Okay lecture, good food, and a supremely important family event

The restaurant's sign

  A rather good day. This afternoon, I delivered my first of four BYU Education Week lectures on historical arguments for the resurrection of Christ.  Today's lecture, "The Witness of the Gospels," went okay.  I wasn't overly pleased with it; this particular lecture is, by a considerable distance, the most complex, and, as it turned out, I had far more material than I could cram into roughly fifty minutes. Afterwards, though, my wife and I went to a … [Read more...]

“Share Goodness”

temple in Venezuela

  Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has just delivered what, to my mind, was a remarkable summons to members of the Church to use social media in an effort to share the restored Gospel worldwide. He also included some practical suggestions and announced certain resources that are, right now, available from the Church for this purpose. His remarks can be viewed … [Read more...]

“Inside the Brilliant Mind of Hugh Nibley”

A pivotal influence on me

  I don't always agree with him, but he was and still is invariably stimulating, and he was unquestionably a genius.  And, for what it's worth, a pivotal influence on my life: http://www.ldsliving.com/story/76468-inside-the-brilliant-mind-of-hugh-nibley?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=related&utm_content=rel2140819   … [Read more...]

“Wilford Woodruff’s Vision of the Founding Fathers”

Oldest temple in Utah

  Cassandra Showell Hedelius and Tanya Spackman have brought this instructive and relatively brief article to my attention: http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2013/10/22/historical-news-flash-wilford-woodruffs-vision-of-the-founding-fathers/ For those who might be interested in pursuing this topic further, John Gee tells me that there are a couple of articles in BYU Studies, by Professor Richard Bennett, that deal with the subject, and that it's also … [Read more...]

Man sees his family for the first time in 27 years

It's a fact I'm a quack

  The wonders of modern medicine! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzV2tHk50Qw   … [Read more...]

A third forthcoming book from The Interpreter Foundation

Temple Insights

  About which I will make no comments that will offend or bore anybody: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/books/temple-insights/   … [Read more...]

Against “rejoicing in iniquity”

One of my favorite scenes

  There are a couple of people on the web who maintain files, privately (for occasional public use) and publicly, on my various acts of cruelty, greed, misogyny, racism, irrational silliness, insensitivity, mean-spiritedness, bigotry, slander, libel, threatened violence, dishonesty, fanaticism, hypocrisy, and so forth. They relish their self-assigned task, and plainly delight in continually taking my deeds and utterances -- including, not uncommonly, fictional d … [Read more...]

“God reveals his secrets to his prophets”

The prophet Amos

  Even amidst the death throes of the thoroughly unproductive and essentially comatose Interpreter Foundation, Bryce Haymond continues to amaze. Although I'm only now posting a link to this, the eighty-fifth (85th) scripture roundtable posted by the Foundation, Bryce actually put it up last night -- within an hour or two of its … [Read more...]