy! Don't worry.  It's entirely inside.  Air-conditioned. For what little it's worth, I'll be one of the minor speakers there, although -- alas! -- I'll have to miss the last day (which is always fantastic) in order to be back in Utah for another important meeting.   … [Read more...]