“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

    You can watch Jenny Oaks Baker’s video performance of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” — a part of the Church’s “A Savior is Born” campaign — here:   http://www.jennyoaksbaker.com/videos/     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 2

    I still vividly remember the exquisite thrill that went through me when, many years ago, I first heard Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.  The sheer beauty of it entranced me.     I love the melody.  But I also love the lyrics, the message.  And, alas, I’ve never seen an English translation that does [Read More…]

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New Testament 313

    Luke 22:24-30 Compare Matthew 19:28; 20:24-28; 23:11; Mark 9:35; 10:41-45; Luke 9:48; John 13:4-5, 12-17   These apostles were good men.  Their selection and their subsequent biographies demonstrate that.  But they still had problems with their desire for approval and status.   Surely the battle against our own egos is among the hardest [Read More…]

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Looking for an inspiring story of moral courage? Try this one.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/12/02/israel-to-honor-late-world-war-ii-veteran-who-protected-jews-at-nazi-pow-camp/?intcmp=hplnws   I hope that Roddie Edmonds does receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.  His was an act of astonishing courage.     [Read more…]

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Memorial Service for Jonah Lomu

    Jonah Lomu had been a great player for the legendary New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.  He had also joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2012.   After a long illness, he died suddenly of cardiac arrest in November, at the age of forty.   Here is a BBC [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 1

    For your Christmas pleasure (and for my own):   https://vimeo.com/111557798     [Read more…]

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“The Astounding Truth about the Hubble Telescope’s Most Famous Image”

    Are you in need of something to help you be more humble?  Try this:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2015/12/the_astounding_truth_about_the_hubble_telescopes_most_famous_image.html   And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.  And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.  But only an account of [Read More…]

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New Testament 312

    Matthew 26:21-25 Mark 14:18-21 Luke 22:21-23 Compare John 13:21-30   Somebody evidently needed to play Judas’s part in the drama of atonement and salvation.  For that matter, I suppose that somebody needed to play Satan’s part, as well.   However, neither of them will be rewarded for fulfilling these roles.   Likewise, in [Read More…]

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On taxation, welfare benefits, and campaign strategy

    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw     [Read more…]

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“This is not a day care. It’s a university!”

    There’ve been an unusual number of stories of late about whiny college students demanding “safe spaces” where they won’t be challenged by ideas that make them unhappy, and so forth — ramping political correctness and First-Amendment-denying speech codes up to new, intolerant heights.   This piece from the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is, [Read More…]

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