“The Milky Way is not as young as it looks”

Mark Garlick does the Milky Way

  A nice little article in the 21 February 2015 issue of the Economist is entitled "A galactic vampire": Our galaxy seems to be somewhat more than thirteen billion years old, which makes it not much younger than the universe itself.  How does the Milky Way retain its youthful good looks?  Why, the same way that I do:  It sucks the lifeblood of others! The article is a quick read.  For some reason, though, the direct link to it has proven unstable.   … [Read more...]

This is an absolutely fabulous, heart-warming story

Not too far from the grand dogs

  May God bless all who were involved: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/showed-autistic-boys-birthday-party-strangers-saved-day/story?id=29166772   … [Read more...]

“Fifty Shades of Dark. And One Shade of Feminism.”

Loyola of Chicago campus

  I just got off the phone with a journalism student at Loyola University in Chicago, who wanted to interview me for an article that he's writing on the topic of  "Ordain Women."  I had assumed that he was writing for the student paper there, but he indicated to me that he's hoping for wider publication. It was a pleasant interview, although, based upon my experience with such encounters, I wouldn't be surprised if I either don't show up in the final article at … [Read more...]

New Testament 86-88

Capernaum is among my favorite sites in Israel

  Matthew 8:14-17Mark 1:29-34Luke 4:38-41; 7:11-17 Only Luke recounts the story of Jesus raising the son of the widow of Nain from death. But all three of the synoptic gospels mention the healing of Peter's mother-in-law (πενθερά). It's striking that the first pope, as he's often regarded, had a mother-in-law.  That fact rather suggests, unless I'm missing something, that he was married. The traditional site of the … [Read more...]

“Prophets and presidents: 11 noteworthy connections between the LDS Church and the White House”

A semi-aerial view of the White House

  For those who may have missed this piece: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622644/Prophets-and-presidents-11-noteworthy-connections-between-the-LDS-Church-and-the-White-House.html?pg=all It's really quite interesting, and provides several surprising "Gee whiz!" moments.   … [Read more...]

“Southern Virginia University to work on policy after gay student’s complaint”

SVU's home town

  I found this story (which was brought to my notice by Cassandra Hedelius) particularly interesting, in view of the fact that I've known Dr. Madison Sowell since just before our freshman year at Brigham Young University. http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/southern-virginia-university-to-work-on-policy-after-gay-student/article_9bc6e37a-b22d-514b-a9ed-916e6baf9b5b.html I agree with Cassandra Hedelius's comment on the matter (she's a lawyer):   … [Read more...]

“When ‘Penthouse’ Magazine Came Calling”

Fuller campus, Pasadena

  An amusing story from a prominent Evangelical thinker whom I know slightly and respect greatly: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/02/when-penthouse-magazine-came-calling   … [Read more...]

Love your enemies!

Irrelevant, but nice.

  These guys were almost as mean-spirited as I'm reputed to be: "He would make a lovely corpse."- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."- Irvin S. Cobb "I worship the quicksand he walks in."- Art Buchwald "I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."- Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) And, … [Read more...]