Five movie recommendations for the Easter season

Movie reels

   Films about repentance, forgiveness, and redemption:   … [Read more...]

On taking the status quo for granted

The Rhine as it isn't.

  "When will we realize that the fact that we can become accustomed to anything, however disgusting at first, makes it necessary to examine carefully everything we have become accustomed to?" George Bernard Shaw    … [Read more...]

New Testament 80

Vegetation in Israel or Palestine

  Luke 6:27-36Compare Matthew 5:38-48 The differences between the Matthean text (the Sermon on the Mount) and the Lukan text (the Sermon on the Plain) are considerable at this point; each includes material that the other doesn't. I'll concentrate on just one comparison here, though: Whereas Matthew 5:48, much beloved of Latter-day Saints, reads "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect," the Lukan … [Read more...]

“Protestant and Catholic Mormons”

St. Peter's Basilica

  I've often made similar points, so, of course, I admire and approve of this little article by Jim Faulconer:   … [Read more...]


St. John the Divine, NYC

  A fascinating case, albeit a really sad one:    … [Read more...]

Support marriage, fight poverty?

A Scandinavian family outdoors at Christmastime

  Here's an interesting little article on the American retreat from marriage and the effect of that retreat on poverty and childhood problems: As an addendum, I note that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is often derided for its emphasis on strengthening marriage and families, as well as for its (alleged) indifference to more fundamental problems such as … [Read more...]

“The Ash Wednesday Mormon”

School Ash Wednesday

  I strongly concur with this piece by Jana Riess, to which I should have posted a link yesterday: And I, too, was happy to see this: I don't think that you have to put ash on your forehead or observe Lent, though I have no problem with either.  Nor do I think we need crucifixes … [Read more...]

“Creating a cumulative case for the Book of Mormon”

La Venta altar

  My Thursday Deseret News column for this week is now up, and it's already being met by some commenters' discouraging inability to read: Incidentally, one of the commenters mentions "BYU's Prof Thomas Stuart Ferguson, a great man and archaeologist, [who] after having spent a lifetime trying to establish the historicity (truth claims) of the B of M, … [Read more...]