“Swedish female journalist stoned by Muslims in Stockholm”

    If true, and unless there are mitigating circumstances — I confess that I find it difficult to imagine what they might be — this story is rather troubling:   http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/10/video-journalist-stoned-while-trying-to-film-muslim-no-go-zone-in-sweden/   Thanks to Darren Zechiel for calling it to my attention.     [Read more…]

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New Testament 289

    Matthew 24:9-14 Mark 13:9-13 Luke 21:12-19 Compare Matthew 10:17-22; 24:24; Mark 13:22; Luke 12:11-12; John 14:26; 15:21; 16:2   These warnings strike me as more directly relevant, in certain respects, than they ever have been before at any point in my lifetime.   “False prophets,” love growing cold, iniquity abounding, divided families, hatred [Read More…]

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“California’s Explicitly Christian Heritage”

    Today’s installment of the biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column has been published by the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640300/Californias-explicitly-Christian-heritage.html     [Read more…]

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New Testament 287-288

    Matthew 24:1-8 Mark 13:1-8 Luke 21:5-11 Compare Matthew 24:11, 23-26; Mark 13:21-23; Luke 17:21, 23   In Matthew 24:3, the Greek phrase συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος  (“close of the age,” “completion of the age”) — αἰῶν (aion) is, obviously, the source of our English eon or aeon — could refer both to the overall end [Read More…]

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“What is turning so many young men into internet trolls?”

    I’m grateful to Renee Contreras De Loach for bringing this item to my attention:   http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/aug/03/how-to-stop-trolls-social-media   I couldn’t help but think, while reading it, of some of the genuinely unpleasant and very belligerent people I’ve encountered on message boards (when I still did message boards much), in really nasty (and almost always [Read More…]

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“Church Members Encouraged to Assist Refugees”

    An official letter from the First Presidency:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-members-encouraged-assist-refugees     [Read more…]

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“Book Review: ‘Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist”

    Stephen Smoot comments briefly on a new book regarding a subject that has caused many to wonder:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2015/10/book-review-evolving-faith-wanderings.html     [Read more…]

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The Prayer of St. Francis

    You’re probably aware of the famous prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (d. 1226).  But perhaps you’re not.  In either case, it’s a gem, well worth becoming acquainted with or, alternatively, reading again:   Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love,Where there is injury, pardon;Where [Read More…]

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“Halloween watching: 10 eerie episodes of ‘The Twilight Zone’ available to stream”

    Ghoulish season’s greetings!   The brilliant young film writer at the Deseret News offers some tips that you might enjoy acting on this weekend:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640224/Halloween-watching-10-eerie-episodes-of-6The-Twilight-Zone7-available-to-stream.html?pg=all#KCtMrdAMBeh85KRj.01   Meanwhile, are you worried that your Halloween costume might offend some ideologue’s delicate sensibilities, or that your little boy’s or little girl’s outfit might not be [Read More…]

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New Testament 286

    Mark 12:41-44 Luke 21:1-4   It’s difficult for me to read these passages now without thinking immediately of James Christensen’s 1988 painting.  But it’s still under copyright protection.   One of the lessons of this wonderful little story is this:  We can all give.  In God’s eyes, from the perspective of eternity, it’s [Read More…]

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