Music of Christmas 9

    And now for a change of pace:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugV6QGcafEE&list=PLD60B23A37F523BE3     [Read more…]

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New Testament 331

    Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:2-12 Compare John 17:12; 18:20, 36   1.   The fact that Judas needed to identify Jesus (ironically, with a kiss) for those who had been sent to arrest the Savior demonstrates that Jesus didn’t have an unusual appearance.  He didn’t, for example, habitually levitate six [Read More…]

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“Donald Trump’s attacks on Muslims fit a pattern of persecution. Just ask Jews, Catholics and Mormons.”

    From the Washington Post:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/08/donald-trumps-attacks-on-muslims-fit-a-pattern-of-persecution-just-ask-jews-catholics-and-mormons/     [Read more…]

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“Why There’s No Such Thing as a Same-Sex Mormon Family”

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/08/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-same-sex-mormon-family/     [Read more…]

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The Qur’an, on killing innocent people

    For that cause, We decreed for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a person except for murder or corruption in the land, it’s as if he had killed all humankind.  But whoever saves a life, it’s as if he had saved the life of all humankind.  Our messengers had come to them [Read More…]

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New Testament 330

    Matthew 26:36-46 Mark 14:32-42 Luke 22:39-46 John 18:1 Compare Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; John 12:27; 14:31   1.   The Garden of Gethsemane isn’t and wasn’t a garden in the sense familiar to most Europeans and North Americans.  That is, it featured neither carrots, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce,  nor different varieties of roses. [Read More…]

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Music of Christmas 8

    In my judgment, one of the most unearthly and beautiful pieces of modern classical Christmas music is Morten Lauridsen’s setting of O magnum mysterium:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ch7uottHU   Latin text O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia. English translation [Read More…]

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New Testament 329

    John 17:1-26   For all the historical Christian talk about the oneness of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Trinity (or the Godhead), there is, to my knowledge, only a single passage in the New Testament that actually suggests the nature of that oneness:   In John 17:11, Jesus prays to the Father [Read More…]

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“Trump, the Anti-Constitutional Authoritarian — Liberty Lovers, Beware”

      Charles C. W. Cooke, an Oxford-educated Briton who has lived in the United States since 2011, sees the problem (and the threat) clearly:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428208/trump-anti-constitutional-authoritarian     [Read more…]

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“Fossils indicate dinosaurs evolved rapidly after first relatives appeared”

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-08/dinosaurs-emerged-later-but-evolved-quickly/7007960     [Read more…]

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