“Who is my neighbor?”

Van Gogh's Good Samaritan

  Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster gather to discuss New Testament Gospel Doctrine lesson 14 (Matthew 18 and Luke 10) for the 112th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-112-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-14-who-is-my-neighbour/     … [Read more...]

New Testament 91

Gadara on a map

  Matthew 8:28-34Mark 5:1-20Luke 8:26-39 "Gadarenes" or "Gerasenes"?  Hard to know. This is a remarkable story.  And the notion that evil spirits desire to be incarnated so badly that they would rather be cast into pigs than be at large is interesting, as well.   … [Read more...]

Do not be this guy.

A Valentine's heart. Not a good one.

  Apparently, when the "Kiss Cam" focuses on couples at the game, they're supposed to kiss each other.  But the tyranny of technology can interfere, as it did in one case here.  Watch to the end: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=789262101111019&set=vb.119694911401078&type=2&theater   … [Read more...]

“Mormon Tabernacle Choir inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame”

Tabernacle interior sans choir

  A nice announcement that was made on Thursday evening: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-tabernacle-choir-inducted-into-the-american-classical-music-hall-of-fame Incidentally, my wife and I attended a concert at BYU tonight by The King's Singers.  Their precision was, as it always is, remarkable.  They did a large number of pieces, all American, ranging from spirituals to Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart.  Tomorrow morning, they'll pe … [Read more...]

“I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom”

Perugino's Delivery of the Keys

  Kristine Frederickson, Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, Ben McGuire, and Dan Peterson joined together for the Interpreter Foundation's scripture roundtable #111 to discuss Matthew 15-17.  These chapters are the focus of Gospel Doctrine New Testament lesson 13: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-111-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-13-i-will-give-unto-thee-the-keys-of-the-kingdom/   … [Read more...]

On expecting help when trying to do good

Albert Schweitzer in his later years

  “Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.” Albert Schweitzer … [Read more...]

“Ordain Women’s Kate Kelly loses last appeal; husband to resign from Mormon church”

"Death to America!"

  http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/2233333-155/ordain-womens-kate-kelly-loses-last I'm struck by some aspects of the article:  Saturday's news "saddened" Ordain Women Executive Board Chairwoman Debra Jenson. "We are profoundly troubled by a definition of apostasy that seems to include members asking sincere questions of our leaders," Jenson said in the group's news release.  Compare Ms. Jenson's suggestion that Ms. Kelly was … [Read more...]

Books from the Interpreter Foundation

You actually BELIEVE that we own such a thing?

  Just a note to remind everybody out there that the Interpreter Foundation has already -- in its brief 2.5 year existence -- published four books, with several more in the works and on the way.  And that's not counting our online publication of Volume Four of Royal Skousen's magisterial project to display and analyze the textual history of the Book of Mormon: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/books/ Moreover, for those who prefer to read printed … [Read more...]