“The Dead Sea is drying out”

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/travel/cnnphotos-dead-sea-dying/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool   By the way, my wife and I will be leading a tour group along the shore of the Dead Sea (and to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and to Caesarea Maritima and to Nazareth and to the Sea of Galilee and to Caesarea Philippi and to Masada and the Jordan [Read More…]

“NASA Probe Snaps Stunning New Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres”

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nasa-probe-snaps-stunning-new-images-of-dwarf-planet-ceres/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Hail Trump! Hail Our People! Hail Victory!”

    Watch this:   https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlantic/videos/10154823525748487/?pnref=story   And see it it doesn’t recall another speech, one from several years ago:     Die Partei ist Hitler! Hitler aber ist Deutschland, wie Deutschland Hitler ist! Hitler!  Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil!   The Party is Hitler! But Hitler is Germany, as Germany is Hitler! Hitler!  Hail [Read More…]

Remembering Jefferson Davis

    It always jolts me a bit to be driving here in Richmond and to realize that I’m on the Jefferson Davis Highway, named after the first and last president of the Confederate States of America (who had previously served as a congressman and a senator from Mississippi and as United States Secretary of [Read More…]

“Top Ancient Sites for Stargazing”

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/top-ancient-sites-stargazing/   And don’t overlook southern Utah’s own Parowan Gap:   http://www.parowangap.org   http://www.vgarthnorman.com/2008/07/article-1-about-parawan-gap/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

Studying Mormon history leads to the loss of faith?

    Someone shared this little pie chart with me the other day.   Now, there’s no question that some people have lost their faith because of learning things about the history of Mormonism that they didn’t know how to reconcile with belief.  Sometimes true things.  Sometimes incorrect things.   It’s a cute little chart. [Read More…]

“Approaching ‘Silence'”

    My friend and colleague (and former department chair and college dean) Van Gessel was the translator into English of many of the works of the late Japanese Christian novelist Shūsaku Endō (1923-1996), and he has served as a consultant on the new Martin Scorsese film of Endō’s novel Silence.   Silence is one of the most powerful [Read More…]

“Progressives’ Anti-Christian Bigotry Helped Make Trump President”

    An interesting take on our recent presidential election.  (You did notice, didn’t you, that we just had an election?)   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442286/donald-trump-liberals-anti-christian-bigotry-swung-election?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Trending%20Email%20Reoccurring-%20Monday%20to%20Thursday%202016-11-17&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

“In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS”

    People in the West — in what was once called “the Christian world” or “Christendom” — should be paying closer attention to this situation than we seem to be:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/iraq-christianity-peril/index.html   Posted from Atlanta, Georgia     [Read more…]

“How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity”

    I recall a survey of historians (two or three decades back, I think) that ranked Johann Gutenberg as the most influential man in history because of his invention of printing with movable type.  It made books relatively cheap and the dissemination of ideas much easier.  It gave plausibility to William Tyndall’s famous vow: [Read More…]