New Testament 34

Temple in Maryland

  Matthew 4:18-22Mark 1:16-20 In these accounts, Jesus calls Galilean fishermen -- not Sadducean aristocrats or priests or scholarly Pharisees -- to serve as his apostles. I'm reminded of an experience from my undergraduate years.  A philosophy professor of mine went back for some sort of academic conference at Georgetown University right about the time of the open house for the new Washington DC Temple, and returned with a copy of the … [Read more...]

Academic and Devotional Approaches to Scripture

Got it?

  Sigh.  David Bokovoy is again suggesting that I haven't grasped the utterly obvious and simple distinction between academic and devotional approaches to scripture. He appears to estimate my IQ as somewhere in the range of 50-60. I have absolutely no problem with academic approaches to scripture. Let me restate that, for clarity:  I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM WITH ACADEMIC APPROACHES TO SCRIPTURE. I can't think of a time, … [Read more...]

Scientific expertise doesn’t always guarantee clear thinking elsewhere.

St. Paul's from the air

  "In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach."  (W. R. Inge [1860-1954], Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, famous expert on Neoplatonism and Christian mysticism) Compare this.   … [Read more...]

“Expert tracks the top 10 ups and downs of Mormon growth”

First temple in Venezuela

  You may have missed this.  I think it offers some good material for discussion. We shouldn't assume that the Kingdom will roll forth without setbacks and without effort.  I think we may sometimes be much too complacent. That's one of the reasons I keep calling for every faithful member to be an active missionary, online and elsewhere.  The caravan won't move forward without our hard wo … [Read more...]

There are a few Muslims who seem determined to make Islam look evil.

A snow man

  You knew that. But did you also know that there are a few who seem dedicated to making it look ridiculous? Islamic civilization is one of humanity's greatest achievements, creating profound literature, spectacular architecture, and marvelous beauty, as well as giving spiritual comfort and purpose and moral guidance to hundreds and hundreds … [Read more...]

“Have you learned for yourself?”

Samoan sunset on the beach

  More missionary reflections out of Samoa:   … [Read more...]

“Charlie Hebdo and the meaning of freedom”

The courtyard of the Louvre

  Ralph Hancock, a Harvard-trained political philosopher with strong ties to France, changes gears a bit for this thoughtful essay in the Deseret News:   … [Read more...]

“Bosnian Muslims celebrate an Islamic Christmas”

A Bosnian city, with greenery

  As a break from all of the unhappy stories involving Muslims of late, I would like to share this pleasant little item, which was brought to my notice by Scott Pierson:   … [Read more...]