Friday, December 19, 2014

Chanukah

I thought I would take a moment this holiday season and mention a few words about Chanukah. My family celebrates this holiday each year including lighting the nine candles, which for a family of 6 means a total of 54 flames on the last night, in a somewhat nerve wracking display as small children and a puppy take turns trying to set themselves and the house on fire. To most of the Mormon community this holiday remains a mystery and like Christmas, those portions of it that seems to get the most air time are probably the least important aspects of the Holiday. This is my humble attempt to explain what the holiday means to me and my family.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Zion

Beginnings of Modern Zionism

On the 5th of January 1895 at a Paris military school a man is marched out into a courtyard to the roll of a drum. He is wearing his dress uniform and surrounded by guards. He stands calmly and repeats “innocent” and “Vive la France” as his comrade tears from his uniform his medals and rank. They tear his buttons and cuffs and then draw and break his sword. The man's name was Alfred Dreyfus and he stood convicted of espionage for Germany based on falsified evidence. The real culprit had been quickly cleared and evidence was forged framing Dreyfus for the crimes. Dreyfus was a Jew.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hebrews 11:39-40

This post will examine a few verses in Hebrews, specifically

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40

I was asked recently about the these verses with particular interest in the phrase "received not the promise". What was this promise and why would the scripture state that the Old Testament saints did not receive it? To answer this I will make my usual winding path through scriptural context in an effort to shed some light on it.