“How We Baptized a Whole Village”

Vanuatu doesn't look entirely ugly

  It reminds me of Wilford Woodruff in England: http://www.missiongeek.net/2015/05/how-we-baptized-a-whole-village/   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (27)

Thorncrown Chapel, in Arkansas

  Thorncrown Chapel was designed by E. Fay Jones, a former apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, on a commission from a retired schoolteacher named Jim Reed. Perhaps Mr. Reed, apparently a religious sort, should not have been permitted to commission such a toxic building.  Yuck.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 161

Jabal al-Shaykh

   Matthew 17:1-9Mark 9:2-10Luke 9:28-36Compare Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; 9:37; John 12:28-30  In Matthew 16, Jesus promised to give Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  In Matthew 17, Peter, James, and John -- acting as the First Presidency of the Church -- received them. As the Church's New Testament manual for college-age students explains, "These keys include the power to administer the or … [Read more...]

“The repulsions of atheism”

Mr. John Updike

  "Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?" John Updike … [Read more...]

Daniel C. Peterson Oratory, Inc.

Demosthenes practicing

  Reports have it that the average Hillary Clinton speaking engagement, prior to the launch (a few weeks ago) of her presidential campaign on behalf of "everyday people," lasted approximately an hour and cost approximately $300,000.00. That's roughly $5000.00 per minute. And it's also said that Ms. Clinton, perhaps fearful of relapsing into her recent state of being "dead broke," demands accommodation in the hotel's Presidential Suite (along with … [Read more...]

“Does America need Mitt Romney?”

She should be the First Lady right now.

  http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/242400-does-america-need-mitt-romney Just about every day -- literally -- I think to myself how much better things would be if we had Mitt Romney in the White House rather than the ineffectual incumbent. I doubt very much that we're going to see a sudden groundswell of sentiment for drafting Governor Romney, but I would be far from unhappy if one materialized. By all … [Read more...]

“About that poll showing fewer U.S. Christians . . . “

St. Louis's cathedral

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418556/about-poll-showing-fewer-us-christians-david-paul-kuhn   … [Read more...]

“Obama’s ISIS Credibility Gap”

ISIS and other "states" in Iraq and the Levant

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418571/obamas-isis-credibility-gap-bing-west   … [Read more...]