Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 22

"Judea's Plains" (A typical scene in the Judean hill country)

  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."  (John 17:3)  “He, the Life of all, our Lord and Saviour, did not arrange the manner of his own death lest He should seem to be afraid of some other kind. No. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this i … [Read more...]

“The Creation”

"All Things Denote There is a God" (Walter Rane)

  Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Parker, Steve Smoot, and Martin Tanner discuss Lesson 3 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual as part of The Interpreter Foundation's continuing campaign to provide insightful, informed, helpful resources for students and teachers in the Sunday school classes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   Posted from … [Read more...]

“Thou wast chosen before thou wast born”

The Primeval Council

  Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, Daniel Peterson, and Martin Tanner discuss the second lesson in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual for this Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable:  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Paris When It Sizzles”

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  I watched a film last night, with Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, called Paris When It Sizzles.  Curiously, I'd never heard of it before. Quite funny.  (It also features Tony Curtis, Noël Coward, a cameo by Marlene Dietrich, and a few bars from Frank Sinatra.)  Lots of allusions to other films.  Lots of mockery of Hollywood lifestyles and cliches. Light fare, but enjoyable.  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 21

Clare College, Cambridge

  "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."  (John 11:25) “Pilate's skeptical sneer 'What is truth?' was addressed to Truth Himself, standing there right in front of his face. The world's stupidest question was three words; God's profoundest answer was one Word.”  (Peter Kreeft) "Il est né le divin Enfant" ("He is born, the divine Child") was first published in 1862 in a collection of  ca … [Read more...]

Why I care about Phil Robertson and “Duck Dynasty”

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  On one level, of course, I don't at all.  I've never watched the show.  In fact, until the recent controversy, I'd never so much as heard of it. But I care very much right now. Why? Not because A&E has violated Phil Robertson's First Amendment right of free speech.  It hasn't.  In fact, being a private business, it can't.  A private company has the right to hire or suspend somebody for just about any reason it choo … [Read more...]

On theologically “progressive” non-judgmentalism

If ANYBODY has a problem, it seems to be "GOD." Right?

  The ever-relevant and perceptive C. S. Lewis.  As timely  now as ever: By the goodness of God we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this we may be right. And by Love, in this context, most of us mean kindness -- the desire to see others than the self happy; not happy in this way or in that, but just happy. What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are co … [Read more...]

“Judicial Tyranny”

An experienced European statesman and political thinker weighs in

   An editorial has just appeared from Salt Lake City's Deseret News regarding yesterday's federal court decision, by a single appointed federal judge, that voided an important portion of the constitution of the State of Utah: I share its concerns. And so should even those who favor its specific direction. Overturning the legally expressed will of … [Read more...]