“Duke bows to pressure, cancels weekly Muslim call to prayer”

Duke's LSRC

  This is a follow-up to something that I posted yesterday: http://www.wncn.com/story/27857809/duke-university-to-hold-weekly-muslim-prayer-service I can't really say that I'm surprised.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 38-40

Tissot in Capernaum: Two blind men with Jesus

  Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 4:23Mark 1:32-39Luke 4:40-44 Notice, in the records of the sick people who are healed in the evening at Capernaum, that, of the three synoptic accounts -- John doesn't mention the incident -- only Matthew says "This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'"  Such observations ("This was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the mouth of the prophet X") … [Read more...]

“Crime-fighting London Jews protect local Muslims”

An image representing London

  Kevin Taylor brought this very positive and encouraging item to my attention: http://www.timesofisrael.com/crime-fighting-london-jews-provide-model-for-muslim-cooperation/ I love stories like this.  May there be more of them!   … [Read more...]

Two items on John Dehlin’s forthcoming disciplinary council

The second temple in Utah

  Despite my image in some circles as a heartless and mean-spirited fanatic, I take absolutely no pleasure in anybody's excommunication.  I won't feel any pleasure if that's the result in John Dehlin's case. Sometimes, though, the decision of a church council merely certifies a departure from the Church that has already occurred.  And, sometimes, excommunication is a necessary step. Here are two items from Stephen Smoot that were inspired by the an … [Read more...]

Responsibility in communication

So decorous, unlike the Internet

  I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what others might understand. That's an important principle for many of the discussions in which I'm regularly involved.   … [Read more...]

“Breaking News: Lucifer cast out of heaven for simply ‘asking questions’”

Satan's expulsion from heaven

  http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/01/breaking-news-lucifer-cast-out-of.html   … [Read more...]

A new greeting for certain types who want to post comments on my blog?

Smiley Face from WikiComm

  Ryan Campbell found this on a site called The Big Picture and called it to my notice because he thought that I might find it appropriate. I absolutely do: Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the … [Read more...]

New Testament 36-37

A Portuguese depiction of St. Peter as pope

  Matthew 8:14-15Mark 1:23-31Luke 4:38-39 The references in all three of the synoptic gospels to Christ's healing of Simon Peter's mother-in-law (πενθερὰ) tell us one thing for an absolute certainty:  The first pope was married!  Note, incidentally, how directly Jesus goes from the synagogue into Peter's house.  The two seem to be located very near each other, as, indeed, the traditional site of Peter's house in Capernaum is loc … [Read more...]