Christmas Cheer 19

    Find ten minutes somewhere, sometime, and watch this delightful retelling, in American sign language, of Dr. Seuss’s famous story of the Grinch who stole Christmas:   http://mentalfloss.com/article/60575/little-girls-asl-version-how-grinch-stole-christmas-will-make-your-heart-grow-3-sizes   Early in our recent stay in Orlando, by the way, my wife and I went with friends to a choral Christmas concert (the “Christmas Processional”) at [Read More…]

Music of Christmas 18

    This recording or posting has some drawbacks, but Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of The First Noel is exquisitely beautiful, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs it to perfection:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkEeTJOY96g     [Read more…]

“I am the very model of a biblical philologist”

    Okay.  This one’s been going the rounds in my rather eccentric circles, but I’ve been busy and slow in passing it on.  If you haven’t seen it, though, take a look!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x2SvqhfevE&feature=youtu.be   With no apologies whatever to Gilbert and Sullivan, who, I’m quite sure, would have gotten a kick out of [Read More…]

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord”

    The Interpreter Foundation — which, I’m once again reliably informed by anonymous message board authorities, is desperate and at death’s door, and perhaps about to be ordered to close down by the Brethren (either just before or just after my impending disciplinary council for insubordination), and etc., and so forth, and blah blah wishful [Read More…]

Once more, on that review by Ben Park

    Ben Park has offered a public statement on the controversy that ensued in the wake of a blog post of mine and several quite independent posts by Bill Hamblin on his blog.  I had raised concerns about a recent review that Dr. Park wrote for the Maxwell Institute:   http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2014/12/from-benjamin-park-a-statement-regarding-a-recent-review-essay/   I appreciate the clarification, and [Read More…]

New Testament 1

    I’ve long been planning, in honor both of Christmas and of the forthcoming 2015 Gospel Doctrine curriculum, to switch my focus for a time from the Book of Mormon to the New Testament.  I’ll take it slowly and in small snippets, and I plan to go through all four gospels and the book of [Read More…]

The ox in the stable

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“Unto you is born . . a Saviour”

    John Gee, Cassandra Hedelius, and Martin Tanner discuss Matthew 2 and Luke 2 in this, the one-hundred-and-first (101st) Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-101-new-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-3-unto-you-is-born-a-saviour/     [Read more…]

How does the Light enter you?

    We tend to make more progress, spiritually, in times of stress, sorrow, opposition, and difficulty than in times of ease.  It’s rather like going to the gym, I suppose; exercise with thirty-pound weights builds more strength than does working out with half-pound weights.  Or, as the great thirteenth-century Muslim poet and mystic Jalal al-Din [Read More…]

“6 biblical stories that Hollywood should make into movies”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865617485/6-biblical-stories-that-Hollywood-should-make-into-movies.html?pg=all#BD3HafgTysMJqs2U.01   Posted from Orlando, Florida     [Read more…]