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Speaking Silence

Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason

The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship, and, consequently, in the world. It is repentance in the broad sense.

Article

Being Taught after the Manner of the Jews: A Personal Journey

Here are five key lessons I learned from Torah study on how to read the Book of Mormon.

Benjamin the Scribe

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9: Matthew 6-7

In keeping with Jesus’ style of connecting seemingly-unconnected bits, I’m going to offer some short bits of disparate commentary today as we continue through the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6-7. how do we reconcile “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works” (Mat 5:16) on the one hand, and [Read More...]

When Gods Were Men

The New Testament: Why Don’t We Teach This?

Over the years, I have really enjoyed the writings of prolific New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman. Whether in print or through “Audible,” I have made my way through all of his “popular” books (and several of his contributions to the “Great Courses” series). Recently, I’ve thought a lot about a question Dr. Ehrman raises at [Read More...]

The Soul and the City

Fifty Shades of Dark. And One Shade of Feminism.

The ever-insightful and pretty brave Nathaniel Givens here offers a very illuminating reflection on the latest box-office hit and its implications for, you know, the man/woman thing. What has kinky sex to do with questions of gender roles in the family and the workplace?  The Roman poet Horace put it this way:  throw nature out [Read More...]

Peculiar People

“The Prophecy of This Book”

Believers in the Book of Mormon are inevitably acquainted with Revelation 22:18-19: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take [Read More...]

Aestheism

Heretics and Other Insiders

If Mormonism is a heresy, it’s only a Christian heresy.  Which means that Mormonism’s very conflict with traditional Christianity demonstrates its Christian character. In the official record of existence, I have denied that I—a comfortably self-identifying LDS-Mormon—am a Christian.  Many of my LDS-Mormon compatriots have voiced markedly, ironically, un-Christian objections to my denial, as though by [Read More...]

KiwiMormon

Digesting the Dehlin Drama: Thoughts in the wake

I’ve spent the last couple of days percolating the latest excommunication drama, waiting for the heavy weight of it on my heart to lighten somewhat.  It hasn’t.  It was sadly inevitable that John was excommunicated.  Not because John did anything different to what he usually does – tell all, scrap it out to the last, and do [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

Korihors, Secular Humanism, and the Book of Mormon

The topic of Korihor, noted Book of Mormon anti-Christ, has come up in Mormon discussions recently. The identification of Korihor with various contemporary groups or individuals marks such as illegitimate and dangerous. Boundaries, separation, and vigilance against such ideas is warranted. One of the most popular interpretations is that Korihor teaches secular humanism, situating secular [Read More...]

The Welcome Table

Book Signings–how to do them successfully

This is a serious post. I personally hate book signings.  I did my first one twenty-six years ago.  I know when it was, because my twenty-six-year-old daughter was in a baby carrier.  I was still carrying the “I just had a baby” belly and trying to look glamorous.  There was another book signer next to [Read More...]

Mormon Therapist

The Effects of Excommunication on All of Us: Healing Perspectives

This week the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has once again been in the news in regards to the excommunication of one of our own: this time it’s John Dehlin of Mormon Stories – only months after the excommunication of Kate Kelly of Ordain Women.  There have been lesser, yet still painful ramifications (losing callings, not being able [Read More...]

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