On dealing with opposition

Kitschy Rumi portrait

  On the proper response to obstacles, opposition, setbacks, problems, and difficulties: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”  (Jalal al-Din Rumi, d. AD 1273)     … [Read more...]

“Christmas is about a Baby”

The Interpreter banner or logo

  Two or three months ago, the leadership of The Interpreter Foundation decided that it would be a nice tradition to publish a special (and relatively short) Christmas piece on the Friday prior to the holiday, or, should Christmas fall on a Friday, that very day. Here's our Christmas article for 2014: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/   … [Read more...]

“What good are prophetic voices that maintain total silence on the most pressing moral matters of our time?”

Church and state

  In a thought-provoking article posted yesterday on her blog, Flunking Sainthood, Jana Riess raises a very interesting issue: When our general leaders combine an intense focus on young women’s shoulders with near-silence on war, torture, racially-motivated violence on the part of police, and crimes against humanity, we should understand that as a problem. As the author of one of last week’s blog posts argues, “What good are prophetic voices that maintain total … [Read more...]

New Testament 6

Honthorst's David

  Matthew 1:2-17Luke 3:23-38 The standard explanation for the seeming discrepancies in the genealogy of Jesus as given in Matthew and Luke is that Matthew's genealogy emphasizes Christ's royal lineage, whereas Luke (a physician, according to tradition) emphasizes his biological line.  Note, too, that, whereas the Hebrew Matthew takes Christ's genealogy back to Abraham, the Gentile Luke goes back to Adam, the common father of all h … [Read more...]

“Prophet’s birthday fits with the season”

JS Memorial in Vermont

  This is the column that I published back in 2010 in connection with Joseph Smith's 23 December birthday: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705386905/Prophets-birthday-fits-with-season.html   … [Read more...]

Fortunately, the White Witch hasn’t turned up here, yet.

A quote from the Chronicles of Narnia

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“A nearby solar system shares features with our own”

Roughly twelve light-years away

  The current issue of Scientific American includes a brief article, entitled "The Dust Belt Next Door," about the star Tau Ceti, which is located just twelve light-years from Earth. It has been suggested -- though resolution has literally not yet been achieved on this question -- that Tau Ceti has five planets in orbit around it, all of them slightly larger than the earth and all of them closer to the star than Mars is to our sun.  One of them, it seems, may … [Read more...]

Joseph Smith: The Cambridge Years

Near King's College, Cambridge

  Bill Hamblin and I have used this imaginary book or article title for years, and Bill has just published a nice little blog entry using it: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2014/12/18/joseph-smith-the-cambridge-years/   … [Read more...]