“Treasures in earthen vessels”

Stained glass of Peter's commission

  This week's Thursday column in the Deseret News is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865631794/Treasures-in-earthen-vessels.html  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

“Yes, Gay Marriage Hurts Me Personally”


  Whatever else one may think of him, Matt Walsh is one very brave fellow: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/yes-gay-marriage-hurts-me-personally/ My thanks to Bianca Lisonbee for bringing his essay to my attention.  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

Please don’t forget about ISIS

A firework finale

  There is a horrific evil loose in the world, and it's metastasizing rapidly: 64 soldiers killed in ISIS attack on Egyptian Army's Sinai checkpoints I fear that we may be growing accustomed to such reports, but we shouldn't be: 74 children executed for 'crimes' that include failure to fast There is also unusual concern -- apparently grounded in actual data -- about a possible terror attack of some sort on American soil in … [Read more...]

Three from Dr. Hamblin

Ferry at Balboa

   Professor Jenkins may now actually have retired from the competition, as he earlier said that he was doing.  Or not.  I have no idea.  Anyway, Professor Hamblin continues to post on behalf of truth and light: Hamblin 20:  Centrality of Hermeneutics Hamblin 21:  Maya King-Lists Hamblin 22:  Comments from Gee   Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

New Testament 192

Ancient Israelite lamp

  Luke 11:33Compare Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16 "No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light." There is a tension here.  The Lord repeatedly tells us not to do good works in order to be "seen of men," but we're also told to "let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Are … [Read more...]

Why beaches smell like beaches, and why it matters

The Balboa Peninsula, from the air

  A fascinating little piece on the essential biology of stinky beaches: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/gives-beach-smell-sulfur-making-algae/  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

Thinking of some of my more clever anonymous critics

Philip Sidney, posthumous portrait

  Malice, in its false witness, promotes its tale with so cunning a confusion; so mingles truths with falsehoods, surmises with certainties, causes of no moment with matters capital, that the accused can absolutely neither grant nor deny, plead innocence nor confess guilt. Sir Philip Sidney    … [Read more...]

Does sugar make kids hyper?

Sugar, up close and personal

  What does the scientific data say? http://www.popsci.com/does-sugar-make-kids-hyper  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]