The Prophesied birthplace

Week Forty Eight: Jonah; Micah
Nestled in the fifth chapter of the Book of Micah, right in the first couple of verses, is an iconic revelation. Micah 5:1 seems to call Israel to attention, "Now, gather thyself in troops, oh daughter of troops!" Then, after warning of yet another humiliating blow to the judges of Israel, a revelation of enormous import is offered in Micah 5:2... Read More

Nebuchadnezzar the Bad parent

Week Forty Five: Daniel 1–6
The experience reported in Daniel 3 joins an impressive array of awe inspiring, and faith-promoting experiences in the Old Testament. A number involve fire, water and air. Noah, the flood and rainbow; Moses…the parting of the Red Sea and manna from the sky; Elijah, fire falling from heaven to consume his water soaked offering and Elijah ascending to heaven in a chariot of fire. These miracles were certainly memorable.Read More

Isaiah, The Poetic power to CHANGE lives

Week Thirty Eight: Isaiah 13–14; 24–30; 35
When first reading the Book of Mormon as a 19 year old investigating the church, I felt like rejoicing with Nephi as he declared: "Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah, for I came out from Jerusalem, and mine eye hath beheld the things of the Jews and I know that the Jews do understand the things of the prophets, and there is none other people that understands the things that were spoken unto the Jews like unto them…"a href = "">Read More

Ten Commandments for Us

Week Seventeen: Exodus 18–20
When my father began teaching economics in the 1950's he was befriended by a humanities professor named Sterling Wheelwright. Professor Wheelwright and his wife Edna adopted our family. We called them Uncle Sterling and Auntie Edna and treasured the idea that we had an uncle and auntie because, in fact, we had no living relatives nearby due to the Holocaust...Read More

Levi’s Grandson, Mushi

Week Thirteen: Exodus 1–6
Mushi was the name of the father of my first childhood friend. The Silvers lived through the gate Mushi put in the fence separating our backyard on Cherry Street from theirs on Chestnut Street. Once I asked where his funny nickname came from and was surprised when he said,  "from the Bible." Years later, after living in Israel, I figured Mushi must be a modified form of Moshe which is Hebrew for "Moses."... Read More