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What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

September 9, 2013
What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Freedom, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, Violence | 14 Comments »

Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

June 10, 2013
Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

The History Channel just produced one of the most successful series dealing with the Bible in a few decades.  I heard so much good about it that I decided to purchase the entire series on iTunes, having never seen the series at all.  I’ve had occasion to watch the first 2 episodes and wanted to […]

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Posted in History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Violence | 1 Comment »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

Symbolism of the Passover Points to Jesus Christ

March 29, 2013
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The traditional Jewish celebration of the Passover, which started Monday night, can illustrate the rich symbolism found in the Old Testament and show how the symbolism of the Passover points directly to Jesus Christ.  Please note that the original Passover observance is described in Exodus, chapters twelve and thirteen.  The modern Seder evolved from this […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief | 3 Comments »

The Plan of Asherah

January 22, 2013
The Plan of Asherah

Quite some time ago I read Kevin Barney’s excellent article he wrote for Dialogue:  “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven Without Getting Excommunicated.”  One of his references was a book by archaeologist, William Dever, called “Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” which I just finished reading.  The gist of the […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, General Conference, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

August 18, 2012
Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

I have been personally (and later professionally) interested in the extent to which mathematics could help forecast historical trends ever since I read the fiction of Isaac Asimov way back in the 1960′s. When I shared my first office at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with a staff meteorologist working on air quality dispersion […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Israel, Morality, Science and Religion, Violence | 17 Comments »

What is Obama’s Plan C?

December 24, 2011
What is Obama’s Plan C?

Plan A was to have the economy humming by now and see Obama cruise to re-election on the success of Keynesian counter-cyclical stimulus. Hope and change would have proven itself superior to the failed policies of the Republican past and the country would eagerly follow Obama into yet more “transformational” policies in his second term. […]

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Posted in economics, History, Holy Land, Israel, Politics, Violence | 42 Comments »

Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

September 23, 2011
Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

I was listening to the radio yesterday and the topic of Israel was being discussed.  President Obama made a speech the other day to the United Nations defending Israel and warning against the official recognition of a Palestinian State prior to the negotiation of a real peace between the two peoples. President Obama eloquently stated […]

Posted in America, Church Policy, Freedom, History, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Politics | 60 Comments »

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