Pope Francis concludes his visit to Turkey

Aya Sofya

  During his three days in majority-Muslim Turkey, the Pope called upon Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism and spoke out against the persecution of Christians: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30265996   … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 4

In Flanders Fields, as they look today

  Nearly two weeks ago, I posted a link to a wonderful short video about the famous "Christmas Truce" of 1914 at Flanders Fields.  If you haven't already seen it, please watch it now.  It's only three minutes long: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2014/11/the-christmas-ads-are-coming-but-few-if-any-will-be-better-than-this.html Even if you have seen it, you won't be damaged much by seeing it again.  It records a rare but spectacular moment d … [Read more...]

“The Blessings of a Mission Tour”

On Vavau Beach in Samoa

  I love to read the reflections of those who are serving the Lord full-time as missionaries.  Here's a short piece from a friend in Samoa: http://samoamission.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-blessings-of-mission-tour.html   … [Read more...]

A need for God

Schawlow won his Nobel for work on lasers

  "It seems to me that when confronted with the marvels of life and the universe, one must ask why and not just how. The only possible answers are religious. . . . I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life." Arthur L. Schawlow (d. 1999), Stanford University, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Physics  … [Read more...]

Beautiful aerial footage of the temples in Utah

Utah's third temple

  Four fine minutes for a Sabbath: http://www.ldsliving.com/story/77449-aerial-footage-of-all-the-temples-in-utah?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 3

The cathedral of Gloucester

  I've always loved Gustav Holst's beautiful setting of Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter."  Listen, here, to choir and congregation sharing the wonder of the piece and its message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRobryliBLQ   … [Read more...]

The real spirit of Christmas

hearth and fire at Xmas

  Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.Calvin Coolidge    … [Read more...]

Mark your calendars!

A brother in the Society of Jesus

  I'm very pleased to announce that, despite an extraordinarily busy schedule and after much back-and-forth about crowded calendars, Dr. Guy Consolmagno, the official Vatican astronomer, has agreed to come to Provo, Utah, for one or more lectures under the auspices of The Interpreter Foundation. But his visit is more than a year off. If you have a calendar extending out that far into the future, please mark the date of Saturday, 12 March 2016, on … [Read more...]