Dr. Russell Standish, RIP

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Russell Standish, killed in a car accident in Australia on May 2. He and his twin brother Colin are well known in Adventist circles–Russell for his missionary service, Colin for his academic leadership, and both for their strong defense of what they regarded as historic…

Vatican Restricts Access to Genealogical Info

More on the Vatican’s decision to restrict access to genealogical information from the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. They stress the point that I made in an earlier post on this subject–this doesn’t just affect Mormons, but affects everyone with an interest in genealogy. From the Deseret News article: The move by the…

Late Night Phone Calls

When the phone rings at midnight, it’s never good news–especially when you are a pastor. So when the phone rang at close to midnight last night, I awoke with a start and my heart started beating fast. Sometimes it’s a wrong number from someone whose drunken fingers can’t hit the keys. But I think first,…

Life and Death at a Houston Hospital

Sabrina Martin was a 14 year old with a sinus infection … now she’s wheelchair bound and needs help with all the basic functions of life. In between–a surgery gone wrong, allegations of botched care during her recovery, and allegations that a hospital was conspiring against parents to put her to death.