“Prepare ye the way of the Lord”

John and Jesus in the Jordan near Jericho to the east of Jerusalem in Judea

  The Interpreter Foundation -- which, I'm once again reliably informed by anonymous message board authorities, is desperate and at death's door, and perhaps about to be ordered to close down by the Brethren (either just before or just after my impending disciplinary council for insubordination), and etc., and so forth, and blah blah wishful thinking blah -- has now posted its one-hundred-and-second (102nd) scripture … [Read more...]

Once more, on that review by Ben Park

From Luke's gospel

  Ben Park has offered a public statement on the controversy that ensued in the wake of a blog post of mine and several quite independent posts by Bill Hamblin on his blog.  I had raised concerns about a recent review that Dr. Park wrote for the Maxwell Institute: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2014/12/from-benjamin-park-a-statement-regarding-a-recent-review-essay/ I appreciate the clarification, and I wish him well. His sta … [Read more...]

New Testament 1

In the beginning was the Word

  I've long been planning, in honor both of Christmas and of the forthcoming 2015 Gospel Doctrine curriculum, to switch my focus for a time from the Book of Mormon to the New Testament.  I'll take it slowly and in small snippets, and I plan to go through all four gospels and the book of Acts, so it will be several months before I return to complete the Book of Mormon. I won't be doing the gospels one by one, but, rather, in "harmony," using as the basis for my d … [Read more...]

The ox in the stable

Lewis and the ox in Bethlehem

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“Unto you is born . . a Saviour”

A late-nineteenth-century tapestry

  John Gee, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Matthew 2 and Luke 2 in this, the one-hundred-and-first (101st) Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-101-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-3-unto-you-is-born-a-saviour/   … [Read more...]

How does the Light enter you?

Konya, in Muslim "Rum"

  We tend to make more progress, spiritually, in times of stress, sorrow, opposition, and difficulty than in times of ease.  It's rather like going to the gym, I suppose; exercise with thirty-pound weights builds more strength than does working out with half-pound weights.  Or, as the great thirteenth-century Muslim poet and mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi put it, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” That doesn't mean that we enjoy it. … [Read more...]

“6 biblical stories that Hollywood should make into movies”

Charlton Heston poster

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865617485/6-biblical-stories-that-Hollywood-should-make-into-movies.html?pg=all#BD3HafgTysMJqs2U.01  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“On bracketing the truth”

Not too far from Banff

  The invaluable Greg Smith has posted interesting comments on the concept of "bracketing the truth" in academic discourse: http://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/on-bracketing-the-truth/  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]