“Same-sex marriage and missing churches”

Empty church interior

  Here's a brief but thought-provoking look at some intriguing data: http://juicyecumenism.com/2015/03/20/same-sex-marriage-and-missing-churches/ It reminds me of a famous book from many years ago by Dean M. Kelley:  Why Conservative Churches are Growing.  Posted from Langley, British Columbia  … [Read more...]

How this Mormon got over childhood sex abuse

The first temple in Washington State

  https://jpbottema.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/create-success/ One correction, though:  As far as I'm aware, Elder Busche is still very much alive.  (His autobiography, by the way, is superb:  Yearning for the Living God.)  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

A report from Vancouver

Where we had dinner tonight.

  I spoke early this afternoon at the New Westminster campus of Douglas College, on "Islam, ISIS, and the Media."  Good audience, excellent questions. In the evening, we went to dinner with our hosts and another couple at The Teahouse in Stanley Park.  My wife ordered the Pacific Roasted Sablefish, I ordered the Fresh BC Salmon, and we shared.  Fantastic.  I really recommend this restaurant, for more than just the view.  But we didn't o … [Read more...]

Grammar and clear thinking

Grammar Nazi icon. Hmmmm.

  I actually tend to agree with this: “People who cannot distinguish between good and bad language, or who regard the distinction as unimportant, are unlikely to think carefully about anything else.” B. R. Myers    Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Place of Crushing: The Literary Function of Heshlon in Ether 13:25-31″

Moroni on Cumorah

  I'm a bit late in posting this link because I've been out lecturing, well away from my computer.  But it's Friday, so you surely should have known that a new article was coming from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/place-of-crushing-the-literary-function-of-heshlon-in-ether-1325-31/  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Lure of the Caliphate”


  Malise Ruthven published this lucid and insightful article -- only slightly marred by one obligatory gratuitous jibe at George W. Bush -- in the New York Review of Books back at the end of February: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/feb/28/lure-caliphate-isis/ I recommend it.  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“What Mormons should know about NBC’s new television series ‘A.D.’”

Giotto's "Ascension"

  I'm hoping to watch this: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624496/What-Mormons-should-know-about-NBCs-new-television-series-AD.html?pg=all  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Are the first stars in the universe invisible?”

The star Proxima Centauri

   A fascinating excursion into the earliest history of the Universe.  And a hint of a major discovery just around the bend: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/are-the-first-stars-in-the-universe-invisible-4fe168d44d56  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]