Five years ago I posted on my professional blog, Conversations with Kip, a tribute to Patrick J Quigley IV, who died aboard United Flight 175 from Boston to LA. Five years more, let's remember anew. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 05:50 PM, I recorded the following: World Trade Center is Destroyed Today, the worst terrorist … Continue reading 20 Years on: 9-11 Tribute
What is the role of religion in society today? And what is the role of belief? I've pondered upon these questions the last few years. Here are some thoughts I've had. 1st Amendment Researchers have consistently shown that the percentage of active participants in religion in the US is in decline; that's not surprising to … Continue reading Freedom of Religion vs. Freedom of Belief?
I have come to sense that God's response to the COVID-19 epidemic if he were in my place would be to stay home and make as little physical contact with others as possible. You might wonder how one could come to that conclusion. I'll explain. A Divine Influence I am a member of the Church … Continue reading Stay Home
In my Sunday school class, the teacher explained that unlike many of his epistles were to known contacts he knew, but this epistle was to a congregation he did not personally know. That point made me realize Rome was the most cosmopolitan city of this day. The congregation would likely have been like many of … Continue reading The Epistle to the Romans
An article in the Dallas Morning News this morning reinforces my comment to an acquaintance on a flight. She expressed doubt that valuing virtues could ever win the war against the un-virtuous and asked how that would ever happen. "Because there is a natural bias to want to be virtuous. No one wants to be … Continue reading A Bias To Virtue
A few years ago, Kari was asked to record a video message for youth. It is posted below. Kari has shared this quote from James E. Faust numerous times about how to have the greatest amount of happiness in our lives: I believe the Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward … Continue reading Testimony and Peace from the Holy Ghost
“Go help that woman.” It was a distinct impression as I drove to the temple. I had turned right; she was holding a piece of cardboard with writing on it on the left hand side of the street, 3 lanes full of cars away. She did not look like the typical homeless person; her hair … Continue reading Helping a homeless woman, a refuge.
"I recall that as a graduate student I wrote a critique of an important political philosopher. It was clear that I disagreed with him. My professor told me that my paper was good, but not good enough. Before you launch into your criticism, she said, you must first present the strongest case for the position … Continue reading Understanding The Position of the Opposition