March 25, 2019

    A few days ago, I posted a blog entry entitled “San Antonio and the rise of anti-religious tyranny in the United States.”   That topic reminded me of a passage on the very first page of the late British scholar F. F. Bruce’s classic book New Testament History:   “Roman law set its face against Christianity, so that a man was liable to suffer ‘as a Christian’ [1 Peter 4:16] without its being necessary to produce evidence of… Read more

March 24, 2019

    Seven years ago, I received the shocking and utterly unexpected news that my brother, Kenneth Dee Walters — strictly speaking, my half-brother — my only sibling, to whom I was very close, had died.   I was devastated.  I still think of him, and miss him, every day.  Literally every day.   I’ve made it my practice, on this blog, to post something about him (typically my hastily composed and inadequate remarks at his funeral in South Pasadena, California)… Read more

March 24, 2019

    Mark 6:6-13 Luke 9:1-6 Compare Matthew 9:35; 10:1, 7-11, 14   This is a fundamental scripture for Latter-day Saints, and represents, really, the beginning of the Christian Church in the Old World.   Still today, the apostleship is fundamental to the organization and authority of the Church.  Not merely in the historical sense common to Christian churches generally, but as a living reality.   The number twelve is probably connected with the twelve tribes of Israel, just as… Read more

March 24, 2019

    You can now listen to or download the 10 March 2019 broadcast of the weekly Interpreter Radio Show.  The hosts for this episode were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen.  They covered “Come Follow Me” Lesson 13 as well as discussing various biblical translations:   https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-march-10-2019/   The 10 March 2019 show will also be included in our podcast feed:  (https://interpreterfoundation.org/feeds/podcast).   ***   If you would like to listen to just the Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come,… Read more

March 24, 2019

    Whereas, in English, we end our prayers with the Hebrew-derived word Amen, Latter-day Saint prayers in Arabic end in the obviously related word Amin (pronounced ah-MEEN) — or, to spell it in the ugly but fairly accurate transliteration system that I’ll be employing in this blog entry, aamiin.   Perhaps some will be interested to learn a bit about the range of meanings, in Arabic, for the root ’mn, which underlies that word amin.   There are two… Read more

March 24, 2019

    I’m reading Susan Easton Black and Larry C. Porter, Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon (Provo: BYU Studies, 2018).  These notes draw upon it:   Those who are familiar with the story of the recovery of the Book of Mormon know that Lucy Harris, the wife of Martin Harris, became an implacable foe of Joseph Smith’s claims and that her objections to her husband’s involvement with the gold plates and their translation ultimately led to… Read more

March 24, 2019

    Over the years, I’ve read a great deal about so-called “near-death experiences” (NDEs), which I find both fascinating and, on the whole, believable.  One of the books that I’ve read is by Dr. Penny Sartori.  While working as a nurse in a British hospital for twenty-one years (seventeen of them in intensive care), she became concerned about modern medical treatment of dying patients and began research that would eventually earn her a Ph.D.  In the course of her studies, she became intrigued… Read more

March 23, 2019

    John 5:1 is so short that I’ll just give you the full text here, in both English and Greek:   “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.”   Μετὰ ταῦτα ἦν ἑορτὴ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ ἀνέβη Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.   I want to concentrate, simply, on the idea of “going up” to Jerusalem.   The city of Jerusalem is situated on a relatively high mountain ridge, with the Mediterranean coast to the… Read more

March 23, 2019

    New, on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Feeding the Multitudes”: A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Lesson 13: “Be Not Afraid”   ***   From the track and field website DyeStat:   “Running on Faith — Inside Casey Clinger’s Two-Year Mission to Japan”   ***   We were out to dinner with a number of valued friends and colleagues tonight — fifteen, in total — all gathered for a tardy celebration of the birthday of Professor Louis… Read more

March 23, 2019

    Back in January 2018, David Grandy, now an emeritus professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University and the author, previously, of books on such topics as Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization (2003), The Speed of Light: Constancy and Cosmos (2009), and Everyday Quantum Reality (2010), dropped off at my office a new, self-published book of his entitled Worlds Without Number: An LDS Perspective on Infinity.   I’ll be down in the San Diego area for several days in April, in connection with… Read more

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