“Violent Extremism and the Value of Interfaith Dialogue”

    An informed and experienced perspective from Dr. Brian Adams, in the Brisbane, Australia, area:   https://medium.com/the-machinery-of-government/violent-extremism-and-the-value-of-interfaith-dialogue-9926b6766d68   For a bit more about Dr. Adams, see here.     Read more

LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM, and no end in sight!

    You may well have seen the acronym LGBT, which stands for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered — in expressions such as the LGBT community.   (I confess to some reservations about the use of the term community in such language, but I’ll let that pass for now.)   However, the odds are that you’re behind the times.  And substantially so.   I’ve actually met people — and I promise that I’m not making this up! — who were unfamiliar… Read more

“The prophecy of this book”

    Virtually every missionary, I expect, has encountered Revelation 22:18-19:   “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of… Read more

“Islamic Scholars Present an Open Letter to ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi”

    http://jonathanturley.org/2015/02/22/islamic-scholars-present-an-open-letter-to-isis-leader-al-baghdadi/   For those who want to see Muslim opposition to ISIS.   (Thanks to Tracy Hall Jr. for bringing this to my notice.)     Read more

Five nice minutes

    It’s just beautiful.  That’s all.  Feel free to take five minutes and watch:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM59vw8KA_s   Lyrics to “The Prayer,” a duet by Céline Dion and Andrea Bocelli:   I pray you’ll be our eyes and watch us where we go. And help us to be wise in times when we don’t know Let this be our prayer when we lose our way Lead us to the place guide us with your grace To a place where we’ll… Read more

One view of “the secret of success”

    “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)     Read more

New Testament 84

    Matthew 8:1-4 Mark 1:40-45 Luke 5:12-16   It’s scarcely surprising that, despite the Savior’s instruction not to talk about what had happened to him, the suddenly-cured leper went out and told everybody.  How could he possibly contain his joy and excitement?  And how could they possibly repress their curiosity?   Miracles were, as I’ve said here before, not a principal purpose of Jesus’ ministry.  He was happy to do them, I’m sure, but people continued to get sick… Read more

“Mormons hand out 2400 copies of the real Book of Mormon outside the musical comedy ‘The Book of Mormon'”

    I absolutely love to see the Church respond this way:   http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/02/mormons_hand_out_2400_copies_o.html   I figure, if we’re going to be the topic of a conversation, that we should try, whenever we can, to join in that conversation.   Being such a topic, for a missionary church, is far better than being ignored.     Read more

“In Defense of Islam”

    A very worthwhile piece by the conservative New York Times writer Ross Douthat:   http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/in-defense-of-islam/?_r=0     Read more

Somehow, she was hired at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Fairly often — for example, in an email that I received today — I’m told that religion and science or rationality are incompatible.   Some scientists don’t appear to have received that memo, though.   I think that, for the fun of it, I’m going to call attention from time to time to examples of religiously-believing scientists.   Here’s one:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Picard     Read more

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