Just a reminder of several Mormon-oriented blogs by people whom I like:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/   https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.ie   They’ve each added one or more entries since last I mentioned them.   And don’t forget this one, either, from another friend:   http://etherscave.blogspot.com   I’m sure that I’ve forgotten several worthy blogs that I know and like, but these are probably enough for the moment.     Read more

    Apart from the gratuitous silliness of trying to blame the United States for ISIS, this is an article worth reading:   http://www.infowars.com/islamic-state-continues-destruction-of-antiquities-in-iraq/   See this earlier item, as well:   http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/27400/isis-planning-to-destroy-ancient-walls-of-nineveh-middle-east/#ROGefWpF1mDdqheE.97   It’s good to know that the depravity of ISIS isn’t limited merely to the mass murder of innocent people.     Read more

    How to explain the difference between involvement and commitment?   Think of a breakfast of ham and eggs.   The chicken is “involved.”  The pig is “committed.”     Read more

    Matthew 7:28-29 Compare Mark 1:21-22; Luke 4:32; 7:1; John 7:46   His audience’s perception that Jesus “taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes,” has always struck me powerfully.   And it’s clear that he does precisely that.   When he performs a miracle, he doesn’t perform it “in the name of” someone else — that is, by borrowed authority.  His authority is innate.  It’s his.  When he goes up onto the mount, it’s to proclaim his law –… Read more

    A lengthy but extremely interesting perspective from The Atlantic:   http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/     Read more

    Exploring the Complexities in the English Language of the Book of Mormon   On Saturday, March 14, a conference will be held in 251 Tanner Building on the BYU Campus to report and discuss the latest investigations into a wide range of linguistic elements in the Book of Mormon, including expressions that do not appear to have been in use in the nineteenth century. As a result of twenty-seven years of investigations by Royal Skousen into the original English-language… Read more

    I’ll be there, in sha’a Allah, speaking on Mormon-Muslim relations:   http://www.iahr.dk/erfurt2015.php     Read more

    Some, disgruntled at the recent excommunications of people who (we’re told) were simply asking honest questions and seeking to make things better and more loving, have been rumbling about the need for different flavors of Mormonism, and halfway predicting, halfway hoping for, the splintering of the Church along the lines of Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, and Humanistic Judaism(s).   Nathaniel Hancock calls my attention to one recent discussion of such speculations:   http://www.wheatandtares.org/16211/the-reform-lds-church-i-doubt-it/   I really don’t see the… Read more

        I posted an item the other day about an article reporting sociological research that seems to suggest that same-sex parenting may not be the optimal arrangement for children.   I predicted that the author of the study would be denounced as an utter incompetent for daring to dissent from Received Orthodoxy on the matter, and my prediction was instantly fulfilled by several responses to my very post.  I wasn’t surprised.  I had expected it.  Rhetorical total… Read more

      This is an interesting story, and a gratifying one.  I’m not at all displeased that, at this great moment in human history, time was taken to think of God, the Creator:   http://blessings.buzz/2015/01/11/the-communion-taken-on-the-moon-that-nasa-kept-a-secret/   Thanks to Charles Steinman for bringing the account to my notice.     Read more

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