“Conversations with Mormon Historians”

  As it has been doing rather often of late, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture posted a second article today:http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/conversations-with-mormon-historians/  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read More...]

“How These Mormon Women Became Some of the Best Cybersecurity Hackers in the U.S.”

  An article about a very interesting honor: http://fortune.com/2016/04/27/mormon-women-cybersecurity/ Good for them!  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read More...]

From the coast to the shore

  A very full day, I think. We were up early, leaving the Tel Aviv/Yafo (= Jaffa or Joppa) area behind.  En route to Caesarea Maritima, I spoke about Peter's vision of the clean and unclean beasts in Joppa and the centurion Cornelius in Caesarea and his acceptance of the gospel.  Then we poked around Caesarea itself -- at Herod's palace, where, decades later, Paul was given a hearing by Agrippa and Festus and appealed to Caesar; at the theater; at the beautiful … [Read More...]

“Shulem, One of the King’s Principal Waiters”

  It's Friday.  So you have no real reason to be surprised at the fact that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published yet another article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/shulem-one-of-the-kings-principal-waiters/  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read More...]

“An agnostic’s argument that Jesus did exist”

  Sitting here on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, I think it appropriate to consider this topic: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765589224/An-agnostics-argument-that-Jesus-did-exist.html  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read More...]

For some reason, this reminded me of some of my internet critics

  Heckling is an act of cowardice. If you want to speak, get up in front of the microphone and speak, don't sit in the dark hiding. It's easy to hide and shout and waste people's time.  Billy ConnollyPosted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read More...]

Crossing over Jordan, Part II

  As I've noted, the Palestinian River Jordan isn't very impressive, physically.  We're in a historical drought, of course, and enormous growth of population and consumption of water for agricultural and culinary use has made that drought even worse.  Still, though, Mark Twain joked that, growing up an occasional church-goer along the Mississippi, he had imagined the Jordan to be fully 18,000 miles wide -- and it was never that, nor anywhere close. And yet it b … [Read More...]

Crossing over Jordan

  Today involved a lot of driving.  A lot.  We hit the road at 5:45 AM, leaving our hotel at Petra.  We had to reach the border crossing between Israel and Jordan by about 10 AM, because that crossing was closing early today.  (It's the tail end of the Passover holiday.) We arrived at the King Hussein Bridge (also famous as the "Allenby Bridge," named after the great British general who figures in Lawrence of Arabia) on time, but things were more than a little c … [Read More...]

“Taking a ‘Leap of Faith’ in Bennett’s book on the origins of the Book of Mormon”

  Today's Deseret News column is about a book that I really liked, and that I intended to write a column about but apparently never did: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865653076/Taking-a-Leap-of-Faith-in-Bennetts-book-on-the-origins-of-the-Book-of-Mormon.html  Posted from Tel Aviv, Israel    … [Read More...]

“The divinity of Christ is absolute”

  Truth be told, I never knew what the title meant that was given by the Deseret News to this late 2012 column: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765617678/The-divinity-of-Christ-is-absolute.html But I stand by the column.  Posted from Tel Aviv, Israel    … [Read More...]