“The good, the bad, and the illegible: Deciphering the handwriting of early Church scribes”

Pres. Dr. Richards

  There are at least three pretty funny examples of difficult handwriting in this little article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865623978/The-good-the-bad-and-the-illegible-Deciphering-handwriting-of-early-church-scribes.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

“Florida city wages Soviet-style crackdown on churches”

City Hall in Lake Worth FL

  The headline is a bit overdone, but, still, this is a strange story: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/05/florida-city-wages-soviet-style-crackdown-on-churches/ Once again, it seems to involve a clash -- or a perception of a clash, anyway -- between religious freedom and homosexualism.  And, thus far, guess who's winning?   … [Read more...]

“Two things are infinite.”

Einstein on two infinities

  “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein    … [Read more...]

A weekend that was probably better than I deserve

Riverside CC in Provo

  This weekend, now coming to a close, had the potential of real trouble.  I mean, it began on Friday the Thirteenth and concluded with the Ides of March, which didn't go swimmingly well for the late Mr. Julius Caesar.  In between was Pi Day, so that wasn't too bad, perhaps. But it went well, albeit with dangerously large amounts of food. On Friday evening, acting on behalf of the Interpreter Foundation, I hosted a dinner at the Riverside Country C … [Read more...]

Americans are religious and happy.

US map in red, white, and blue

  http://juicyecumenism.com/2015/03/14/why-are-americans-happy-religious/   … [Read more...]

“The Cokeville Miracle”

The county in which Cokeville sits

  I'm really looking forward to this film: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624143/The-Cokeville-Miracle-a-story-of-faith-and-answered-prayers.html I've read a fair amount about the incident and have spoken with people with connections to Cokeville.  (And, for what it's worth, I've visited the town, though I didn't conduct any research of my own there.) It's a remarkable story.   … [Read more...]

“Jews, Muslims, and UCLA”

Westwood and my alma mater

  Though all isn't bleak by any means, this is a disturbing story from one of my alma maters, and I hope that it isn't a harbinger of things to come: http://www.jewishjournal.com/rob_eshman/article/jews_muslims_ucla I fear, however, that it's precisely that. And, as tolerance for religious dissent from today's prevailing orthodoxy on redefining marriage and related issues continues to decline (if not altogether to plummet), I expect to … [Read more...]

New Testament 104-105

SWK, in about 1980

  Matthew 10:40-42; 11:1Compare Mark 9:41; Luke 10:16; John 5:23; 12:44-45; 13:20 The principle that whoever receives Jesus' authorized representatives receives him, and that whoever receives him receives his Father -- something of a theological or ecclesiological version of the transitive property of equality in mathematics -- is fundamental to the Latter-day Saint view of the Church, or, more specifically, of the Priesthood.  (And, in this respect, it's … [Read more...]