“A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian walk into a Texas mosque . . . “

    I appreciate Jabra Ghneim’s bringing this to my notice:   http://forward.com/opinion/327453/a-muslim-a-jew-and-a-christian-walk-into-a-texas-mosque/#ixzz3ucdsMQlP   Just one quibble about an article and an event of which I otherwise heartily approve:   Rafiza Chowdhury, a hijab-wearing member of the Islamic Center of Irving, is quoted in the piece as acknowledging that many of her non-Muslim neighbors are “scared,” [Read More…]

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“Court: Catholic School Must Hire Gay Man”

    Well, the future is upon us:   http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/court-catholic-school-must-hire-gay-man/   I can’t imagine that it will be long before Brigham Young University and other church-related institutions are under similar legal pressures.   All institutions must become the same.  Diversity demands it.   (Thanks — I guess — to Charles Steinman for alerting me to [Read More…]

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“Pure love led Christ to descend from the courts of glory”

    My 2011 Christmas column for the Deseret News appeared on 22 December of that year:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700209032/Pure-love-led-Christ-to-descend-the-courts-of-glory.html     [Read more…]

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From Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide”

    In some notes on my computer, I find this important historical observation, evidently from something published by the famed scholar Dave Berry in 2014:   “In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to [Read More…]

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New Testament 348

    Matthew 27:55-56 Mark 15:40-41L Luke 23:49 Compare John 19:25-27   I suspect that one of the reasons the women were so visible at the crucifixion of Jesus is that they were at less risk of arrest by the authorities, who may well have had the crowd under surveillance, looking for the apostolic “ringleaders” [Read More…]

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It’s charitable giving time

    In the United States, at least, the end of each year is an important time for giving to charities, causes, and non-profit organizations.  Not merely because, at Christmas time, giving is in the air, but because of the tax laws.   There are innumerable worthy causes.   In response to absolutely no public [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 19

    The Dale Warland Singers, a Minnesota-based ensemble founded in 1972 and disbanded in 2004, were one of America’s great choirs.  Here, they perform the traditional Catalan carol Fum, fum, fum!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=126M_eR_Wpc   Incidentally, there’s plenty of speculation about what Fum, fum, fum! might signify, but nobody really seems to know:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fum,_Fum,_Fum     [Read more…]

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New Testament 347

    Matthew 27:45-54 Mark 15:33-39 Luke 23:44-48 John 19:28-30 Compare Luke 23:36   1.   Jesus’ cry that God had “forsaken” him tells us something very important about the Atonement — that it involved not merely physical death (many people had experienced, and would yet experience, the agony of crucifixion) but spiritual death.  And for [Read More…]

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Ancient thoughts on marriage

    “There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” Homer, Odyssey     [Read more…]

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Virginia schools shut down because of threats and anger from anti-Muslims

    This incident came up during an hour-long radio interview that I did a couple of days ago, but I had, at that point, heard nothing about it.  Now, though, Jabra Ghneim has alerted me to these two articles:   “When a school assigned homework on Islam, it drew so many threats the district [Read More…]

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