Recommitting to family history and temple service

The first of the small temples

  “‘Prepare as many names for the temple as baptisms you perform in the temple, and help someone else to do the same.”  (Elder Neil L. Andersen, Council of the Twelve Apostles) Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Council of the Twelve, issued a renewed and expanded challenge for family history and temple work yesterday: And … [Read more...]

New Testament 75

Vista House, Washington

  Matthew 7:24-27Compare Luke 6:47-49 The image of the house built upon a rock is a memorable one, and clearly understandable. The fundamental point, obviously, is that we should found our lives upon the truth about God. It can be extended, though, to illustrate (among other things) the idea that, even if your reasoning is otherwise sound, if you're basing your argument on faulty premises it's not going to be very solid or … [Read more...]

“How one stupid tweet ruined Justine Sacco’s life”

A mob with pitchforks and torches

  Barbara and ER Roberts shared this New York Times link with me, presumably because they're aware that I've had considerable experience myself -- quite continuously over many years, though on a much smaller scale -- with the sort of online mobbing, the malicious and anonymous bullying, that it describes: I'm a regular topic of … [Read more...]

England’s leading rabbi, on religion and science

The former UK chief rabbi

  "Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean." Lord Jonathan Sacks    … [Read more...]

More on “Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents”

Those who deviate are dunces.

  I posted an item yesterday regarding a paper entitled "Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition." Here's an accessible summary of the thesis of the paper:  I've been told by an anonymous supporter of gay marriage that the paper is riddled with methodological errors and incompetence so obvious that zealous advocates of gay … [Read more...]

Do you think you’re too ordinary to be great?

Carver, G. W.

  "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." George Washington Carver (1864-1943)    … [Read more...]

New Testament 74

Eine Aussicht vom Ort wo die Bergpredigt gepredigt worden ist

  Matthew 7:21-23Compare Luke 6:46; 13:25-27 I believe that I've said it before, but, even if I have, I'll say it here again: A reader would be extremely hard-pressed to construct a case for the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, without works, from the four New Testament gospels (which is to say, from the recorded teachings of Jesus himself). This passage is an illustration of why that would be so difficult, if, indeed, not … [Read more...]

“Emotional Problems among Children with Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition”

CUA campus in DC Some will, I'm sure, now feel an imperative need to pronounce Donald Paul Sullins a hate-filled and incompetent pseudo-scholar, despite his apparently impeccable academic credentials.  (Some will also feel duty-bound to denounce me along similar lines, of course, for the sheer act of posting this link.  But that's scarcely news.) Dr. Sullins is also, curiously enough, a married Catholic pr … [Read more...]