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Another comment on Acts 1:15-26 and the apostleship

1 month 2 weeks ago
    In a post that I put up on Friday, I argued that ἐπισκοπὴν, translated in the King James Bible at Acts 1:20  as “bishoprick” (that is, in modern English, as “bishopric”), could very reasonably be rendered as “stewardship.”  The closely related Greek term episkopos means “overseer” or “superintendent,” so an episkopé is something like […]
Dan Peterson

“Neither shall they learn war any more”

1 month 2 weeks ago
    Nearing the end of the first draft:   There is no such thing, in this terribly complex matter, as “the Lord’s side.” Neither side is without sin, and neither side is without just cause. As a Church, we must attempt to steer a neutral course between the various factions. As Latter-day Saints, we […]
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Fifteen Years Ago, Today

1 month 2 weeks ago
    My father died fifteen years ago today.   I still miss him very much.  I think about him every day.  Certain sights always, invariably, remind me of him.  There are many things that I would like to tell him, many questions that I would like to ask of him.   He was the first […]
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Thinking about what NDEs might mean

1 month 3 weeks ago
    A thought from an uncompleted manuscript:   Near-death experiences, while they do not directly demonstrate the existence of God, strongly seem to suggest that the universe is the kind of place in which it makes abundant sense to believe that God exists. The actress Jane Seymour would surely agree.  She says that her […]
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Delectable Offerings, At No Charge

1 month 3 weeks ago
    But first:  It’s my practice, when I’m running on all cylinders, to do at least a little bit of reading in the Greek New Testament every day.  Here’s an observation on Acts 1:15-26:   15 ¶ And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together […]
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A note on the prophets and the Arab-Israeli conflict

1 month 3 weeks ago
    Moving on down the road:   The scriptures even offer guidance on the troubling problem of how Israel should treat the Palestinians who live under its control. And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you […]
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“Notes Towards the Definition of Culture”

1 month 3 weeks ago
    My most recent Deseret News column went up on Thursday:   “An exceptionally interesting ancient Egyptian papyrus”   ***   Many years ago, I was deeply, deeply impressed by T. S. Eliot’s 1948 essay “Notes Towards the Definition of Culture.”  I really need to dust it off again and write something about it, […]
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Pharaoh Tutankhamen and his sword

1 month 3 weeks ago
    Whenever we’re here, there are certain things that we simply must do.  They’re tradition.  We’ve already knocked a few of them off:  A couple of days ago, for instance, we had brunch with friends at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove.  And, yesterday, with a friend, we went out on a whale-watching cruise from […]
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How should Latter-day Saints view Israel? An initial thought.

1 month 3 weeks ago
    Hurtling toward the close of the first draft:   I have made the statement as my opinion—though I think it is an opinion firmly grounded in the scriptures—that only a partial or preliminary gathering of the Jews has occurred thus far. What practical conclusions can we draw from this, if it is true? […]
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Lux Aeterna

1 month 3 weeks ago
    As I sit watching the last traces of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean, I’ve just been listening to a performance, by Voces8, of Sir Edward Elgar’s Lux Aeterna.  (A friend with an extensive background in choral music as both a director and a performer, including graduate study, called it to my attention.) […]
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Farewell, Justice Kennedy. Hello, Justice Lee?

1 month 3 weeks ago
    The departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court of the United States is big, big, big news.   Whereas Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court promised, at best, to replace the great conservative justice Antonin Scalia with another conservative, thus maintaining the status quo, the replacement of the frequent swing-voter […]
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On the 174th anniversary of his assassination by anti-Mormons

1 month 3 weeks ago
    The quotations below are drawn from Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, 2009):   Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918), sixth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — whose father, the Patriarch Hyrum Smith, and uncle, the Prophet […]
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Further, on Jerusalem’s future temple

1 month 3 weeks ago
    Nearing the end of the first draft of my book on Islam and the Middle East for a Latter-day Saint audience:   Construction of the temple raises a very serious question, though. Charles W. Penrose, speaking before his call to the Council of the Twelve and, later, to the First Presidency, remarked that […]
Dan Peterson

Music during Near-Death Experiences?

1 month 3 weeks ago
    From yet another manuscript of mine:   Some of those who have undergone near-death experiences report having heard majestic, beautiful music.[1]  One experiencer says that the music was strangely familiar.[2]  A nurse in Osis and Haraldsson’s database related her experience with a seventy-six-year-old woman who had been hospitalized following a severe heart attack: […]
Dan Peterson

Recollections of the Prophet Joseph

1 month 3 weeks ago
    From Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, 2009):   Marie J. Woodward, a teenage convert, later recalled her interactions with the Prophet: It was in 1841 when I was about seventeen years old, that I first saw the Prophet Joseph […]
Dan Peterson

A temple in Jerusalem?

1 month 3 weeks ago
    The book must go on:   Another development that needs to be achieved, as most Latter- day Saints know, is the construction of a temple in Jerusalem. The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of a great latter-day temple and its ritu­als and recorded that vision in chapters 40-47. Joseph Smith taught that, although […]
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Character doesn’t matter?

1 month 3 weeks ago
            The images above speak eloquently, in my opinion.  One or two of them may be satirical.  (I devoutly hope so.)  If they aren’t, then they’re indicative of a level of political idolatry to which I would object if it were devoted to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, let alone […]
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Why do Mormons seem to shun evolution?

1 month 3 weeks ago
    My attention was called, recently, to a 2014 blog article titled “So just what do Mormons think about evolution?”  According to this article, Mormons are among the least evolution-friendly religious groups in the United States.   I have no reason to reject the article, but I think that I would like to unpack things […]
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A movie-induced walk down memory lane

1 month 3 weeks ago
    We’ve just returned from a showing of the documentary film Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the legendary children’s television personality Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.   I was, I have to admit, never a Mr. Rogers fan.  I doubt that I ever watched an entire episode.  I really couldn’t stand the show. […]
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Childrens’ reminiscences of the Prophet Joseph Smith

1 month 3 weeks ago
    From Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mae Andrus, Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, 2009):   Marilla Plumb Bellows, who was born in Delaware, Ohio, in 1832 and who was twelve years old when the Prophet was murdered, recalled that He was one of the kindest men […]
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