I learned in church as a child that Goliath was about 10 feet tall. I was impressed! According to the King James Version (KJV), based on the Hebrew Masoretic Text, Goliath was “six cubits and a span” (1 Sam. 17:4). “Cubit” comes from Latin meaning “elbow.” A cubit is the length from the tip of … Continue reading How Tall Was Goliath — Really?
"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Prophetic Revelation A prophet is God’s messenger. He is called by, and speaks for, God. A prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from the Lord. The Lord operates through His prophets. That is His M.O. “That’s how He rolls.” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy
"Sunday Sermon" One of the greatest challenges in life is to keep things in proper balance. We must strive to balance “our compassion for others" with “our loyalty to the commandments.” We must always love the sinner, but we must never advocate sin. We Must Always Love the Sinner As disciples of Christ, we … Continue reading Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin
"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" God is a God of Miracles Believers live in a world teeming with wonderous miracles. Because of their faith they witness the innumerable miracles of nature and creation that surround them. Because of their faith they receive countless miracles of healing, protection, preservation, and providence. After all, "God is a God of … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings
"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.) I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6
"Sunday Sermon" Introduction I attended the National Conference on Jewish Law for several years. The participants were devout Jewish law professors, rabbis, judges, lawyers, and one non-Jew -- me. On Saturday, I was taking notes on one of the lectures. The man seated to my right nudged me with his elbow and snapped, “It’s Shabbat.” … Continue reading Law of Noah (Telestial), Moses (Terrestrial), and Jesus (Celestial)
The best students of the gospel become the best teachers of the gospel I am sometimes asked, "Brother London, how long did it take you to prepare your talk?" I answer, "About 50 years." Powerful speaking and teaching requires lifelong ongoing study. We are commanded to engage in an ongoing lifelong study of the gospel … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #13: Lifelong Study and Preparation
"Sunday Easter Sermon" The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity The Cross has been, and continues to be, the universal symbol of Christianity. Yet, there are no crosses on LDS churches, and Latter-day Saints rarely wear crucifixes. We Latter-day Saints are often "reactionary." We vigorously emphasize the differences between the restored gospel and traditional Christianity. … Continue reading Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?
After becoming president of the church, Harold B. Lee was asked by an annoying reporter, “What qualifies you to be prophet?” President Lee responded, “I am just a good listener.” One of the major themes in the scriptures is to “hear,” “hearken,” “heed,” and “listen” to the voice of the Lord. These words are found … Continue reading Hear the Lord: 3 S’s
One of the challenges of studying the scriptures, especially the Old Testament, is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. One key to spotting these figurative numbers is their repetition. Their too frequent use goes beyond mere coincidence. The Number “8” is … Continue reading The Number “8” in Scriptures Means “New Beginnings”