New Testament 86-88

Capernaum is among my favorite sites in Israel

  Matthew 8:14-17Mark 1:29-34Luke 4:38-41; 7:11-17 Only Luke recounts the story of Jesus raising the son of the widow of Nain from death. But all three of the synoptic gospels mention the healing of Peter's mother-in-law (πενθερά). It's striking that the first pope, as he's often regarded, had a mother-in-law.  That fact rather suggests, unless I'm missing something, that he was married. The traditional site of the … [Read more...]

“Prophets and presidents: 11 noteworthy connections between the LDS Church and the White House”

A semi-aerial view of the White House

  For those who may have missed this piece: It's really quite interesting, and provides several surprising "Gee whiz!" moments.   … [Read more...]

“Southern Virginia University to work on policy after gay student’s complaint”

SVU's home town

  I found this story (which was brought to my notice by Cassandra Hedelius) particularly interesting, in view of the fact that I've known Dr. Madison Sowell since just before our freshman year at Brigham Young University. I agree with Cassandra Hedelius's comment on the matter (she's a lawyer):   … [Read more...]

“When ‘Penthouse’ Magazine Came Calling”

Fuller campus, Pasadena

  An amusing story from a prominent Evangelical thinker whom I know slightly and respect greatly:   … [Read more...]

Love your enemies!

Irrelevant, but nice.

  These guys were almost as mean-spirited as I'm reputed to be: "He would make a lovely corpse."- Charles Dickens (1812-1870) "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."- Irvin S. Cobb "I worship the quicksand he walks in."- Art Buchwald "I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."- Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) And, … [Read more...]

A brief interview with two missionaries, recently held captive in New Mexico

First temple in New Mexico   … [Read more...]

“Circle of Life”

Exoplanet, red, with blue sun

  If there's life elsewhere in the galaxy, or elsewhere in the universe, a recent study by Mary Anne Limbach and Edwin L. Turner of Princeton University suggests that it will occur in solar systems with a relatively high number of planets following roughly circular orbits. The necessity of circular or nearly-circular orbits is fairly obvious:  If a planet periodically came too close to its sun and then veered away too far into space, its temperatures would vary … [Read more...]

New Testament 85

Capernaum from the lake

  Matthew 8:5-13Luke 7:1-10John 4:46-54Compare Mark 2:1; 7:30 The harmony that I'm using as the basis of this exercise -- Kurt Aland, ed., Synopsis of the Four Gospels: Greek-Gnglish Edition of the Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum (14th ed.) -- plainly believes that the incident recounted in John 4 is the same as that described in Matthew 8 and Luke 7.  It may be, but I'm not so sure. In any event, I've always found the centurion's … [Read more...]