Monthly Archives: April 2006

Out of Africa

April 30, 2006 | 8 comments

Nathan (enters, stage left): “Tell Simon that America is part of Texas!” Read more »

Over Two Million

April 27, 2006 | 53 comments

Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “as of December 31, 2004, there were 2,267,787 people behind bars in the United States.” Read more »

Arguments and Authority

April 26, 2006 | 141 comments

The March 2006 issue of The New Era features an article on the Lord’s prayer, wherein we can read the following: Read more »

Spring Has Brought Us Such a Nice Surprise!

April 25, 2006 | one comment

Check out the new online Mormon-themed narrative arts magazine at Read more »

“There is nobody against this—nobody, nobody, nobody, but a bunch of mothers!”

April 25, 2006 | 85 comments

Jane Jacobs passed away today in Toronto. She was 89 years old. Read more »

The Puzzle of Blasphemy

April 25, 2006 | 37 comments

In one of its fitful bursts of faux-oracular prose, the Supreme Court once declared that the U.S. Constitution knows no blasphemy. Read more »

The Rhetorical Burden of Authority

April 23, 2006 | 76 comments

Authority is a key concept in Mormonism. Read more »

A Primary Primer

April 23, 2006 | 30 comments

I haven’t been in Primary very long, but it has been long enough to notice this: most adults could benefit from a few simple ideas that will make them much, much better at teaching a group of children. Read more »

Earth Day and the Church

April 22, 2006 | 59 comments

Today is Earth Day. A number of denominations have given their support to environmental issues, encouraging their members to be sensitive to the protection of the environment. This not only pertains to the major (and controversial) topic of climate change and global warming, but to all the small things people can do daily to save energy, sort waste, recycle, be attentive to what we purchase… Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #17

April 21, 2006 | 42 comments

Lesson 17: Deuteronomy 6; 8; 11; 32: 1-4, 15-18, 30-40, 45-47 Read more »

Puritanism without Calvinism

April 21, 2006 | 59 comments

Three of the best books that I have ever read on Mormonism are not about Mormonism at all: Read more »

The KJV: A Sealed Book?

April 20, 2006 | 146 comments

I’ve been teaching the second half of the Old Testament in Institute this semester. The KJV is a terrible obstacle to understanding the scriptures. Read more »

The Vicar’s Garden in the Global South

April 20, 2006 | 30 comments

This week’s New Yorker features an interesting article by Peter Boyer on the crisis facing the Episcopalian Church in the United States after a New Hampshire diocese elected the openly-gay Gene Robinson as bishop. (This post, by the way, is not principally about gay issues.) Read more »

The organ

April 19, 2006 | 13 comments

It was a historic day for our tiny Flemish branch when we replaced the old harmonium with a new electric organ. Nothing could better symbolize our progress, lift the morale of our handful of members, and prepare the way to convert the whole city. Read more »

When do you blog, and why?

April 19, 2006 | 52 comments

I blog most on Tuesdays. Read more »

In Defense of Janice Kapp Perry

April 18, 2006 | 123 comments

I have often heard or read conversations that go something like this: Read more »

Correlation Gone Mad!

April 18, 2006 | 52 comments

BCC is hosting an all-star panel of academics on questions relating to correlation. Talking about correlation reminds me of a time from our history when doctrinal correlation efforts were incredibly restrictive. Read more »

An Interview with Valerie Hudson

April 17, 2006 | 12 comments

BYU Political Science professor Valerie Hudson has been in the news lately as a result of her new book, Bare Branches. Read more »

What’s the Mormon-est Surname?

April 17, 2006 | 58 comments

A while back I stumbled upon this website that allows you to map the prevalence of a given surname, by state, in the United States for the years 1850, 1890, 1920, and 1990. Read more »

A Mother in Heaven Sighting

April 17, 2006 | 58 comments

Mother in Heaven recently made a cameo appearance in correlated materials. Read more »

He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing

April 16, 2006 | 5 comments

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! Read more »

From the Archives: The Silver Ring

April 16, 2006 | no comments

This Easter, I have a story to tell, a story about the Atonement. (more . . . ) Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #16

April 15, 2006 | 26 comments

Lesson 16: Numbers 22-24; 31:1-16* Read more »

Agreeing to Disagree

April 14, 2006 | 66 comments

Robert Aumann, a winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Economics, once published a paper in The Annals of Statistics titled “Agreeing to Disagree.” The basic idea of the paper is that two rational people should, by sharing their beliefs with each other, come to a common understanding about what is likely to be true. Read more »

Mormon Studies at Claremont

April 14, 2006 | 185 comments

The LDS Council for Mormon Studies, which has been involved with the creation of a chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, has issued the following press release: Read more »

Sitting Down Together

April 13, 2006 | 3 comments

The night before he was killed, Jesus ate the passover with his disciples. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Sweaters for the Penguins

April 13, 2006 | 6 comments
A Mormon Image: Sweaters for the Penguins

This image was too good not to revive the Mormon Images feature of blessed memory. Read more »

I don’t know why you say goodbye

April 13, 2006 | 16 comments

We give many thanks and a fond farewell to both John Fowles and John Payne. We were happy to have them around and enjoyed their posts. In an effort to keep up our streak of powerful yet ubiquitous names, we welcome Ed Johnson as a guest blogger. Read more »

Jews and Mormons

April 13, 2006 | 99 comments

In some way, Jews and Mormons seem to be kin culturally, whatever the doctrine about our kinship. Read more »

The Inadequacy of Our Missionaries

April 12, 2006 | 48 comments

With all the talk about missionaries around here lately, I have again pondered on something that concerned me both while a missionary and afterwards, teaching in the MTC and more generally as a non-full-time-missionary member of the Church. It is about the sheer inadequacy of our missionaries. Read more »

Marketing the Church

April 12, 2006 | 24 comments

Over on Conglomerate, Elizabeth Brown links to an article about the “Scum of the Earth Church” as an example of niche marketing. Read more »