“[He] took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses”

Galilean sunset

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable #105, Jeff Bradshaw, Craig Foster, Cassandra Hedelius, Dan Peterson, and Bob White discuss Mark 1-2, 4-5, and Luke 7, the New Testament chapters covered in Lesson 7 of the 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson manual: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-105-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-7-he-took-our-infirmities-and-bare-our-sicknesses/   … [Read more...]

“Meet the Arab Christians who want to fight for Israel”

First of the Israeli "Dolphin"-class submarines

  A few hours ago, I posted a link to an article by an Israeli leftist who refuses to serve in Israel's military.  In response, Allen Hansen, an Israeli, shared with me this interesting item: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11321651/Meet-the-Arab-Christians-who-want-to-fight-for-Israel.html Do you still think that the Middle East and the Arab/Israeli conflict are simple and easily understood?   … [Read more...]

Signs of greatness?

Markham, Beryl, early aviation character

   “If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.” Beryl Markham, West with the Night    … [Read more...]

“Grotesque Double Standards on Religious Liberty in Atlanta”

The skyline of Atlanta, Georgia

  Late last night, I posted an item about the worrisome firing of Atlanta's fire chief after his publication of a book in which, among many other things, he expressed his traditionally conservative viewpoint regarding same-sex "marriage." Here's a good article on that subject and related matters by a Harvard-trained lawyer who has been involved in some of these … [Read more...]

Remembering Arthur Peacocke, MBE

Arthur Peacocke was director of Studies in Theology here.

  "Such an emphasis on the immanence of God as Creator in, with, and under the natural processes of the world unveiled by the sciences is certainly in accord with all that the sciences have revealed since those debates of the nineteenth century."  (Arthur Peacocke) One of the most interesting recent thinkers on the subject of the relationship between science and religion was Arthur Peacocke (d. 2006).  Over the course of his very distinguished career, he s … [Read more...]

“They straightway left their nets”

Not much changed since the days of Peter

  In Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable 104, now posted, Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster focus on 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 6 (Luke 4-6): http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-104-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-6-they-straightway-left-their-nets/   … [Read more...]

“Why I won’t serve Israel”

WikiMed Israeli flag

  For your interest and edification, here's a piece, brought to my notice by Jabra Ghneim, in which an Israeli explains his refusal to serve with an Israeli army that he sees as an occupation force: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/opinion/why-i-wont-serve-israel.html?referrer&_r=0 It's useful to encounter different ideas.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 35

Capernaum's synagogue

  Mark 1:21-22Luke 4:31-32(With other parallels at Matthew 4:13 and 7:28-29 and at John 2:12 and 7:46) I've always been struck by Mark's comment that Jesus "taught them as one who had authority [ἐξουσία], and not as the scribes [grammateis; γραμματεῖς]." It's really quite surprising how often "authority" is mentioned in the New Testament, and particularly in connection with Jesus in the gospels.  Of course, Mormons should find it quite a bit … [Read more...]