To the Critic
One fallacy common to those studying Mormonism (including Mormons themselves) is that of quote mining; digging around through publications and writings of leaders and pulling out some obscure phrase and calling it “doctrine.” Continue reading “Mining Doctrine – Advice to Critics and Mormons”
Part Two, Part Three
Occasionally, I learn something that is like opening a window to greater understanding. Where a vague notion may have existed before, the drawing aside of the curtains reveals a new world. Such an event occurred a couple of days ago.
Over the last decade or so, I have been going through a faith change which I did not understand. The journey has left me unsettled, with a different perspective on my faith than most of my fellow church members.
Continue reading “Stages of Faith – Part One”
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. 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Reading historical documents without understanding the culture and circumstances in which the actors lived, will often lead us to wrong conclusions.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”