Moving on

He's moving.

  You can't read the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.   … [Read more...]

“When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?”

old Rowan Cty KY courthouse

  Kim Davis has been released from jail, but the case of the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk remains a controversial and interesting one. Here's a careful, calm, and lucid analysis of the legal issues involved in it by Eugene Volokh, a prominent professor of constitutional law at UCLA.  He is, himself, a libertarian and a supporter of gay marriage, but he actually believes that Ms. Davis has a potentially reasonable legal … [Read more...]

New Testament 262

Jesus and his disciples, by Rembrandt van Rijn (1637)

  Matthew 20:17-19Mark 10:32-34Luke 18:31-34 These predictions are about as clear as they could possibly be, so Luke's comment that the apostles didn't understand them at all seems rather strange. But perhaps it's understandable when we realize that the apostles were totally caught up in the mesmerizing, charismatic leadership of Jesus. They probably found the idea of his absence unthinkable, the possibility of his "defeat" at … [Read more...]

“7 Ancient Mysteries Archaeologists Will Solve This Century”

Dawn at Machu Picchu

  An intriguing set of predictions:   … [Read more...]

Tuesday evening’s lecture

1830 edition Book of Mormon

  Royal Skousen's lecture tonight was well attended.  And, I think, well received. Among other things, he presented some of his findings with regard to what the Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon tells us regarding the scribes and the process of translation. He also announced that the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project that he's led with meticulous and dedicated scholarship for roughly three decades will no longer be affiliated with the M … [Read more...]

“I Can Do All Things Through Christ”

Rembrandt's Paul

  John Gee, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster gather for this, the 138th scripture roundtable published by the Interpreter Foundation.  Their discussion centers on 2015 Gospel Doctrine lesson 40, which is based, in its turn, on the New Testament epistles of Philippians, Colossians 1-4, and Philemon:   … [Read more...]

From the “Washington Post”: “Obama’s Syria Achievement”

More refugees

  The Washington Post! As the Wall Street Journal pointed out in an excellent editorial published on Tuesday ("The West's Refugee Crisis"), "This is what the world looks like when the West abandons its responsibility to maintain world order. . .  the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st century. . . .  The conceit has b … [Read more...]

What the Father wants for you (and me)

A mtn foss

  “Now, brothers and sisters, prophets have lived and died to reestablish in the world in our generation that glorious truth–that what the Eternal Father wants for you and with you is the fullness of your possibilities. And those possibilities are infinite. And he did not simply make you from nothing into a worm; he adopted and begat you into his likeness in order to share his nature. And he sent his Firstborn Son to exemplify just how glorious that nature can be–even in mor … [Read more...]