“What does the Shroud of Turin prove about Easter?”

Duomo di Torino

  I haven't thought much about the so-called Shroud of Turin for several years now, but, as this article suggests, it's well-worthy of being thought about: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416411/what-does-shroud-turin-prove-about-easter-myra-adams   … [Read more...]

“If parallel universes exist, here’s how we could actually find the evidence”

This is what space looks like.

  http://www.businessinsider.com/do-we-live-in-a-parallel-universe-2015-4   … [Read more...]

“Not a scratch”

Titian's "Scourging of Christ"

  “I am wholly deserving of all the consequences that I will in fact never receive simply because God unashamedly stepped in front of me on the cross, unflinchingly spread His arms so as to completely shield me from the retribution that was mine to bear, and repeatedly took the blows. And I stand entirely unwounded, utterly lost in the fact that while His body was pummeled and bloodied to death by that which was meant for me and me alone, I have not a scratch.”  Craig D. Lo … [Read more...]

New Testament 121

Sunrise, with a Celtic cross

  Matthew 12:46-50Mark 3:31-35Compare Luke 8:19-21; John 15:14 The disbelief of Jesus' immediate family makes the apparently post-resurrection conversion of his half-brother James (to whom, according to 1 Corinthians 15, the risen Lord made a separate, special, and personal appearance) all the more impressive. Plainly, something happened that turned James into the pillar of the church at Jerusalem -- and the eventual martyr -- that he … [Read more...]

“The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective”

Dr. Pinchas Lapide with one of his books

  One of my more interesting experiences was to spend a fair amount of time, over roughly a week in January 1993, with the Jewish theologian, historian, and Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide (d. 1997). We were both participating in a small Jewish/Christian/Muslim "trialogue" held in Graz, Austria.  I was delighted to meet him, because I'd read about him long before, not expecting that we would ever cross paths. He had published a book entitled The … [Read more...]

“How to Save the Universe from Certain Death”

When galaxies collide

   The natural prospects of the Universe, and of life within it, aren't good. The atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell eloquently recognized this more than a century ago:  "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought … [Read more...]

The three new temples that were just announced

Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast

  I'm thrilled that three new temples were announced just now, and I'm thrilled by the locations for which they were announced: Abidjan, Côte d'IvoirePort-au-Prince, HaitiBangkok, Thailand  I'm thrilled, too, as I consider the people that these three temples will serve.  Two of them, I'm sure, will be overwhelmingly staffed and used by my black brothers and sisters. How wonderful! I'm so grateful for th … [Read more...]

On the “No” vote during yesterday’s sustaining of general Church officers

LDS Conference Center SLC UT

  Some may be aware that there was a vocal "No" vote during the sustaining of general Church officers in the afternoon session of General Conference yesterday.  (Simply quietly raising the right hand to indicate a negative vote must have seemed too tame.) I don't know how many voted "No."  It might have been only one, but I've heard that there were five -- and some gleeful apostates have exulted that there might have been as many as ten. Since the C … [Read more...]