The best football play ever?

The Olivet Eagles

  This is a great story. My thanks to David Bokovoy and Loyd Ericson for noticing it.   … [Read more...]

“What is a Christian?”

Jesus has been depicted and regarded in innumerable ways over the past twenty centuries.

   My disagreements with Marcus Borg are numerous and significant, but I rather like this little article from him: I don't think it provides an exhaustively adequate answer to the question -- a question to which I myself have devoted considerable attention -- but I do agree that commitment to Jesus is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian, and that such … [Read more...]

Practical Charity

Symbolic statements are nice, but insufficient.  People need real food, actual clothing, and tangible shelter.

   Another inspiring place to look -- see this post, also -- to learn about the sorts of things that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are doing to serve humanity.  Not the worst sort of site to browse on a sabbath afternoon:   … [Read more...]

“Being a Mormon is hard”

You don't' have to earn it. You CAN't earn it.

   I like this testimony: You don't need to be perfect to be saved. I hope that most Latter-day Saints understand that.  But I know that some don't.  Or, if they do, they don't believe it -- or, perhaps more accurately, they don't believe that it applies to them. "Come, flounder with us."   … [Read more...]

Immortal Words . . . from Me

This image of Saturn, shown today by Professor Jani Radebaugh, was a real hit with the audience (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  For what it's worth, here are the opening remarks that I prepared and (more or less) delivered at the beginning of today's Interpreter Foundation conference on science and Mormonism: First of all, please silence all mobile devices.  And that means you.  And me.  Several years ago, I was speaking to a largish audience in North Carolina when somebody’s cell phone erupted loudly.  And it went on and on.  I began to wonder what was wrong with the idiot.  Why didn’ … [Read more...]

“The Myth of Live-and-Let-Live Liberalism”

"Neti neti," as it were

  Here's a good Jonah Goldberg article that I somehow missed from back in September:   … [Read more...]

One more bit of practical advice regarding Saturday’s Interpreter conference

Some of the conference speakers enjoying their meal together

   My wife and I just now returned from a dinner with most of those who will be participating in tomorrow's Interpreter Foundation conference on science and religion, as well as a few friends and Foundation leaders.  I think this is going to be a very good conference.  I certainly had a very good vibe from those who were there tonight.  And surely that counts as decisive evidence. Here's another word of advice for those who might want to attend even th … [Read more...]

LDS Charities

Clean water in Mozambique (Click to enlarge.)

   An interesting site laying out some of the humanitarian aid in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is involved: Browsing through it is quite enjoyable, even inspiring.  There's a lot going on.   … [Read more...]