“Do Christians Belong in the Public World?”

    I would like to call your attention to an outstanding blog produced by Kristine Wardle Frederickson, who has participated on numerous occasions in Interpreter scripture roundtables and who serves as a contributing editor for the Interpreter Foundation:   http://moralsocialactivism.com   In particular, I want to mention a new article that she’s posted, entitled “Do [Read More…]

“4-year-old begins gender transition in Australia”

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/4-year-old-begins-gender-transition-in-australia-2016090121?utm_source=email+marketing+Mailigen&utm_campaign=News+9.13.16&utm_medium=email   I confess to being somewhat bemused at the concept of a four-year-old child “considering gender changes.”   I wonder if this child is also “considering” career choices, sex partners, political preferences, investment vehicles for retirement, and possible religious affiliations.     [Read more…]

“Anti-Gay, Anti-Catholic, Anti-Mormon Pastor Accuses Hillary Clinton Of ‘Hate Speech'”

    I first noticed the prominent Southern Baptist leader Robert Jeffress back in 2007, I think, when he was an outspoken critic of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism.  Now, of course, he’s an ardent backer of the great Christian thinker and statesman Rev. Donald J. Trump.   Now, obviously, Miranda Blue is a leftist who wouldn’t [Read More…]

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee

    Twice, yesterday, we heard from friends about grievous personal losses.  In one case, they’re reeling from the sudden death of a brilliant, adult, but still relatively young daughter.  In the other, our friends mourn the passing of a three-year-old granddaughter who had suffered from health issues throughout her short life.   There are perhaps no [Read More…]

Research as worship

    “But the context of religion is a great background for doing science.  In the words of Psalm 19, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.’  Thus scientific research is a worshipful act, in that it reveals more of the wonders of God’s creation.”  (Arthur Leonard Schawlow, Stanford [Read More…]

Elder Holland, speaking at Windsor Castle on refugees and violence against women

    The article is worth a quick glance, and, if you can muster the time, Elder Holland’s fifteen-minute speech is quite powerful:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/windsor-conference-religious-persecution-holland     [Read more…]

“Surprising Mosaics Revealed in Ancient Synagogue in Israel”

    Thanks to Charles Steinman for calling my attention to this article:   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150717-mosaics-synagogue-israel-magness-discovery-archaeology/   Incidentally, if you’ve been thinking about some day visiting the Holy Land, consider this.  We spend considerable time in the Galilee.       [Read more…]

A prisoner in Pyongyang?

    Some further information on that case of the young returned missionary from Utah who may have been kidnapped twelve years ago to serve as an involuntary tutor to Kim Jong-un:   “News on David Sneddon: Former Missionary May Have Paid a Heavy Price for Fluency in Korean”   “What You Can Do to [Read More…]

Timing your kindnesses

    “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson     [Read more…]

Electing America’s first African president

    The video is 7.5 minutes long, but it’s well worthwhile and very funny.  Especially as the evidence mounts:     Thanks to my son for calling it to my attention.     [Read more…]