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About caspianrex

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    Musicmeister, Bible collector, BofM fan
  • Birthday 07/22/1969

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  1. Meanwhile, I see this announcement from your church followed the announcement from my church a week later: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/church-announces-plans-for-new-hymnbook-and-childrens-songbook?lang=eng 🙂
  2. Actually, I just discovered that I missed this announcement about the United Methodist Hymnal project: https://michiganumc.org/news-stories/2019/06/11/new-united-methodisdt-hymnal-on-hold/ Doesn't bode well for any new hymnal in my denomination...
  3. I am Director of Music Ministries in a United Methodist church. For quite some time now, our denomination has reportedly been working on a new hymnal project. Since our current hymnal came out in 1989, we've also seen two hymnal supplements, one of which is not great, and the other of which is pretty awful. The scant information I've seen about the new United Methodist Hymnal indicates that they may be focusing mostly on digital resources, while also allowing for some sort of "print on demand" model. In general, I believe many denominations are finding that print hymnals are an expensive proposition, and sales figures are not encouraging. As a person who is not a Latter-day Saint, I'm not sure what the current practice is in your churches, but even at my church, which is fairly traditional in terms of worship style, we have very few people who actually sing from the hymnal: most follow the words on the song screens, a practice that hurts my church musician heart! I will be interested to see how upcoming hymnal projects do, both in my own denomination and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  4. This looks quite good! I'm especially impressed that the app includes the 1830 edition and the Yale edition. I shall be waiting for the Android release. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Wow, last time I visited this forum, it was September, but it felt like August here in TN. Now it's October, and it actually feels like October!

  6. @RevTestament, I know you posted this link awhile back, but I haven't checked in here for quite some time. Thanks so much for sharing the link: I actually decided to go ahead and purchase it from that site! It was about the best deal I've seen on that edition. I will, of course, be keeping in mind many of the things I've read on this site, as far as the drawbacks to this particular edition of the BoM.
  7. I am not completely unaware of the debate, but I am only familiar with some of the basics of the controversy. Most of the negative critique I have read of Hocking & Meldrum's Annotated BOM seem to be objecting to exactly what you're describing: an attempt to argue in favor of a position, while playing fast and loose with archaeology and history. As a non-member, I find the argument interesting, but I don't think it has any bearing on my reading of the BOM.
  8. A couple months ago, @Robert F. Smith brought to my attention an annotated edition of The Book of Mormon, edited by David Hocking and Rodney Meldrum: https://deseretbook.com/p/annotated-edition-of-the-book-of-mormon?variant_id=172007-hardcover He also shared a rather in-depth review (really more of a critique) of the work: https://interpreterfoundation.org/blog-a-review-of-the-annotated-edition-of-the-book-of-mormon-part-1/ I just happened on a somewhat more concise critique of the edition here: https://bookofmormoncentral.org/sites/default/files/documents/Blog entry/2019/Executive-Summary-Master Legally Revised.pdf Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone else on this forum (besides Robert) had any experience with, or thoughts about, this annotated edition. It seems a bit pricey to me, so I don't suppose I'll acquire a copy unless I see one cheaper somewhere.
  9. New profile pic! It's the real me, instead of the cartoon me.

  10. Wow, just found out about this, as I hadn't checked in on this forum for a little while. Sad to hear. I enjoyed many of Clark's posts, even though I'm a fairly new member here. Praying for his family...
  11. Don't know why that last post double posted, but anyways... Here's a screen cap of the Gospel Library app (Windows version). You can see that it gives you the ability to filter search results.
  12. The search feature on the Gospel Library app (produced by the Church) seems to work pretty well. Available on Windows Store and Google Play Store (and, I imagine, the Apple Store, but I'm not an Apple user).
  13. The search feature on the Gospel Library app (produced by the Church) seems to work pretty well. Available on Windows Store and Google Play Store (and, I imagine, the Apple Store, but I'm not an Apple user).
  14. This morning I discovered this article about the Old Testament canon, written from the perspective of the Stone-Campbell restorationist movement. This movement arose alongside the early Latter-day Saint movement, so I thought it might be interesting to some folks on this forum. There seems to be a fairly wide spectrum of understanding among Latter-day Saints and other Christian sects, regarding canonicity. Even though the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the King James Bible, I find it interesting that the LDS edition of the KJV has a note on The Song of Solomon, that the Joseph Smith Translation did not recognize that book as "inspired writings." So I would be interested to hear thoughts on the article I've shared.
  15. Sorry I've been away from this forum for awhile. Things have been crazy hectic over the past few weeks! I will try to check in again soon.

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