In part one I describe a tension between the church and those in faith crisis and post-deconstruction stages. Assuming that we want to retain these people, the question is:
How can the church, as an institution, help people through a faith crisis or reconstruction?
I have a few ideas.
Continue reading “Faith Crossing – Part Two”
In several previous posts (Stages of Faith Part 1, 2, 3, 4), I discuss faith stages and ask how the church can meet the needs of those in different stages of their individual journey. However, we may actually need to address a different question first:
Continue reading “Faith Crossing – Part One”
“If you do what God wants, you will receive a reward. In fact, God wants to give you stuff.” This is known as prosperity gospel or prosperity theology and there is a uniquely Mormon flavor of it.
Continue reading “God on a Leash”
This is a topic that I have wanted to address for a long time. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often speak of inspiration, revelation, or feeling. Of these, “revelation” carries the most weight. But, there are often unintended consequences.
Continue reading “Seems Like Revelation”
a child I remember listening to a particular sermon about the evils of
depression, a tool of Satan, evil ingratitude. I don’t know why it struck me so
strongly, maybe because I recognized a dark sadness within myself that
Continue reading “Weeping Souls”
is deep wisdom among thought leaders from other Christian traditions that can
be beneficial to us. Not so much because it is different, but because it is the
Continue reading “Velvet Elvis”
I just attended one of the most intriguing church services ever.
Continue reading “Visitors Welcome – Δύο (Two)”
In the spirit of the ever-popular Top Ten List of ________, I will start with some brief statements describing the results of the New Mormon Survey. You can then decide if you want to read more.
Continue reading “The New Mormons – Part Two”
This is a preamble to part two, an article on “The Next Mormons” by Jana Reiss.
The essentials of the Good News are that Christ was born into mortality, lived an exemplary life, and liberated all nature through His atonement, death, and resurrection. The Christian church, speaking generally, takes the Gospel message and asks the corporate question: Okay, now what?
Continue reading “The New Mormons – Part One”