Christmas Cheer 19

I thought the music was just so-so. But the signing was spectacular.

  Find ten minutes somewhere, sometime, and watch this delightful retelling, in American sign language, of Dr. Seuss's famous story of the Grinch who stole Christmas: Early in our recent stay in Orlando, by the way, my wife and I went with friends to a choral Christmas concert (the "Christmas Processional") at Epcot.  We were f … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 18

A simple rendition of a simple story

  This recording or posting has some drawbacks, but Mack Wilberg's arrangement of The First Noel is exquisitely beautiful, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs it to perfection:   … [Read more...]

“I am the very model of a biblical philologist”

From G&S's "Pirates"

  Okay.  This one's been going the rounds in my rather eccentric circles, but I've been busy and slow in passing it on.  If you haven't seen it, though, take a look! With no apologies whatever to Gilbert and Sullivan, who, I'm quite sure, would have gotten a kick out of it.   … [Read more...]

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord”

John and Jesus in the Jordan near Jericho to the east of Jerusalem in Judea

  The Interpreter Foundation -- which, I'm once again reliably informed by anonymous message board authorities, is desperate and at death's door, and perhaps about to be ordered to close down by the Brethren (either just before or just after my impending disciplinary council for insubordination), and etc., and so forth, and blah blah wishful thinking blah -- has now posted its one-hundred-and-second (102nd) scripture … [Read more...]

Once more, on that review by Ben Park

From Luke's gospel

  Ben Park has offered a public statement on the controversy that ensued in the wake of a blog post of mine and several quite independent posts by Bill Hamblin on his blog.  I had raised concerns about a recent review that Dr. Park wrote for the Maxwell Institute: I appreciate the clarification, and I wish him well. His sta … [Read more...]

New Testament 1

In the beginning was the Word

  I've long been planning, in honor both of Christmas and of the forthcoming 2015 Gospel Doctrine curriculum, to switch my focus for a time from the Book of Mormon to the New Testament.  I'll take it slowly and in small snippets, and I plan to go through all four gospels and the book of Acts, so it will be several months before I return to complete the Book of Mormon. I won't be doing the gospels one by one, but, rather, in "harmony," using as the basis for my d … [Read more...]

The ox in the stable

Lewis and the ox in Bethlehem

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“Unto you is born . . a Saviour”

A late-nineteenth-century tapestry

  John Gee, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Matthew 2 and Luke 2 in this, the one-hundred-and-first (101st) Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable:   … [Read more...]