Our desires aren’t too strong, but too weak.

Deer in Oxford

   “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”C. S. Lewis   Posted from New York City    … [Read more...]

“Scholars Predicting Historic Mormon Leadership Decision”

Brazil's newest temple

  I wouldn't be surprised if someone were called to the apostleship from Latin America or even Africa.  It's certainly possible. But the fact remains that the folks quoted in this Associated Press article are just as clueless on the matter as virtually everybody else is.  Their comments represent nothing more than the purest spe … [Read more...]

“‘How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place’: A Review of Danel W. Bachman, ‘A Temple Studies Bibliography’”

The second attempt, first successful, at a temple in New York.

  Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture continues to die, just as its critics have long predicted that it would.  Today, for example, it published not just one weekly article, but two articles.  Here's a link to the second of them: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/how-lovely-is-your-dwelling-placea-review-of-danel-w-bachmana-temple-studies-bibliography/  Posted from New York City    … [Read more...]

“Dissatisfied liberal Mormons find refuge in the Community of Christ”

Independence Missouri Pseudo-Temple

  I realize that there might be several members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I don't personally know, but . . .  well, I've seen and heard absolutely nothing to suggest the existence of the supposed trend reported here by the British newspaper The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/01/women-lgbt-mormons-community-of-christ And the numbers reported by the author, from which this alleged trend has been … [Read more...]

“The Temple: A Multifaceted Center and Its Problems”

New York City's temple

  Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture posted two articles today.  (I've been busy, and am a bit late in announcing this.)  Here's one of them: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-temple-a-multi-faceted-center-and-its-problems/  Posted from New York City    … [Read more...]

Two from the Greatest Generation

Foy and DuPre

  My wife and I were privileged yesterday to share our brief flight from Rochester to Newark with John D. Foy (90), of Rochester, New York, and Peter B. DuPré (92), of Fairport, New York.  (I have their permission to use their names and their photograph.) Mr. Foy served in the combat infantry in General Patton's Third Army, to which my father also belonged, and Mr. DuPré was a medic in the European theater, although I didn't catch what unit he belonged to.  (He … [Read more...]

“Israeli intel thwarts first known ISIS plot inside Jewish state”

  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/01/israeli-intel-thwarts-first-known-isis-plot-inside-jewish-state/?intcmp=hplnws  Posted from New York City   … [Read more...]

Could a dinosaur-killing asteroid also have intensified Earth’s volcanic eruptions?

Bolide collision

   http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/10/could-dino-killing-asteroid-have-pumped-up-giant-volcanoes/  Posted from New York City    … [Read more...]