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”
Warning: The writer of this article attempts to use common Christian language. Incorrect usage, misunderstanding, and unintended implications are inevitable. Readers are advised to continue at their own risk and invited to offer kindly corrections where needed.
Continue reading “Communion Envy”
Part One, Part Two, Part Three
Yes, I know, I’m kind of stuck on faith stages. But, this one is different.
From the Audience: “Their all different because you’re the one writing them.”
Continue reading “Stages of Faith – Part Four – Blindness”
I just finished the first volume of a new history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Saints. In many ways it is remarkable.
Continue reading “Saints, Vol 1 – A Hidden Message”
for Mars by Mary Roach was intended to be a diversion from recent religious
readings, and it was. But, it also provided an interesting perspective for
viewing church. First, a few points from the book.
Continue reading “Packing For Mars”
While looking into books to expand my study of The Gospel of Mark, I came across the following little gem from Julie Smith, Bible scholar and author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels. In a question and answer dialogue regarding her book she was asked: Continue reading “Scripture Raisins”
“Membership Required” is a restriction that I have never seen on a house of worship. (Well, except for Mormon temples, which don’t say that on the outside but do on the inside–but that’s another subject.) Continue reading “Visitors Welcome”
In a recent interview posted by Mormon Newsroom, President Russell M. Nelson made the following statement.
If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come. Wait till next year. And then the next year. Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.
Continue reading “The Prophet Shall Never Lead Us…”
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 . . .”
Does God weep? Does God even care about us? Can He relate to and feel for our troubles and trials? Does God own us? Are we compelled to seek him and his will or are we truly free to choose? These are some of the questions addressed by Terryl and Fiona Givens in their book The God Who Weeps – How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life.
Continue reading “The God Who Weeps”