I’ve just invented a wholly original new word!

Fireworks celebration

  I'm really excited about a new word that I've just invented. It's plagiarism.   … [Read more...]

“The Match-Up You’ve Been Waiting For: Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney”

Evander Holyfield in the ring

  I'm not making this up: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/16/the-match-up-youve-been-waiting-for-evander-holyfield-vs-mitt-romney/   … [Read more...]

New Testament 108

Sea of Galilee map

  Matthew 11:20-24Luke 10:12-15 It surprises people to see how small the area is in which the Galilean ministry of Jesus was concentrated: Magdala, from which Mary Magdalene derived her name, is on the western shore of the lake, and its ruins are still plainly visible today.  (Our tours -- there's still room on the one leaving in about a month -- always drive by Magdala two or three times.)  Bethsaida, possibly the … [Read more...]

“Solving the Riddle of Near-Death Experiences”

Paradiso di Dante

  An article in the current issue of The Atlantic provides a pretty good overview of the current issues: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/03/the-science-of-near-death-experiences/386231/ I think I detect a bias toward an ultimately materialistic explanation in Gideon Lichfield's writing -- he tends to call it "scientific" -- but he provides a reasonably fair summation.  And I'm inclined to think that, if he's giving us the best the … [Read more...]

“Passion and Passover: Jesus and Temple”

Temple Model J'lem

  On Monday, March 30, there will be a conference entitled "Passion and Passover: Jesus and Temple." It will be at BYU in the Hinckley Center main assembly room. Admission is free. We invite everyone to join us in this scholarly celebration of Passover and Easter. It is a presentation of the Academy for Temple Studies, co-sponsored by BYU Studies and the Religious Studies program at USU. The speakers are world-class scholars in Bible studies.Jesus and Temple: Passion a … [Read more...]

A beautifully done “Mormon Messages” video on the Ten Commandments

Jabal Musa

  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/new-mormon-message-focuses-on-the-ten-commandments These were designed to be shared, to go viral, to take the message of the Gospel all around the world. Do your part!   … [Read more...]

“Mercury as never seen before”

Solar System Chart

  Back when I was a kid interested in astronomy -- the telescope had just been invented, and looking through it was all the rage -- the thought of seeing close-up photographs of the surface of Mercury was . . . well, unthinkable. So these astonish and delight me: http://www.nature.com/news/mercury-seen-as-never-before-1.17088   … [Read more...]

“Is dialogue with Islam possible?”

Jami‘at al-Azhar

  I agree pretty much completely with the remarks reported here: http://ncronline.org/blogs/faith-and-justice/dialogue-islam-possible In fact, as I read through the article, I thought to myself that I not only could have give this speech, I have given this speech.  Many times.   … [Read more...]