This April in the Holy Land!

The Masada massif

  There are, I'm told, still a few places in the group:  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“A very contemporary translation of the New Testament”

The entrance to Koinonia Farm

  My weekly column for the Deseret News appeared this morning: It appeared in a slightly different form than the one I submitted.  The original version included that unprintable racial epithet. You can easily see why the editors had reservations.  I wasn't surprised, but thought it worth a try.  The column lost a bit of its punch wit … [Read more...]

Pilate’s skeptical sneer

Jesus stands before the Roman procurator

  “Pilate's skeptical sneer 'What is truth?' was addressed to Truth Himself, standing there right in front of his face. The world's stupidest question was three words; God's profoundest answer was one Word.”  (Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston College)  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Alma 5

Teichert, Alma and the king's sons

  Today's reading, Alma 5, contains another of the Book of Mormon's greatest sermons. I think it's helpful, in reading through this sermon, to think of Alma's own personal history.  Remember his spectacular conversion story, which involved a dramatic appearance by an angel.  That angelophany turned his life around and, as he saw it, literally saved him from damnation. So, when he speaks about captivity and about deliverance from bondage and from h … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 15

Stormtrooping for the Emperor

  The imperial stormtroopers seize a favorite American Christmas song for the Emperor:  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“5 ways other religions have made me a better Latter-day Saint”

Famous Rockwell painting of Golden Rule

  An interesting blog post out of Texas: I completely agree with the spirit of the post.  I've been talking and writing about Krister Stendahl's concept of "holy envy" for many years.  (I used it in these oral remarks from 2000, for example.) I don't like the concept of "tolerance" very much.  It suggests nothing beyond holding my nose and generously all … [Read more...]

Pranking Harvard

H vs. Y

  Those who know me will find it easy to believe that I would give my eye teeth to have pulled something like this off: And those who know me really well will be aware, perhaps, that one or two pranks in which I was involved as an undergraduate have found their way into printed histories of Brigham Young University. If I accomplish nothing else with my life, I at least have the memories of … [Read more...]

“10 Sublime Wonders of Science”

Close-up of green leaf

  This writer doesn't seem to me to have much to say, really, about "meaning," though he plainly thinks he does:  But his list does include some real wonders -- including a few that should leave him and others wondering.  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]