“A Church for Exiles”

a stained glass Calvin

  This article -- written by a Christian in the Reformed tradition -- makes an interesting case for the claim that Reformed Christianity is best suited for disciples of Jesus living in a rapidly emerging post-Christian America. As I read it, I was thinking to myself of ways in which what the author says applies, or doesn't apply, to the Latter-day Saints. We certainly have a history of marginalization already, and of literal exile. We … [Read more...]

Bart Sibrel vs. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin

Near the "moon."

  Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, now 84, is a retired NASA astronaut who, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, became the second man to walk on the surface of the moon. At least, that's what mainstream thinkers and historians believe. Bart Sibrel, however, is no conventional mind.  A taxi driver and conspiracy theorist, Sibrel believes that the moon landings were hoaxes. Sibrel confronted Aldrin in 2002 at a hotel in Beverley Hills, California, … [Read more...]

“Henry IV Part One”

outdoor theater at Cedar City

  My wife and I enjoyed a first-rate performance of Shakespeare's Henry IV Part One tonight.  Really, a very fine production. I was saddened and shocked, though, to notice a fairly large number of empty seats -- more than we've ever seen in the Adams Shakespearean Theater here. People are missing out on a wonderful theatrical experience. However, we also enjoyed running into Blake Ostler and his wife, who, like us, were there for this evening's p … [Read more...]

A quick report from Cedar City

At Cedar Breaks

  We saw Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods this afternoon, and are just about to head off to see Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One.  (At least I think that's what we're seeing.) The Utah Shakespeare Festival here is a state and regional treasure.  Posted from Cedar City, Utah  … [Read more...]

The funny side of terrorists

Jewish center in Buenos Aires bombed

  This is about five years old now, but it's still pretty funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eyT-Y7Zk0s  Posted from Cedar City, Utah    … [Read more...]

A brief cartoon history of the Holy Land

in the West Bank

  A humorous and slightly gruesome but -- alas! -- fairly accurate capsule summary of thousands of years of history in Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-evIyrrjTTY Brought to my attention over dinner last night with LDS academic friends whom we've known since Cairo in 1978.   … [Read more...]

“Two legal tests of Joseph Smith’s integrity”

The Kirtland Ohio Temple

  This week's Thursday column for the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865608722/2-legal-tests-of-Joseph-Smiths-integrity.html   … [Read more...]

“Why Anti-Semitism is Growing in Europe”

Juden 'raus!

  http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/05/anti-semitism-increasing-europe/   … [Read more...]