Things that really matter

The temple in St. George

  I never knew Matthew Parker, but his father, Mike, is a friend -- and a colleague both in FairMormon and The Interpreter Foundation.  He regularly participates, very insightfully, in the Foundation's "scripture roundtables," and we're often in on those conversations together. I sincerely hope that I'm not being too public for them with this, but Mike and his wife lost their son Matt in a tragic freak accident at Lake Powell back in 2011.  And, just now, I w … [Read more...]

Arresting inspiration

near Upolu, Samoa, in the mountains

  Two new entries, including a wonderful story of inspiration and blessing, from our friends in Samoa: http://samoamission.blogspot.com   … [Read more...]

“Muslim Twisted Thinking”?

hospital in Jerusalem

  I received the following in an email on Sunday night.  The original letter purports to come from Dr. Arieh Eldad, of Hadassah Hospital in Israel -- a place where we once took one of our sons for a medical emergency (and received first-rate care):I was instrumental in establishing the "Israeli National Skin Bank", which is the largest in the world.  The National Skin Bank stores skin for every day needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations.   This s … [Read more...]

“Diving into the afterlife in Hawai’i”

Kaanapali's Black Rock

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597083/Diving-into-the-afterlife-in-Hawaii.html   … [Read more...]

Arguing for the Resurrection at Education Week

A modern icon

  Just a reminder that I'll be speaking at BYU Education Week again this year (19-22 August):  Daniel C. Peterson Truly He Is Risen: A Historical Case for the Resurrection of Christ 3220–3224 Wilkinson Student Center (WSC), 3:10–4:05 p.m. T  The Witness of the Gospels W  The Collective Witness of the Original Twelve Th  Paul, the Neglected Witness F  The Witness of the Restoration  I'm really excited about this topic, and only hope that I can begin … [Read more...]

“Love People, Not Pleasure”

most interesting social scientist about

  A wonderful article by one of the most interesting and useful social scientists in America: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html?_r=2   … [Read more...]

“An ancient pagan prophecy of Christ?”

the ancient Sybil

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865594809/An-ancient-pagan-prophecy-of-Christ.html   … [Read more...]

The Chinese government destroys Christian crosses

Praying Christians in China

  Christians are having a very difficult time in many parts of the world right now. There should be more who are upset about this than there seem to be: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765657313/Toppled-crosses-in-China-spur-defiance.html   … [Read more...]


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