“A rich buffet of faith-building presentations”

The FairMormon logo

  Coming up next week! http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865633482/A-rich-buffet-of-faith-building-presentations.html For detailed information on the conference and how to register for it, see here.  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“My Theory of the Church’s Statement on the Change in BSA Policy”

Along the John Muir Trail: Thousand Island Lake

  My former student Nate Oman trains his law-professorial eye on the recently publicized crisis in the relationship between the Boy Scouts and the Church: http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2015/07/my-theory-of-the-churchs-statement-on-the-change-in-bsa-policy/  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia  … [Read more...]

Tabgha arsonists arrested

Shankbone Tabgha Multiplication

   Some of you, I know, have been to the Church of the Multiplication -- full name: The Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes -- at Tabgha, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.  And you may know that it was seriously damaged a few weeks ago, along with some of the other buildings in the complex, by an arson fire. I bought a book in the now-badly-burned gift shop there back in May.  Apparently, many if not all of the books that I … [Read more...]

New Testament 221

Mr. Rembrandt, illustrating the story of the Prodigal Son

  Luke 15:11-32 This is, of course, one of the great parables in the New Testament, and, if I may say so, one of the great stories in all of literature. It has at least two themes: 1)  It illustrates the mercy, forgiveness, and love of the father/Father. 2)  It warns against smug self-righteousness and self-centeredness am;one those who're trying to be disciples. It would be important for either of t … [Read more...]

From a Catholic philosopher

Barnard 33, the "Horsehead Nebula"

  "Studying Mormonism has made me a better Christian, which is why I am eternally grateful for the teachings of Joseph Smith as well as all those scholars, church leaders, and everyday believers who have labored to maintain those teachings as a living tradition. . . .  BYU is a thriving, Christ-centered, and intellectually exciting place and should serve as a model for how Christianity and the academy can be productively integrated."Stephen H. Webb, Mormon Christianity: … [Read more...]


Andromeda, the galaxy

  I've been reading Richard Panek's The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality. It's very good. I thought I might share a few numbers from page 36 of the book, simply because I thought them stunning: It turns out that everything within galaxies is moving, and that, throughout the universe, all galaxies are themselves in motion. Every two minutes, the Earth moves 2500 miles in … [Read more...]

Should Christians pray for Islamist terrorists?

Bobak Ha‘Eri image of Empress Hotel

  Yes. http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/july/3-things-christians-should-consider-in-light-of-radical-isl.html  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

New Testament 219-220

Rocky Mountain sheep

  Luke 15:1-10Compare Matthew 18:12-14 There are at least three points to be drawn from these brief passages: 1)  The Lord really, really values the souls of individual people; there is nobody, not even the most unrighteous, for whom he has no concern.  (This works powerfully, I think, against certain Calvinistic suggestions that he essentially created some people for the purpose of damning them.) 2)  Christians aren't supposed to i … [Read more...]