“Does Jeremiah 23:24 pose problems for LDS theology?”

    Robert Boylan, the Interpreter Foundation’s very impressive man in Ireland, looks at an Old Testament passage that has sometimes been deployed as a weapon against Mormonism:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com     [Read more…]

A Thought for the Sabbath

    “Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship.  It is about work stoppage.  It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.” Walter Brueggemann     [Read more…]

New Testament 320

    John 15:1-8   The imagery, in this passage, of vine and branches is inescapably reminiscent of Jacob 5.   For a (large) anthology of very good articles on that astonishing chapter, see The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5 (1994)     [Read more…]

“Does Helaman 13-16 plagiarize ‘View of the Hebrews’?”

    A nice bit of analysis from Stephen Smoot:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2015/11/does-helaman-1316-plagiarize-view-of.html#comment-form     [Read more…]

Music of Christmas 5

    My wife and I went last night with our friends Dan and Tamara Oswald to the Christkindlmarkt at This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.  We washed Wienerschnitzel, Weisswurst, Rotkohl, Spätzle, and cinnamon pretzels down with gespritztem Afpelsaft, and, in the bracing open air, browsed the shops and listened to live Christmas [Read More…]

A note regarding churches in Muslim Egypt

    Many stories out of the Middle East are discouraging, depressing, and painful.   Some, though, are inspiring.  Here’s one that I posted quite a while ago.  It seems important to bring it up again, since I’ve recently encountered (easily refuted) claims that Christian churches aren’t permitted in Muslim countries.  It refers to an [Read More…]

New Testament 319

    John 14:27-31   Apart from noting that Jesus’ declaration that “the Father is greater than I” has substantial theological significance (indicating, for instance, an important distinction between Father and Son), I really can’t see, once again, how I can improve very easily on the text itself, which I offer here — for the [Read More…]

“Little Drummer Boy”

    For the fifth day of the Christmas social campaign “A Savior is Born,” Alex Boyé performs “Little Drummer Boy” differently than you might have heard it before.  Please listen to it to the end:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/alex-boye     [Read more…]

Islamist bullying

    Craig Matteson calls to my notice an example of what I take to be Islamists attempting, in a very rude, aggressive, and uncivil way, to shut down a speech to which they object at Goldsmiths College of the University of London:   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/04/see-how-ex-muslim-handles-muslim-disrupters-during-university-presentation-oh-youre-intimidated-go-to-your-safe-space/   It’s appalling and entirely inappropriate.  The disruptive audience members should [Read More…]

“First worldwide survey of religion and science: No, not all scientists are atheists”

    Some facts that many people know to be true . . . well, they aren’t:   http://phys.org/news/2015-12-worldwide-survey-religion-science-scientists.html   Thanks to Stephen Smoot for alerting me to this article.     [Read more…]