UPDATE: Had technical problems with the recording; no audio got recorded at all. So, announcement coming in the next few days about a repeat of sorts.
With the alignment of Seminary to the Come Follow Me schedule, this year’s high school seniors will graduate with D&C twice, but no Old Testament.
Continue reading “Recorded Devotional for Seminary Seniors who Didn’t Get the Old Testament”
Logos is my preferred source of electronic books. I’ve used it for 20 years. Continue reading “Quick Notes on a New Year’s Sale at Logos”
And that is why I will not vote for Donald Trump, nor any politician at the local or state level who supports him.
Make America honorable again, by voting out Trumpism wherever it is found.
I want to publicize this GoFundMe, because it offers a very direct and concrete way for people to make a difference in the lives of some African Latter-day Saints, the Nmeribe family from Nigeria. They have three children studying at BYU whose continued attendance is threatened by covid-induced financial issues. Continue reading “Want to Make a Difference? Influence Someone’s Life?”
Red brick store in Nauvoo, where the first endowments were done on May 4, 1842.
Edit: I’ve added this syllabus to the main menu at left, and simplified the url for easy access, to http://BenSpackman.com/syllabus
May 4th holds significance in LDS history: it’s the day Joseph Smith introduced temple ordinances in the upper room of the red brick store in 1842. The temple ties together a number of questions, like: Continue reading “Interpreting Scripture, History, Science, and Creation: A Free Course by Me!”
The future is difficult to plan right now, but I’m happy to report my proposal for the American Academy of Religion (AAR) national conference has been accepted. It traditionally meets with the Society of Biblical Literature in a massive multi-day conference attended by thousands. This year it’s in Boston, mid/late November. I pray by then we’ll be back to some kind of normalcy. Continue reading “Joseph Fielding Smith’s Assumptions”
March 2020 I had a heavy weekend, between flying cheaply (read: uncomfortably and really early) to a family funeral, and doing two firesides: one on how Latter-day Saints came to read scripture in stark anti-evolutionary ways, the other on making sense of LDS creation accounts in light of what we know about both scripture and science.
During the Q&A, a young sister missionary assigned to the Visitor’s Center asked a practical question.
As missionaries, what can we do to promote this kind of understanding as we teach the simple truths of the Gospel?
Continue reading “The Most Important Question I’ve Been Asked”
It’s been a remarkably good Monday morning. Chilly, but I scored a $72 long-sleeve Merino wool bike jersey for $18 recently, and so went out for a 24-mile ride in 40 degree weather.
Made myself chilaquiles afterwards. Bit of a foodie here. (This has been rewritten afterwards, since it was an announcement.)
Continue reading “Two Firesides in the DC on the Temple, Science, and LDS Interpretation of Scripture”
We recently put forth an open call for abstracts for a special issue of BYU Studies dedicated to biological evolution, LDS faith, and practice. I am the guest editor overseeing the non-scientific submissions and as such, would like to emphasize a few things from the call that seem to be getting overlooked. Update: Please note, we have extended the abstract submission deadline from February 1 to March 1. Continue reading “BYU Studies, Evolution, and Faith: Some Clarification (Updated!)”
First, I’ll be speaking in Provo April 3, along with Terryl and Fiona Givens, Steven Harper, and likely some others yet to be announced. It’s free to attend, but space is limited, so register here. Continue reading “Speaking in Provo in April, and two Kindle sales”