“Laura Hales: why I write about polygamy”

the rebuilt Nauvoo temple, from the front

  Brian and Laura Hales are doing wonderful work in an area that often generates much more heat, anguish, doubt, cynicism, sensationalism, distortion, leering, anger, and darkness than light: http://www.millennialstar.org/laura-hales-why-i-write-about-polygamy/   … [Read more...]

Ronald Reagan tells a joke about Democrats

Official 1985 portrait of RR

  I miss Ronald Reagan. My long-time friend Stephen Ricks called this short little video to my attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK3Eo9cScEQ   … [Read more...]

“A modern airport and a very ancient history”

Ben Gurion airport

  Today's installment of the bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News column is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865626701/A-modern-airport-and-a-very-ancient-history.html Those who've been to Israel, or who hope to go to Israel, might find it of particular interest.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 137

Decapolis map

   Matthew 8:28-34Mark 5:1-20Luke 8:26-39 Did this incident, reported in all three of the synoptic gospels, occur in Gadara, Gerasa, or Gergesa?  Were there two demoniacs, or was there only one? The various accounts of Joseph Smith's First Vision typically speak of a visitation of the Father and the Son, but one speaks only of an appearance of the Son (which, it's important to note, isn't saying that the Father didn't appear, or … [Read more...]

“The Mormon Bonhoeffer”

Bonhoeffer, Rev. Dr. Dietrich

  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/04/the-mormon-bonhoeffer/ I too was somewhat surprised and quite pleased to hear Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles quote Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer in April Conference. I doubt that very many Latter-day Saints are going to be put off by Rev. Dr. Bonhoeffer's evident affection for his friend and former student Eberhard Bethge.  For one thing, we're not the hateful … [Read more...]

“Religion poisons everything!” (7)

Wayfarers Chapel interior

  If Christopher Hitchens is to be believed, religion "poisoned" this little architectural gem overlooking the sea from the cliffs of southern California.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 136

Rembrandt Galilee storm

  Matthew 8:23-27Mark 4:35-41Luke 8:22-25Compare Matthew 8:18 One of the most memorable stories in the gospels. "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" Indeed. Jesus shows in this episode that he possesses the powers that had once been ascribed to the ancient storm god Ba‘al, who had been such a temptation to the ancient Israelites but was now defunct and essentially fo … [Read more...]

Seeing is believing?

McLuhan at Cambridge

  I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.  (Marshall McLuhan)   … [Read more...]