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Thor's Helmet   … [Read more...]

What is the secret of getting ahead?

Hannibal with Mississippi

  "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." (Mark Twain)   … [Read more...]

I always wanted to see the ORIGINAL Palmyra


  But it now seems that I've likely missed my opportunity forever: The "Islamic State" represents a purer form of evil barbarism than perhaps any other group I've seen in my lifetime. And they appear poised to seize control of Ramadi, as well -- an Iraqi town for which many young Americans sacrificed their lives just a few short years … [Read more...]

On tonight’s Romney vs. Holyfield fight

W. Mitt Romney as Evander Holyfield

   I get them confused, sometimes.  The fight tonight will be hard to follow, for that reason.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 158

At the base of St. Peter's dome

   Matthew 16:13-20Mark 8:27-30Luke 9:18-21John 6:67-71Compare Matthew 18:18; John 6:66; 20:22-23   I. The passages of the synoptic gospels listed above are absolutely crucial to the claims of the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church.  Right around the base of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, in enormous letters -- see the photograph above -- Jerome's Latin Vulgate translation of the words of … [Read more...]

“A map of how far the earthquake in Nepal moved the earth”

Mount Everest with snow (unlike the palm tree season)

  This is both fascinating and, if you think about it much, a bit unnerving:   … [Read more...]

“Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of a Friendly and Thoughtful Evangelical”

"Talking with Mormons"

  Candidly, in order to publish at least one article every Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture sometimes grows a bit desperate and is forced to scrape the bottom of the proverbial barrel in order to come up with something, anything. Sadly, that was the case this week:   … [Read more...]

“Let no man steal your thyme”

Pentangle album cover

  I was really pleased, a couple of days ago, to see a preview for the forthcoming film version of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.  I look forward to the movie. And I was doubly pleased to recognize, playing in the background, an orchestral/instrumental version of "Let no man steal your thyme," which is the first track on an album (vinyl!) by the British group Pentangle that I bought way back in … [Read more...]