New Testament 343

    Matthew 27:31-32 Mark 15:20-21 Luke 23:26-32 John 19:17 Compare Matthew 27:38; Mark 15:27; John 19:18   Simon of Cyrene came from the city of Cyrene, a Greek colony in North Africa that had a very large Jewish-minority population.  Its ruins survive in today’s Libya, and that region of the country is still often [Read More…]

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“Saudi Arabia forms Muslim anti-terrorism coalition”

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/saudi-arabia-forms-muslim-anti-terrorism-coalition-151215035914865.html   Whether, practically speaking, this will prove to be effective remains to be seen.  But it is, to a substantial degree, their fight even more than it’s ours.   By the way:  When I was in Istanbul a few weeks back, the Paris massacres were fresh and on everybody’s mind — the [Read More…]

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New Testament 342

    Matthew 27:27-31 Mark 15:16-20 Compare John 19:2-3   The story is familiar to us, and we often pass over it without really permitting it to enter fully into our minds.  But this cruel mockery of a man who has already been condemned to death, and who will soon die in one of the [Read More…]

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“The Triumph of Faith”

    My newest column in the Deseret News, in which I enthusiastically recommend a book that I found fascinating:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643849/Sociologist-shares-how-the-world-may-be-more-religious-today-than-ever-before-in-The-Triumph-of.html   Incidentally, I don’t argue — and I don’t believe — that large numbers prove religious faith (or a religious faith) true.  Some who seem either unable or indisposed to read what a [Read More…]

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New Testament 341

    Matthew 27:24-26 Mark 15:15 Luke 23:24-25 John 19:16   These passages — and, most particularly, Matthew’s account of Pilate’s washing his hands of responsibility for the death of Jesus while the Jews say “His blood be on us and on our children!” — have served for centuries as a powerful basis (or pretext) [Read More…]

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Drawing lines to include or to exclude

    Contrast this story with this story.   Which one involves Mormons?  Which one involves Evangelicals?   I don’t want to overgeneralize, but . . . well, there exists no Latter-day Saint equivalent to the countercult ministries, websites, seminars, newsletters, radio programs, Sunday school classes, television shows, pamphlets, picket lines, magazines, book genres, lecture [Read More…]

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Two perfectly appalling items about today’s university campuses

    A somewhat lengthy and very infuriating article:   “It’s All About ‘Muscle’: Understanding the Campus Unrest”   And an astonishing — that is, horrifying — 2.5-minute video:   Yale students sign petition to repeal First Amendment   Jonah Goldberg’s 2008 book Liberal Fascism is becoming urgently relevant.     [Read more…]

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“Joseph’s perspective depicted in new Mormon Channel video”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643851/Josephs-perspective-depicted-in-new-Mormon-Channel-video.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 17

    I often really like Pentatonix.  In this case, though, I like the version by The Piano Guys much more:   http://www.christianpost.com/buzzvine/pentatonix-vs-the-piano-guys-in-an-angels-we-have-heard-on-high-showdown-watch-videos-vote-here-111390/   What do you think?     [Read more…]

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“Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity”

    “Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.” [Read More…]

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