“Pointing a knife at the freedom of faith communities across Canada to hold and practise their beliefs”

TWU campus in Fraser Valley, BC

  Canada doesn't have a precise equivalent to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Still, this is a troubling decision, and one that indicates a highly possible trajectory for the United States a few short years from now: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-law-societys-decision-to-refuse-trinity-western-accreditation-upheld/article25230491/ You think, since it's from a foreign country, that … [Read more...]

“The Only Three Heavy Elements in the Universe that Aren’t Made in Stars”

Van Gogh's Starry Night

  Our universe is, actually, quite a remarkable place. And its "remarkableness" is apparent, if and when we think about it, even in very "ordinary" things.  As here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/07/01/the-only-three-heavy-elements-in-the-universe-that-arent-made-in-stars/ Thinking about ordinary things in this way should increase our wonder and astonishment.  Posted from San Diego, … [Read more...]

A very nice day in every regard (some of it confidential)

California's third temple

  We participated in a session at the San Diego Temple this afternoon with the friend who's been down here with us. Afterward, we dropped her off at the airport. We next had a really good seafood dinner at Roy's San Diego Waterfront restaurant, right on the marina.  Beautiful weather, too.  And then, after relaxing for a while in our hotel room, we saw an excellent and very funny (if occasionally somewhat raunchy) pr … [Read more...]

“How to Save the Mormon Sabbath”

Mormon chapel in Oz

  http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2015/07/02/how_to_save_the_mormon_sabbath.html I'm not particularly enthused with the idea of abolishing Sunday School.  I served for more than eight years on the Church's Gospel Doctrine writing committee, generating curriculum material for the Sunday School.  I've spent much of my adult life teaching Sunday School, my absolute favorite among Church callings, and, in fact, that's what I'm doing now.  Moreover, I do … [Read more...]

“The Supreme Court Ratifies a New Civic Religion that is Incompatible with Christianity”

Typical LDS young adults

  David French, an Evangelical Christian with a Harvard law degree, writes an insightful little essay here from which Latter-day Saints, too, can benefit: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420376/marriage-christians-religion-love  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

On judging people

You can see my window in this

   "We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others."  (John Wesley)   Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read more...]

“Ending Tax Exemptions Means Ending Churches”

Should honest gay couples have to subsidize evil places such as this?

   http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/29/ending-tax-exemptions-means-ending-churches/  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

“Treasures in earthen vessels”

Stained glass of Peter's commission

  This week's Thursday column in the Deseret News is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631794/Treasures-in-earthen-vessels.html  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]