“Top 5 Archaeology Discoveries in the American West in 2015”

    I suspect that most of my readers live in the American West.  It’s easy to imagine exciting archaeological discoveries in, for example, the exotic Middle East.  But the Western United States can provide interesting archaeological material, as well.  And, it seems, did so in 2015:   http://westerndigs.org/top-5-archaeology-discoveries-in-the-american-west-in-2015/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia (where there’s [Read More…]

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New Testament 359

    Matthew 28:16-20 Compare Mark 16:14-18; John 14:23   1.   It’s difficult to imagine that “some doubted” even in the presence of the resurrected Lord.  But the fact of death is so universally well known and so widely understood as definitive, and wishful thinking so generally understood to be a dangerous spur to [Read More…]

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“The Book of Abraham and Unnoticed Assumptions”

    On 7 August 2014, the Mormon Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein addressed that year’s annual FairMormon conference regarding the Book of Abraham.  A transcript of his remarks is accessible online:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/book-abraham-unnoticed-assumptions   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 23

    Here’s another sentimental favorite of mine from German-speaking Europe.  The melody stems from a medieval Latin song, and the German lyrics seem to have been written by a monk in Salzburg, Austria:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M3P8PUTmRM   Joseph, lieber Joseph mein,hilf mir wiegen mein Kindlein.Gott, der wird dein Lohner seinim Himmelreich, der Jungfrau Sohn Maria.Eia! [Read More…]

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Joseph Smith would be 210 years old today

    I’d like to take a pause from the frenzied “Smithmas” festivities that are currently engulfing my family and, no doubt, Mormon families all around the world to remind my LDS readers that today is Joseph Smith’s birthday.   (In my family, thus far, we’ve marked the occasion by eating breakfast and taking the [Read More…]

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“Similarities Between Spanish And Arabic/ الاسبانية والعربية التشابه بين اللغتين”

    A fun little short video (less than two minutes) illustrating some shared vocabulary:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxYrHqw3mJo   The languages are really quite unrelated — one Indo-European and the other Semitic — but there’s been a lot of vocabulary-borrowing.  After all, Arabs occupied substantial portions of the Iberian Peninsula from AD 711 to AD 1492. [Read More…]

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“Peace is Possible: The Christmas Truce of 1914”

    A wonderful, thought-provoking, Christmas-related video, under four minutes in length:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ-JuJZTpVE   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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“This prank presents Bible verses as Qur’an passages to make a smart point”

    An interesting (and not too long) series of brief interviews with the man-on-the-street.   Be advised that there is one f-bomb clearly audible in the original Dutch and visible in the translated subtitles.   Nonetheless, this is an interesting (and revealing) little experiment, worth a quick watch:   http://www.fastcocreate.com/3054407/this-prank-presents-bible-verses-as-quran-passages-to-make-a-smart-point   Posted from Richmond, Virginia [Read More…]

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Dogs

      Here with my two grand dogs, I find my thoughts turning to . . . well, dogs:   “You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” Dave Berry “A dog teaches a [Read More…]

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“A beginner’s guide to ‘Star Wars’ and its characters”

    A helpful primer for those who’ve never seen the earlier films or whose memories of them are dim:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643952/A-beginner7s-guide-to-Star-Wars-and-its-characters.html?pg=all#3w29HVu4PbL8UZSZ.01   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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