“In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS”

    People in the West — in what was once called “the Christian world” or “Christendom” — should be paying closer attention to this situation than we seem to be:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/iraq-christianity-peril/index.html   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

“How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity”

    I recall a survey of historians (two or three decades back, I think) that ranked Johann Gutenberg as the most influential man in history because of his invention of printing with movable type.  It made books relatively cheap and the dissemination of ideas much easier.  It gave plausibility to William Tyndall’s famous vow: [Read More…]

Operation Underground Railroad

    I threatened, the other day, to mention at least a couple of charities that my wife and I have found of interest.  And I’m following through on that threat.  Here’s a second one:   https://ourrescue.org   It’s not a Latter-day Saint operation, but there’s a strong Latter-day Saint connection to it:  Read the [Read More…]

How to be happy

    “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

“Op-ed: Should Mormons who voted for Trump get temple recommends?”

    One of things that I hate most, one of the things that I’ve hated most about the 2016 presidential election, is the ever-increasing tendency to turn political disagreement into a Manichaean battle between light and darkness, a struggle of Good (us) versus Bad (them).   I despise and reject the urge to demonize [Read More…]

“Lost cat crosses the Wasatch Mountains to get home”

    A while back, I posted a link to an anti-cat essay here.  I’m now going to even the score.  Fair and balanced, that’s what I am:   http://www.ksl.com/?sid=42290697&nid=148   I actually like cats.  A lot.  When I was a teenager, I had a cat named “Stupid.”  He looked quite a bit like the cat [Read More…]

The meaning and power of the temple

    When a temple was announced for Los Angeles, President David O. McKay traveled to the area.  A young student named Truman Madsen was in the audience:   “President McKay asked for a million dollars from the local saints, and had pledge cards before the meeting was over for that amount, plus. Then he [Read More…]

“Why do Christians revere Jerusalem?”

    Correcting the so-called “newspaper of record”:   https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/why-do-christians-revere-jerusalem   Incidentally, just in case you’ve been dreaming of seeing Jerusalem for yourself, I’ll be accompanying a group there this coming May.  Join us!     [Read more…]

“Vast 5,600-year-old religious centre discovered near Stonehenge”

    There’s still so very, very much that we don’t understand (and may never understand) about the ancient world:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-religious-ceremonial-centre-discovered-archaeologists-a7425346.html   This is a pretty dramatic discovery in a quite populated, heavily studied, and very familiar area.     [Read more…]

Which one are you? Which am I?

    Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde       [Read more…]