“The Islamic State wins prestigious Turner Prize for modern art”

The Tate, in London

  http://www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/islamic-state-wins-prestigious-turner-prize-modern-art/  Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Exploring complexities in the English language of the Book of Mormon”

Tanner Building, BYU

  The critics have been all over this one, demanding to know why God would do it and proclaiming the whole idea stupid and desperate. But, of course, they haven't actually engaged the data. And, surely, that's the first step.  It isn't enough to say "This is stupid!"  One has to look at the actual facts.  And it isn't enough to demand "Why would God do x?" as if that question somehow demonstrated that x hasn't actually been done. For pe … [Read more...]

“Meet the ‘world’s first’ gay married ‘throuple’”

Grand Palace of Bangkok

  One of my duties here at Sic et Non is to scan the horizon, identifying harbingers of things to come.  For example, I brought you the glorious news of the father and daughter who want to marry: "Legalize Love!" And, now, I'm honored to announce to you the first married gay trio: http://nypost.com/2015/02/27/thai-throuple-believed-to-be-worlds-first-gay-married-trio/ And why on earth not? Once "marriage" has … [Read more...]

“A Heart for Mormon-Heavy Utah”

Temple Square, etc.

  He's coming for you: http://bpnews.net/44307/week-of-prayer-a-heart-for-mormonheavy-utah May he be received well.  May he be successful in leading faithless people to faith in Christ.  May the people of Utah treat him kindly.  May he have no success whatever in seducing faithful Latter-day Saints away from the Restored Church.   … [Read more...]

“LDS man’s incredible story of forgiveness coming to theaters”

A Siberian sunrise?

  I don't know, of course, how well done this film will be.  But I love the idea, and I wish that more such films were made: http://ldsliving.com/story/78064-lds-mans-incredible-story-of-forgiveness-coming-to-theaters?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   … [Read more...]

Hill after hill after hill

Mandela votes, 1994

  After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.  (Nelson Mandela) … [Read more...]

Vancouver, British Columbia, 20-22 March

Vancouver, not really very dark

  I'll be doing some public lectures up in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a couple of weeks.  Just in case there's anybody out there who's in that area and might be interested, here's the schedule, as it stands right now, of what I'll be doing publicly: Friday, March 20th at Noon, academic lecture at Douglas College, New Westminster, B.C. (Topic:  something related to Islam and current events).Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 pm, academic lecture at University o … [Read more...]

New Testament 94

Galilean landscape in dry season

  I fell just a bit behind on New Testament entries over the past few days, so I'm determined to make them up.  Hence, a second such entry today.  And, if I'm lucky, there'll be a third. Matthew 9:14-17Mark 2:18-22Luke 5:33-39John 3:29-30 Two brief points to make in connection with these passages: 1.  Jesus obliquely warns his disciples here that he won't always be with them. 2.  He's indicating the need in his … [Read more...]