January 10, 2015

    The current (10 January 2015) issue of The Economist includes an interesting report about a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle last week.   The report focuses on the search for earth-like planets.  The Kepler, a 2009 satellite launched by NASA, has thus far discovered (I believe) eight new planets.  Three of these appear to be in the “habitable zones” of their solar systems — that is, sufficiently close to their respective suns for water to… Read more

January 10, 2015

    “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”  (Martin Luther, d. 1546 )     Read more

January 10, 2015

    I was, and I remain, indignant at the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo.  It was a criminal outrage.  An obscenity.   I’m moved by the defiant statement attributed to the magazine’s publisher, Stephane Charbonnier, who, with others of his colleagues, was murdered earlier this week: “I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”  (The statement actually goes back at least to Emiliano Zapata, and maybe even to the classical Greek playwright Euripides.)   I believe in… Read more

January 10, 2015

    John 4:4-42   1.   Why did Jesus need to travel through Samaria in order to reach the Galilee from Judea (4:4)?  If, as I’ve been saying, he was baptizing at the Jordan River somewhere not too far from Jericho and the northern end of the Dead Sea, couldn’t he simply have traveled northward up the Jordan Valley, and reached Galilee (or, more specifically, the Sea of Galilee) that way?  Why did he need to climb up to… Read more

January 10, 2015

    Another interesting Deseret News article from Taylor Halverson:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619298/Evidences-for-the-Book-of-Mormon-Nephi-the-scribe.html     Read more

January 10, 2015

    No doubt some of you have seen the disturbing video of a wounded Paris policeman lying in pain on the sidewalk.  He had, it seems, been shot during the initial attack by the Kouachi brothers on the offices of Charlie Hebdo.  When one of the brothers trots over toward him, he raises his hands defensively and appeals for his life.  But the gunman casually shoots him in the head just before leaving the scene in a waiting car…. Read more

January 9, 2015

    The latest bi-weekly Hamblin-Peterson column has been posted at the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619301/What-is-scripture.html   Your long, desperate wait is over.   (For the humor-impaired, please imagine a smiley face or an “LOL” here.)     Read more

January 9, 2015

    He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, still dead.   There’s wisdom in considering that fact.   However, continuing on the theme of death, here’s something funny.  If you haven’t seen it, you’ll like it.  If you have seen it, you’ll probably still find it funny:   https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=674335039330565&set=vb.176854042412003&type=2&theater     Read more

January 9, 2015

    This is pretty striking:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/nasrallah-cartoons_n_6443530.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000014   And, for those who wonder:  Yes, it was said in Arabic.  To Arabs.  In the Middle East.   (Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for pointing me to this.)     Read more

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