“Sharing the Gospel with the World”

Where Peter and Jonah intersect

  We agreed that the lesson (number 33 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual) isn't particularly well titled, but the scriptural texts under discussion -- Jonah and Micah -- are extraordinarily interesting in any case: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-83-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-33-sharing-the-gospel-with-the-world/ The participants in this, the 83rd (eighty-third) scripture roundtable posted by The Interpreter … [Read more...]

“On Dealing with Uncertainty”

The temple in St. George

  A very good 1979 ┬átalk from Bruce Hafen, who later went on to become a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and who then served (until fairly recently) as the president of the St. George Temple: https://www.lds.org/ensign/1979/08/on-dealing-with-uncertainty?lang=eng   … [Read more...]

“I know that my Redeemer liveth”

Blake's Job

  John Gee, Cassandra Hedelius, Martin Tanner, and Richard Gwilliam discuss the Book of Job in this, the eighty-second (82nd) scripture roundtable posted by The Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-82-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-32-i-know-that-my-redeemer-liveth/ Their conversation is linked to Lesson 32 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine lesson manual for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … [Read more...]

“But what of those who never heard?”

temple in Monterrey

   Today's weekly column in Salt Lake City's┬áDeseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607807/But-what-of-those-who-never-heard.html   … [Read more...]

“Happy is the Man that Findeth Wisdom”

An Ecclesiastes slide

  In the eighty-first (81st) scripture roundtable posted by The Interpreter Foundation, which has just gone up, Cassandra Hedelius, Daniel Peterson, and Stephen Smoot discuss Lesson 31 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a lesson that is focused upon the biblical books of Proverbs and … [Read more...]

Making the late “FARMS Review” easily accessible

BYU's main library

  I'm very pleased to announce that all thirty-nine (39) issues of the late FARMS Review -- a stench in the nostrils of decent people everywhere -- are now conveniently available on the website of Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library: https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/MSR/issue/archive The late Davis Bitton, professor of history at the University of Utah and former assistant historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … [Read more...]

“Spiritual but not religious? Please stop boring me.”


  I enjoyed this short piece, brought to my attention by Seth Rogers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lillian-daniel/spiritual-but-not-religio_b_959216.html?ref=tw   … [Read more...]

Should the accreditation of Christian colleges be revoked?

at Wheaton College

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/384087/no-wheaton-colleges-accreditation-should-not-be-revoked-david-coleman I fear the smothering hegemony of imperialistic secularism much more than I fear whatever defects religiously-affiliated colleges may have.   … [Read more...]