“Little Drummer Boy”

    For the fifth day of the Christmas social campaign “A Savior is Born,” Alex Boyé performs “Little Drummer Boy” differently than you might have heard it before.  Please listen to it to the end:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/alex-boye     [Read more…]

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Islamist bullying

    Craig Matteson calls to my notice an example of what I take to be Islamists attempting, in a very rude, aggressive, and uncivil way, to shut down a speech to which they object at Goldsmiths College of the University of London:   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/04/see-how-ex-muslim-handles-muslim-disrupters-during-university-presentation-oh-youre-intimidated-go-to-your-safe-space/   It’s appalling and entirely inappropriate.  The disruptive audience members should [Read More…]

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“First worldwide survey of religion and science: No, not all scientists are atheists”

    Some facts that many people know to be true . . . well, they aren’t:   http://phys.org/news/2015-12-worldwide-survey-religion-science-scientists.html   Thanks to Stephen Smoot for alerting me to this article.     [Read more…]

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“Little known tale of generous Turkish aid to the Irish during the Great Hunger”

    The “Irish Potato Famine,” “Great Hunger,” or “Great Famine” killed a million Irish and drove a million others out of the country between 1845 and 1852, reducing Ireland’s population between 20% and 25%.   Imagine, to put it into perspective, a famine or disease that, over a period of just seven or eight years, [Read More…]

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When you can’t afford an expensive Nativity set

    I expect that this will probably offend a few people out there.  If so, I’m sorry.  I’ve had Spanish-speaking friends literally all of my life, I have a Cuban daughter-in-law, and I like Hispanic cultures and cuisines very, very much.  No offense was intended.  (There.  I hope I’ve minimized the virtually inevitable cries [Read More…]

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New Testament 318

    John 14:15-26   1.   “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. . . .   The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 4

    When John Menzies Macfarlane, a Scottish convert to Mormonism, needed a special song for Christmas 1869 for the choir that he conducted in St. George, Utah, he wrote one.  (St. George had only been founded in 1861, and it was still a very small and rough little settlement struggling to survive in an [Read More…]

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What was the point of Christ’s coming to earth?

    Christ’s advent, his incarnation (or, literally, his enfleshment), his birth as a human baby, is what Christian believers celebrate at Christmas.   Why did the divine Son of God take our human flesh upon himself?   “Christ was made man that we might be made God.”  (Athanasius, On the Incarnation)     [Read more…]

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“Ave Maria”

    Today’s installment in the “social” part of the “A Savior is Born” campaign:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/lexi-walker   Watch it to the end, if you watch it at all.  A translation of the Latin text is provided for Schubert’s beautiful “Ave Maria,” and so forth.     [Read more…]

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“The Return of the King”

    Another piece from the redoubtable Ralph Hancock:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/2015/12/the-return-of-the-king/     [Read more…]

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