October 2010, LDS General Conference, Sunday afternoon session.
I’m usually sound asleep by this session of conference. There is nothing else in the world that puts me to sleep like General Conference—weekly sacrament meeting would too if it weren’t for all of the crying kids and uncomfortable pews. Nevertheless, I remember a particular talk by Elder David Bednar that I reflect on frequently.
His sermon was entitled Receive the Holy Ghost. Continue reading “The Holy Ghost – Gift or Got”
Does God want us to learn about him and his ways?
Is creation off limits? Is God hiding his means and methods from us? Or, are his ways open for us to discover (to the limits of our abilities)?
Continue reading “Of Creation, Questions, and Functions”
Name one musical play, popular artist, or singing group in which the male lead sings bass.
Come on. I’m waiting.
Continue reading “Heros Always Sing Tenor”
I participate in a non-denominational theology group called Theology on Tap (ToT) Logan. It is part of a pub theology movement intended to encourage people to interact on religious topics in an environment unencumbered by religious baggage. Continue reading “church, Church, and CHURCH”
I have a quiet place, my own little wilderness. Well, its not mine, its publicly accessible land, but nobody goes there. If I want to hike for a few moments of therapy, meditation, and pray, I know that I can enjoy some solitude and experience intriguing landscape not far from home.
The problem with my little wilderness is that it has power lines running through it.
Continue reading “Power Lines Through My Wilderness”
Reading historical documents without understanding the culture and circumstances in which the actors lived, will often lead us to wrong conclusions. This applies to Old Testament, New Testament, and anything written further back than about … two weeks. (Presentism and literalism will be address in another post.) Continue reading “Presentism Now”
We assume literacy in our day. However, early Christians did not read their scriptures. They didn’t even have “scriptures.” All they had were stories. Continue reading “* Now Playing * Life of Jesus *”
The canon (official scriptures) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes the Holy Bible. The Bible is the foundation of our Christian faith. As a general rule, we use the King James version (KJV). At the time of the restoration, there was NO official version or most correct version or the only allowed version. Continue reading “Bibles, Bibles, Bibles”
Mormon’s are easy targets. The materials at which stones can be thrown is rich and varied, but often over-used; the same subjects come up repeatedly.
The clothing of one familiar strawman argument is that Mormon’s are trying to earn their way into heaven; we don’t accept the grace of Christ. Continue reading “Grace, The Strawman, and Checklist Salvation”
“Toxic” is thrown around a lot lately. Bloggers and podcasters on the fringes of Mormon culture often try to demonstrate the superiority of their approach by calling the church’s current or past position “TOXIC.” Continue reading “Helpful Toxicity”