On the LDS news conference regarding gay rights and religious liberty

The Conference Center in SLC

  You may have missed this, especially if you live outside of Utah, but it's rather important: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865620495/LDS-statement-could-move-Utah-nondiscrimination-religious-freedom-debate-forward.html http://www.sltrib.com/home/2106982-155/in-major-move-mormon-apostles-call I confess that to having reservations about anti-discrimination legislation in general -- not because I favor bigotry and not because I … [Read more...]

“Meet the diplomat who might have the most dangerous job in the world”

A political map of the Arabian Peninsula

  Formerly the United States ambassador to Kuwait, Matthew Tueller is currently our representative to Yemen, where the government has just fallen, a Shi‘i insurgency has taken over the capital, and "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP; تنظيم القاعدة في جزيرة العرب‎) is extremely active (having recently sponsored the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris). He's a Latter-day Saint, and a graduate of BYU -- as are Deborah Jones (also a former ambassador to Kuwait, … [Read more...]

Why truth tellers always face a challenge

Britain's wartime PM

  "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) … [Read more...]

The matter of John Dehlin, for Jews

Utah's Logan Canyon, in Cache County

  Here's an effort to explain the case of John Dehlin to a Jewish audience: http://www.jewishjournal.com/jews_and_mormons/item/john_dehlin_a_mormon_jew_for_jesus   … [Read more...]

The NY Times on Mitt Romney and his Mormonism, again

Boston Temple, near where Romneys lived

  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/us/politics/romneys-consideration-of-candidacy-is-closely-tied-to-his-faith-allies-say.html?_r=0   … [Read more...]

“Ignoring religion is ‘anti-journalism’”

Plymouth, MI, megachurch

  Except for such satisfying examples of religiously-tinged misbehavior as routinely come out of the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, and the occasional gratifying progressive-sounding remark by Pope Francis, the American news media don't pay a lot of attention to religious news.  Some -- including me (which is why I write two columns for the Deseret News -- think that this is a mistake and a distortion.  And here's someone saying the same t … [Read more...]

New Testament 52-53


  Matthew 5:13-16Compare Mark 4:21; 9:49-50; Luke 8:16; 14:34-35; John 8:12 We sometimes seem to imagine that, eventually, everybody on the planet will accept the Gospel and join the true Church.  And, sometimes, we're derided by critics -- especially of the cynical, apostate kind -- because the Church has signally failed to convert most of the world. But I can't see that the prophecies have ever indicated that the Church would enroll every … [Read more...]

Marcus Borg, RIP

Marcus Borg, D. Phil.

  He was, by all accounts, a kind and decent man. But he had ceased to be a Christian, I think, according to most ordinary definitions of that word. http://spectator.org/articles/61582/death-marcus-borg-christian-panentheist There seem to be a few out there, the logic of whose position would (in my view), if they followed it, eventually take members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a similar … [Read more...]