I attended my first FAIRMormon conference in 2012. It was a wonderful experience to associate with other church members that did not consider it unfaithful to “think” about church subjects. One of the speakers was Neylan McBaine who presented “To Do The Business of the Church: A Cooperative Paradigm for Examining Gender Participation Within Church Organizational Structure.” Continue reading “Women At Church Should . . .”
A few days ago, while reading the Parable of the Sower, I saw something hidden in the weeds that intrigued me. Actually, it was hidden in the method. Continue reading “Random Seeds”
I have occasionally paraphrased a quote that I have attributed (possibly erroneously) to LDS Apostle B. H. Roberts. It goes something like this:
God has give us two accounts of the creation of the earth. One is written on the pages of the Bible and the other is recorded in the layers of crust of the earth. It is only due to our misunderstanding of each that they disagree.
No, I do not mean Jobs as in Steve Jobs. I’m talking about J-oh-bah, or Jobe, as in book of Job. It is my new favorite book. Why? Because Job thinks like me and probably like you (since you are reading The Grumpy Mormon). Continue reading “Job, My Hero”
A close friend, Paul, and I have known each other since grade school. Even though we lived in separate communities, we managed to spend much of our summers together Continue reading “The Fish and the Forester”
In 1985, Krister Stendahl (1921-2008), a Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, proposed what has become know as Stendahl’s three rules of religious understanding. These are:
- When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
- Don’t compare your best to their worst.
- Leave room for “holy envy.”
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr is a great complement to Kathy Escobar’s Faith Shift.
Rohr’s book is a meandering description of one’s (potential) journey of faith and is rich with hidden gems. Continue reading “Stages of Faith – Part Three – Falling Upward”
Faith Shift Overview
I finished reading Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar and have been struggling about how to present the book and the material.
Kathy Escobar was a dedicated Evangelical Christian that had a desire to serve in a greater capacity than her church allowed for women. She eventually received a counseling degree and involved herself in a large, nondenominational church. She soon realized that what was going on behind the scenes was nothing like the façade presented to the congregation; it was all for show.
A few years ago I mentioned to one of my sons that if I were not Mormon I think that I would have to be Catholic. This was a bit of a shock to him at the time, but he is getting used to my “shocks” and they don’t trouble him anymore.
The principle reasons for making this statement are that only two churches, in my mind, have a claim to legitimate authority Continue reading “Catholic and Mormon”