“Creating a cumulative case for the Book of Mormon”

    My Thursday Deseret News column for this week is now up, and it’s already being met by some commenters’ discouraging inability to read:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622217/Creating-a-cumulative-case-for-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   Incidentally, one of the commenters mentions “BYU’s Prof Thomas Stuart Ferguson, a great man and archaeologist, [who] after having spent a lifetime trying to establish the historicity [Read More…]

“Norwegian Muslims will form a human shield around an Oslo synagogue”

    Nicol Sorenson-Legakis brought this very positive story to my attention, for which I’m grateful:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/18/norwegian-muslims-will-form-a-human-shield-around-an-oslo-synagogue/     [Read more…]


    I want to thank Ray Agostini for bringing this moving little video to my notice:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-015RQxil5A   I’m so very happy that members of my church — and, in fact, my church — were there to help.     [Read more…]

Master and Slave

    When the master has come to do everything through the slave, the slave becomes his master, since he cannot live without him. George Bernard Shaw   Think about it.   I think this statement applies to things far beyond literal human slavery.  Far, even, beyond merely human beings, to all sorts of instruments, tools, [Read More…]

New Testament 78-79

    Luke 6:20-26 Compare Matthew 5:3-13   The Beatitudes, as they’re given in Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Plain, vary somewhat from those given by Matthew in his account of the Sermon on the Mount.   For instance, they’re addressed to the Savior’s audience, in the second person plural, rather than spoken in [Read More…]

LDS emergency relief in Syria

    I’ve just read a very sneering online post alleging that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cares nothing about the plight of people in the Near East, but is focused entirely on feathering the nests of wealthy American Mormons.  So I decided to post something in partial rebuttal, and this video, made [Read More…]

“Who are the Copts?”

    For those of you who’re trying to make sense of what’s going on in the Middle East — of, for example, the massacre of Christians perpetrated by ISIS a few days ago in Libya, as opposed to the newer massacre perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq’s Anbar Province on Tuesday — here’s an item from [Read More…]

Creating a “safe haven” for Middle Eastern Christians?

      An interesting proposal from a former congressman:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/february/genocidal-onslaught-middle-east-christians-isil-beheading-o.html?utm_source=connection-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=1281995&utm_content=336200949&utm_campaign=2013     [Read more…]

“CEO of multimillion-dollar company steps down to serve LDS mission with husband”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622135/CEO-of-multimillion-dollar-company-steps-down-to-serve-LDS-mission-with-husband.html?pg=1   One of the things that have always deeply impressed me about the Church and the Saints is illustrated in this article:   Faithful Saints are willing, time and time again, to step away from successful careers, comfortable homes, large bank accounts, familiar surroundings, family and friends, status, and other such things [Read More…]

“Five Middle East Blunders”

    The inimitable Victor Davis Hanson, on the sadly inimitable administration of Barack Obama:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/398698/five-middle-east-blunders-victor-davis-hanson     [Read more…]