On certain Church callings as luxurious ego trips to foreign locales

    It was announced a few weeks ago that British-born Michael Otterson, who is retiring after having served for many years as director of Public Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been called to preside over the London England Temple.   I saw a few posts from critics describing this new [Read More…]

“Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims”

    This is a very good step, I think:   Meet Jewish America’s first ambassador to Muslims   Given his background, Ambassador Silverman will have a very realistic view of things and is unlikely to be handicapped by any major illusions about what can be done and how easily it can be accomplished.  (Academics [Read More…]

“Abba, Father”

    “Abba is not Hebrew, the language of liturgy, but Aramaic, the language of home and everyday life . . .  We need to be wary of the suggestion . . .  that the correct translation of Abba is ‘Daddy.’  Abba is the intimate word of a family circle where that obedient reverence was [Read More…]

“Church Responds to Coverage of BYU Sexual Assault Issue”

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormonism-news-getting-it-right-may-19-2016   This matter has been much in the news of late, and a not insubstantial portion of the journalistic coverage has been — can you imagine? — unjust and sensationalistic.   Three quick personal comments:   1.   Rape is a terrible thing.  Let me say that right up front, so that I’m not misunderstood [Read More…]

“2 Samuel 24:11, Missing Books, and the Word of God Equals the Bible Argument”

    The indefatigable Robert Boylan takes precise aim at two arguments often deployed by Evangelical Protestants against the claims of the Restoration:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com/2016/05/2-sam-2411-missing-books-and-word-of.html     [Read more…]

“A Latter-day Look at Islam”

    I was pleased, upon returning home, to see that a box of CDs bearing the title A Latter-day Look at Islam had arrived while we were gone:   https://deseretbook.com/p/cd-latter-day-look-at-islam?variant_id=136007-cd   Approximately 90 minutes long, the jacket says.   I haven’t listened to what’s on them, and probably won’t.  (The thought doesn’t attract me [Read More…]

Thoughts on the matter of the Egyptair crash

    I’m not surprised that there have been no claims of responsibility for the tragedy.   Perhaps, of course, it wasn’t caused by a terrorist attack.   But I’m still not surprised, even if it was.   In Israel/Palestine, by and large, terrorists haven’t targeted tourists.  I can think of only one tourist death [Read More…]

Have you ever done this? I have. I did it just today, in fact.

    Have you ever called one of your children by the name of another?  Have you ever called your son or daughter by your dog’s name?   How about by your cat’s name?   Wonder what’s going on?  Worry that you’re going senile?   Here’s an interesting (and brief) article on the subject, based [Read More…]

“Solar Project Pairs Muslims and Jews to Aid West Bank Farmers”

    I like the idea of this project very, very much, and hope that there can be more such collaborations:     Posted from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina     [Read more…]

Liberty, conjoined with mere selfishness

    The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men. Senator John [Read More…]