May 25, 2024

  I’m falling behind on the photographs that Jeff Bradshaw, one of the Interpreter Foundation’s vice presidents, has been sending to me.  (He is over in Africa, working on the Interpreter Foundation’s Not by Bread Alone film project.)  Here, for example, are some photos that arrived in my inbox fully a week ago under the title of “Warm fellowship and flaming testimonies in the heat of Parakou.”  They are accompanied by Jeff’s comments: “A wonderful finish to a wonderful stay.... Read more

May 24, 2024

  This week, Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship offers the perspective of a non-Latter-day Saint looking in:  “The Eucharist of the Latter-day Saints: The Sacrament in the Broader Christian Context,” written by Robin Douglas Abstract: This paper views the sacrament prayers and rituals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the broader context of Christian eucharistic worship, focusing on how the Latter-day Saint observances both resemble and differ from those of other Christian... Read more

May 23, 2024

  We had hoped to be able to take in a session at the still relatively new Richmond Virginia Temple, but it seems that our schedule — coupled with the cold that I came down with on the flight from Denver to here (I could almost give you the precise minute that it hit me) — won’t permit that.  However, in partial compensation, we were surprised to have a nice, clear view of the temple, albeit a somewhat distant one,... Read more

May 22, 2024

  About nine days ago, I posted a blog entry that was entitled “Contra Calvinism 1.”  If you read it, you’ll be able to judge for yourself whether, as my Malevolent Stalker and his small tribe of fellow warriors have characterized it, the blog entry was “motivated by bigotry, hatred, and revenge,” and whether, as he declares, it is a specimen of my “bigotry unleashed,” a declaration of “open season” on Calvinism and other faiths, and a case of my... Read more

May 21, 2024

  I’ve just finished reading Keith A. Erekson and Matthew J. Grow, “Assuming Stewardship: Notes on the Recent Transfer from Community of Christ,” BYU Studies 63/1 (2024): 4-32.  Their article is a useful and well-illustrated summary account of the properties and the artifacts whose change in ownership was announced on 5 March 2024.  I found their two maps of Kirtland and Nauvoo especially helpful. However, this statement in particular caught my attention: The House of the Lord in Kirtland must... Read more

May 20, 2024

  I have a new article up in Meridian Magazine and I hope that you’ll take a look at it.  In it, I recommend a book that I recently read and that I very much enjoyed:  “How Can We Make Sense of Evolution?: A Latter-day Saint Perspective” Now let me continue on that subject for just a little bit.  Although a few critics on the Peterson Obsession Board maintain that I’m a young-earth creationist who completely rejects evolutionary biology, I’m... Read more

May 19, 2024

  On Thursday night, in company with our core group of filmmakers and two of their wives, my wife and I were able to see a complete version of the forthcoming Interpreter Foundation theatrical film, Six Days in August.  There is still post-production work to be done, of course.  But there were several scenes in the movie that really moved me.  More than once, I felt a profoundly un-Scandinavian tear running down my cheek.  Fortunately, the lights were off. While... Read more

May 18, 2024

  Dr. Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, vice president for special projects at the Interpreter Foundation, is in Africa at the moment in connection with the Foundation’s effort (under the title of Not By Bread Alone) to document some of the stories of the Saints there.  He has kindly been sharing photographs with me from his travels thus far, and I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the faces of our African brothers and sisters.  The photos and the captions... Read more

May 17, 2024

  Just in time for the weekend, two new articles have appeared on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: ““One Drop of Salvation from the House of Majesty”: An Analysis of the Revelation of the Magi and Restoration Scripture,” written by Spencer Kraus Abstract: An early Christian text called the Revelation of the Magi presents itself as a history of the Magi before and after the birth of Jesus Christ. This text offers important insights into how the early Christian... Read more

May 16, 2024

  I’m pleased to report that Jeff Bradshaw and others working on the Interpreter Foundation’s Not by Bread Alone film project are safely landed in Africa, where they have already begun their work. I’m also pleased to note the appearance of a new article on the website of the Interpreter Foundation — which, according to its critics, is ever dying, but which is somehow never able to come to a direct knowledge of clinical death:  “Hugh Nibley Observed:  ““Words, Words,... Read more

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