It is my experience, both personal and observed, that we can create our own faith crisis by putting our faith in the wrong things. Some things must be unchanging, true, and good. Other may not be. Our faith is constructed from childhood with simplistic stories, but that which we can understand as a child is often much different than reality.Continue reading “Distinguishing Doctrine and Practice”
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”
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”
As 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 convicted me.Continue reading “Weeping Souls”
There 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 same.Continue reading “Velvet Elvis”
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”
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”
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”