New Testament 354

    Matthew 28:11-15   This is, as a matter of fact, one of the most ancient counter-explanations for the purported bodily resurrection of Jesus.   That’s significant:  It suggests that everybody agreed that the tomb was, in fact, empty.   No small thing, that.     [Read more…]

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“Muslim and Jewish Feminists Gather to Seek Common Ground”

    I like it any time people with very different world views learn to talk civilly and respectfully to one another.   http://forward.com/sisterhood/327510/muslim-and-jewish-feminists-gather-to-seek-common-ground/   Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for alerting me to this story.     [Read more…]

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“The designing hand of a super intelligence”

    “A common sense and satisfying interpretation of our world suggests the designing hand of a super intelligence.”  (Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science, Harvard University; Senior Astronomer Emeritus, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)   [Read more…]

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New Testament 353

    Matthew 28:9-10 John 20:14-18 Compare Matthew 26:32; 28:7-8; Mark 14:28; 16:7, 9-11; Luke 24:10-11   Notice the statement in the Matthew passage that the women, having met the resurrected Christ, “held him by the feet.”  This, by itself, is enough to suggest a problem in a common reading of the “Touch me not” [Read More…]

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‘Twas the last Sunday before Smithmas

    One of the most dishonest accusations leveled against the Church by its most dishonest critics is alleges that Latter-day Saints celebrate “Smithmas” — Joseph Smith’s birthday — on 23 December, instead of Christmas.  Allegedly, our worship services on the Sunday closest to Christmas typically focus on the Prophet, whom we really worship.  Jesus, [Read More…]

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“Iranians spontaneously create ‘walls of kindness’ to help the homeless”

    I like this story very much, for several reasons:   http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35132157     [Read more…]

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New Testament 352

    Matthew 28:1-8 Mark 16:1-8 Luke 24:1-12 John 20:1-13 Compare Matthew 26:32; 28:10; Mark 14:28; Luke 23:56; John 20:17-18   1.   I’ve been aiming to finish this reading of the four gospels before the end of the year, but it’s led to some seemingly quite un-Christmas-like discussions (e.g., of the scourging and crucifixion [Read More…]

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“Confessions of a Non-Mormon”

    Positive statements about Utah and Mormons from somebody who might have been expected to think otherwise:   http://theodysseyonline.com/george-fox-university/confessions-of-non-mormon/240561   Thanks to Kevin Taylor for alerting me to this.     [Read more…]

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New Testament 351

    Matthew 27:62-66   His disciples hadn’t always grasped the idea that Jesus would rise from the dead, but the prophecy was well enough known to concern the local authorities.   And, in fact, theft of the body will become one of the common skeptical explanations — already in antiquity — for the claim that [Read More…]

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Orson Scott Card: “Christmas is About a Baby”

    Last year’s Christmas devotional piece in Interpreter was kindly contributed by the prominent Latter-day Saint writer Orson Scott Card:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/#more-6417   It was the first in a series that has since added generous contributions from Mitt Romney (for Easter) and, now, Clayton Christensen.   You may or may not have noticed this [Read More…]

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