War on Christmas? Blame Christians
Starbucks got a lot of flack because they used plain red cups this year instead of ones decorated with snowflakes as in years past. Steven Colbert had a funny bit about it. But did you know that from a historical perspective, it was Christians who don’t like to celebrate Christmas?
Atheist in a Foxhole: The Tillman Story
I watched an interesting documentary last week, The Tillman Story. Pat Tillman played NFL football for the Arizona Cardinals, and unexpectedly quit the NFL and enlisted in the army rangers following the September 11 attacks. I knew he had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and there was a coverup, but didn’t really […]
Posts Restored – Back to the Present
Many of you have noticed a blast from the past on my blog. Back in Feb 2013, my host server crashed and I had to back up my blog and try to restore it. I picked WordPress.com, thinking that was a good choice. Well, it didn’t restore all my posts–I was missing about 150 of […]
Did you Meet the Mormons?
This past weekend, we noticed that Meet the Mormons was at the Dollar Theater (actually it is $1.50), so we went to see it. (I admit it–we don’t like to pay the higher prices.) I walked into the theater, and it was nearly sold out. A recent article said that Utah County is 84% Mormon […]
Mitt: the Documentary
This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt: The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.) Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.) I’m curious if any of you have seen it?
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 […]
I just watched a documentary called Jefferson’s Secret Bible. (You can download it for free on iTunes or watch it at the Smithsonian website.) The documentary discusses the restoration and some of the theology behind Thomas Jefferson’s rewriting on the Bible. In his day, Jefferson was called an atheist by his detractors; he wasn’t really […]
LDS Film Festival 2013
While the Sundance Film Festival gets all the press, Utah County is also home to the LDS Film Festival. Â I reviewed the schedule, and thought I would point out a few films that sound interesting at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah. Wednesday – Opening night
The Trials and Deaths of John D. Lee and Brigham Young
I wanted to continue Ken Burns’ discussion of the aftermath of the Mountain Meadows as part of his series, The West (available on Netflix.) In Part 6, he discussed the trial of John D. Lee. At the beginning of part 6, he begins with this introduction. By 1874, Washington had launched still another assault on […]