February 24, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    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

February 23, 2015

    I’ve heard various numbers about unequal pay for women who do equal work.  Sometimes I’m told that women are paid $0.72 for each $1.00 paid to men.  Sometimes the figure that’s given is  $0.77.   This gross injustice toward women has rightly drawn attention from our intellectual elite.   Perhaps Hollywood should lead out on the topic!   And a Hillary Clinton presidency will definitely bring equality for women.   But this isn’t only a criminal injustice against… Read more

February 23, 2015

    Although Gary Lawrence’s article doesn’t mention this issue at all, I’ve been repeatedly told that I’m on “the wrong side of history” with regard to the redefinition of marriage.   http://ldsmag.com/the-arc-of-history-the-worship-of-a-false-god/   I find the whole notion of “the wrong side of history” — or of “the right side,” for that matter — problematic and pretty much inscrutable.   Would I have been on the wrong side of history if I had opposed Nazism in 1932 Germany?  Would… Read more

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