“How Indiana Jones Actually Changed Archaeology”

    My Deseret News column for last Thursday pointed out that “real archaeology bears little resemblance to an Indiana Jones movie.”   That’s true, of course.   But a new exhibit at the museum of the National Geographic Society in Washington DC  illustrates a few of the connections that do exist between those movies and contemporary archaeology:   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150514-indiana-jones-archaeology-exhibit-national-geographic-museum/     Read more

New Testament 160

      Matthew 16:24-28 Mark 8:34-9:1 Luke 9:23-27 Compare Matthew 10:33, 38-39; Luke 12:9; 14:27; 17:33; John 8:51-52; 12:25; 21:20-23   1.   These passages make it clear that discipleship can and often does require sacrifice.  And I see such examples on a regular basis.   Our long-time neighbors across the street will leave soon to preside over the Norway Oslo Mission.  Accepting this call has already dramatically transformed their lives; they’ve put their house up for sale, and… Read more

Church members should be proud of BYU and its graduates

    I already posted an item on this earlier, but Robert Appleberry has called my attention to a write-up on the same topic from Forbes:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2015/05/13/the-10-colleges-whose-students-almost-always-repay-their-debts/     Read more

Pioneers in Brazil: The 4000 Kilometer Journey from Manaus to the Temple in Sao Paulo

    This is an impressive story of faith and devotion that deserves to be better known.  If you have roughly fifteen minutes, watch the video:   https://history.lds.org/article/manaus-brazil-temple-caravan?lang=eng     Read more

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (24)

    Allen Hansen brought this chilling example of the evil influence of religion to my horrified notice:   http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/this-day-in-jewish-history/.premium-1.656597     Read more

“Be different.”

    “Don’t be like anybody else. Be different. Then you can make a contribution. Otherwise, you just echo something; you’re just a reflection.” Hugh Nibley     Read more

Dissent is unacceptable!

    Under pressure, a professor at Utah State University has removed his name from the list of signatories to an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States with reference to its pending decision on the redefinition of marriage:   http://m.news.hjnews.com/allaccess/usu-professor-removes-name-from-anti-gay-marriage-amicus-brief/article_2b3c0fbc-f9a1-11e4-9535-078ef526bcf8.html?mode=jqm   The brief that he signed opposes such redefinition.   Unless I’m mistaken, analogous amicus briefs have been filed on the other side, as well — that is, in support of redefining marriage.   If… Read more

“U.S. troops kill ISIS leader”

    No, not the supreme leader, the wannabe calph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.   Still, though, this is a fairly big deal:   http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/05/16/newday-starr-us-troops-kill-isis-leader-abu-sayyaf.cnn/video/playlists/top-news-videos/   If the nihilistic death-cult that calls itself the “Islamic State” is to be defeated, it must be economically hobbled.   This raid may be a significant step toward that end, and its apparently skillful execution is a tribute to the competence of the United States military.   Incidentally, for your possible interest and edification:  The nom… Read more

New Testament 159

    Matthew 16:21-23 Mark 8:31-33 Luke 9:22   1.     It’s easy to condescend to the early apostles.  After all, they just didn’t get it.  Right?   I’ve heard such sentiments expressed more times than I can count.   Nevertheless, it’s probably worth remembering, in this context, that they were called to be the Savior’s first disciples and witnesses and that . . . well, we weren’t.   Do we have any reason to believe that we would… Read more

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (23)

    Listen to George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and contemplate the ways in which, if Christopher Hitchens’s claim is true (that “religion poisons everything”), religion poisoned it:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kNGnIKUdMI     Read more

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