“Behold, I make all things new”

From Wikimedia Commons, yet again kfjlsdkjfldsk09lkdfl

  We're several days into 2015 and, already, some resolutions for the new year have probably fallen by the wayside.  Here's a column that I wrote just before 2014 began: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593000/Behold-I-make-all-things-new.html There's still hope.   … [Read more...]

Intelligence and emotion in a chimpanzee mother

An eloquent chimpanzee

  This is really rather remarkable.  I've met some people who seem to believe that animals are merely machines.  (I've encountered a few academics who argue that humans are, as well.  But that's a different and much less defensible notion.) http://higherperspective.com/2014/12/chimp.html   … [Read more...]

“Warfare and the Book of Mormon”

Hopeless battle

  Another Latter-day Saint blog that's well worth reading: http://mormonwar.blogspot.com   … [Read more...]

Leading by example

wide, snowy trail

  "To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while." Josh Billings (nineteenth-century American humorist)    … [Read more...]

Another cautionary warning from the world of Catholic higher education

BYU Idaho's temple

  I've recently cited an article by someone deeply concerned about Catholic colleges and universities, and another by a friend who worries lest Latter-day Saint institutions of higher education travel a somewhat similar path. Here's a second piece regarding the Catholic situation: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395664/atlantic-discovers-jesuit-rebranding-nicholas-frankovich A Catholic canary in the Mormon coal … [Read more...]

“‘Tis a Puzzlement”

Blake's "Good and Evil Angels"

  Bill Hamblin asks an excellent question: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2015/01/05/tis-a-puzzlement/ The answer, of course, is twofold:  First of all, some people are on the right side, the side of love and kindness, while others . . . well, they're emissaries of fear, hatred, and obscurantism.  Second -- and this is essentially the same answer as the first -- some people are good and kind, while others are evil. The c … [Read more...]

New Testament 26

Bloch painting Jesus crowned with thorns

  John 2:23-25 Today's reading is very brief.  I give it here in its entirety, in the King James Version:  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.  But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.It's short, but it's fascinating.  Plainly, the author of John was … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2015 Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize Competition

"Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture"

  For any and all women out there, and for anybody who might be acquainted with one or more women: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-ruth-m-stephens-article-prize/ Teachers, please call this to the attention of your students.   … [Read more...]