Shakespeare Sonnet 130 — An “Honest” Tribute to his “Homely” Lover

"Poetic Wednesday" As an English major in college, I was required to take a full semester class on Shakespeare. To enhance my study, I listened to recordings of famous actors while I followed along with the text. Sonnet 130 is one of Shakespeare’s most popular. It is satire. The theme is: you don’t need to … Continue reading Shakespeare Sonnet 130 — An “Honest” Tribute to his “Homely” Lover

“A Mother’s Love”- A Poem: Did Judas’ Mother Love Him Like Mary Loved Jesus?

"Poetic Wednesday" A mother’s unconditional love is a wonder to behold.  Her selfless sacrifices are truly inspiring. A mother’s love gives us a glimpse of the pure love of Christ (agape, hesed). This poem ponders the question, “Did the mother of Judas love her son as much as Mary loved Jesus?” A MOTHER’S LOVE Long, … Continue reading “A Mother’s Love”- A Poem: Did Judas’ Mother Love Him Like Mary Loved Jesus?

“Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

“Sunday Sermon” True disciples of Jesus "love the Lord with all their heart, might, mind, and strength." His disciples manifest their love for Him by striving to keep His commandments. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." True disciples of Christ "love their neighbors as themselves." His disciples demonstrate their love for Him by loving … Continue reading “Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

"Sunday Sermon" Testimony Meetings Today is "Fast and Testimony" Sunday. The LDS Church devotes the first Sunday of the month to fasting for two meals and donating generously to the poor and humanitarian causes. This Sunday is the “Testimony Meeting,” when members share their personal witness of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. "In a … Continue reading Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" For atheists, everything is physical. Nothing else exists beyond the physical universe. This materialist belief places on atheists the burden of explaining non-physical reality, like, the existence of: love, self-awareness, empathy, compassion, sacrifice, free will, morality, good and evil. How can physical matter create consciousness and self-awareness?  How can the random accidental … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

"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

The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

"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

Valentine’s Day Story – “A Cure for Criticism in Marriage”

I heard a touching story about a cure for criticism, especially in marriage.  This version was written by my friend Andrew Kay. Marriage is not easy!  Coming to a marriage with the wrong expectations only makes it harder.  There is a saying that has the sting of truth in it.  It says, “Men marry a … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Story – “A Cure for Criticism in Marriage”

“He Chose Alcohol Over Love, Booze Over His Beloved”

"Court Case Friday" A girlfriend and boyfriend loved each other and lived together for years. They were both heavy drinkers. One night, in a nearby county, they both got drunk and ended up in a fight.  A witness called the police.  Since the boyfriend “won” the fight, the police deemed him to be the “primary … Continue reading “He Chose Alcohol Over Love, Booze Over His Beloved”

Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

(I have performed countless civil wedding in my judicial capacity. Here is my wedding talk.) Ten Laws of Matrimony Over the years, I have become convinced that to have a strong and happy marriage, we must abide by the laws of matrimony.  Let me briefly share with you ten of those laws. First, a strong … Continue reading Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day