“The Gospel truly brings joyful news”

    I wrote this Easter 2012 column just a few days after speaking at the funeral of my brother, my only sibling.  Believe me when I say that it was heartfelt:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765566003/The-gospel-truly-brings-joyful-news.html     [Read more…]

“Hakuna Matata!”

    My wife and I attended a performance of The Lion King this afternoon in which two of the young children of one of our home teaching families had roles.  (One was “Young Simba” — a pretty substantial part.  The other donned and doffed and donned again probably at least a half dozen different [Read More…]

Today’s feel-good post

    Okay.  I’m a Scandinavian.  And, many of my critics say, a particularly mean-spirited and black-hearted one.   I don’t do emotion.  (Except, of course — claim my detractors — rage and anger.)   But this brought a bit of moisture even to my eyes.   It’s shocking, really.  I’m becoming sentimental in my [Read More…]

“Sic et Non” now has its own Facebook page

    At the initiative of the good folks at Patheos (particularly Kathleen Mulhern), and thanks to their efforts, this blog (Sic et Non) now has a Facebook page of its own:   https://www.facebook.com/PatheosSicEtNon/?fref=photo   Facebook is 95% mystery to me.   When it comes to social media, I stand (rather wobbly and with very [Read More…]

Ben Shapiro: “I will never vote for Donald Trump. Here’s why.”

    The conservative writer Ben Shapiro expresses views along the lines that many of us in the #NeverTrump movement have been thinking:   http://www.dailywire.com/news/3896/shapiro-i-will-never-vote-donald-trump-heres-why-ben-shapiro   Needless to say, I would quibble with him on one matter:  He is far more negative on Mitt Romney than I am, even though I’ve been a serious conservative since long [Read More…]

“Christ’s resurrection was a witnessed fact, not a later fantasy”

    Here’s a column that I wrote for Easter 2013:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576869/Christs-resurrection-was-a-witnessed-fact-not-a-later-fantasy.html     [Read more…]

BOM Mosiah 13

    Before I go any further, I want to call your attention to a nice little article that sheds light on the meaning of the name Mosiah:   http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1110&index=28   But now, on to a quick and very brief comment about Mosiah 13, today’s reading:   As was shown in the first verse of the [Read More…]

A. E. Housman’s “Easter Hymn”

    I’m very fond of the excellent second-tier English poet A. E. Housman (d. 1936), who, along with writing such works as “To an athlete dying young,” from A Shropshire Lad, was a prominent classicist at the University of Cambridge.  The melancholy mood of many of his poems speaks to me.  I’ve even made [Read More…]

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (really) does Händel

    We’ve just returned from a magnificent performance of Händel’s Messiah by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square.  Mack Wilberg, the Choir’s conductor, substantially reconceived Händel’s masterwork for a larger choir and with re-arranged accompaniment.   I don’t believe that I’ve ever heard the Choir sing as powerfully as [Read More…]

“Why Did You Choose Me?”

    For this Easter weekend, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture posts a special, reflective piece by Joseph Grenny:   Why Did You Choose Me?   For last year’s Interpreter Easter reflection, by W. Mitt Romney, see here.     [Read more…]