“How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology”

Shops near the ruins of Petra

  My Deseret News column for last Thursday pointed out that "real archaeology bears little resemblance to an Indiana Jones movie." That's true, of course. But a new exhibit at the museum of the National Geographic Society in Washington DC  illustrates a few of the connections that do exist between those movies and contemporary … [Read more...]

New Testament 160

"Kreuztragung" Grünewald

   Matthew 16:24-28Mark 8:34-9:1Luke 9:23-27Compare Matthew 10:33, 38-39; Luke 12:9; 14:27; 17:33; John 8:51-52; 12:25; 21:20-23 1. These passages make it clear that discipleship can and often does require sacrifice.  And I see such examples on a regular basis. Our long-time neighbors across the street will leave soon to preside over the Norway Oslo Mission.  Accepting this call has already dramatically transformed … [Read more...]

Church members should be proud of BYU and its graduates

BYU Idaho by night

  I already posted an item on this earlier, but Robert Appleberry has called my attention to a write-up on the same topic from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2015/05/13/the-10-colleges-whose-students-almost-always-repay-their-debts/   … [Read more...]

Pioneers in Brazil: The 4000 Kilometer Journey from Manaus to the Temple in Sao Paulo

A political map of Brazil

  This is an impressive story of faith and devotion that deserves to be better known.  If you have roughly fifteen minutes, watch the video: https://history.lds.org/article/manaus-brazil-temple-caravan?lang=eng   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (24)

Algebraic equations

  Allen Hansen brought this chilling example of the evil influence of religion to my horrified notice: http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/this-day-in-jewish-history/.premium-1.656597   … [Read more...]

“Be different.”

Professor Nibley

  "Don't be like anybody else. Be different. Then you can make a contribution. Otherwise, you just echo something; you're just a reflection." Hugh Nibley    … [Read more...]

Dissent is unacceptable!

An early steam roller

  Under pressure, a professor at Utah State University has removed his name from the list of signatories to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States with reference to its pending decision on the redefinition of marriage: http://m.news.hjnews.com/allaccess/usu-professor-removes-name-from-anti-gay-marriage-amicus-brief/article_2b3c0fbc-f9a1-11e4-9535-078ef526bcf8.html?mode=jqm The brief that he signed opposes such … [Read more...]

“U.S. troops kill ISIS leader”

The logo of the Islamic State

  No, not the supreme leader, the wannabe calph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Still, though, this is a fairly big deal: http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/05/16/newday-starr-us-troops-kill-isis-leader-abu-sayyaf.cnn/video/playlists/top-news-videos/ If the nihilistic death-cult that calls itself the "Islamic State" is to be defeated, it must be economically hobbled. This raid may be a significant step toward that end, and its … [Read more...]