The Welcome TableMy brother–in an Otavalo cemetery
This beautiful essay is by my brother, Dell Blair. Dell and I love Central and South America. Dell speaks Quichua and Spanish. Our siblings tended to go more to China. Dad went everywhere. This is one of the great Blair legacies. We do not tour. We root ourselves in places and people. Dell’s essay shows [Read More...]
Approaching JusticeAtheism, Relativism, and Morality #rawlsreligion
Rawls says that atheism is one view that Bodin could not abide. For Bodin, atheism is not the the belief that God does not exist, rather it is the rejection of right and justice. Bodin, according to Rawls, believed “that people will honor right and justice only when they believe in God and fear divine [Read More...]
I Believe Podcast6 Ways the Devil Rolls His Dice & How to Turn the Tables [Video]
Part 1: Discouragement So, when tough times hit your life what keeps you going? When challenging circumstances or relationships are confronting you—or seem beyond your control? If you need a spiritual shot in the arm or a dose of perspective, I’m hoping you’ll find that here today. God has some responses answer about how to [Read More...]
KiwiMormonOn giving a Sacrament Meeting Talk about Official Declaration Two
On Sunday I was asked to give a sacrament talk on Official Declaration Two, which is the Church’s 1978 statement extending the Priesthood do all ‘worthy males’. The subtext of this declaration was obviously that at one time not all worthy males were eligible for the priesthood with the restriction being placed on those with [Read More...]
Home WatersGrateful To Be An “Unworthy Creature”
As usual at this time of year, I find myself reflecting on the blessings of life. I have already elaborated on them here, and not much has changed since last year. I still recognize how profoundly undeserving I am of the good fortune I have enjoyed in my life. I don’t know why, but it [Read More...]
Peculiar PeopleA Song for the Body Electric
A Song for the Body Electric When we moved from Boston to Salt Lake City, my husband had been working as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed both medical school and his residency through Harvard, and we all thought of him as a highly competent doctor. But early in his subspecialty training [Read More...]
Salt and SeedA Review of "The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life"
The best question to ask is not whether this book is deeply right or deeply wrong, but whether it is deeply Mormon.
The Round TableHoliday Podcast Intro
Join the Round Table for this special holiday edition where we discuss favorite family traditions and memories, navigating family dynamics during the stressful holiday season, and how we can teach our children more about gift giving. Plus, a bonus challenge that includes great gift ideas from the Round Table! Check out these free gifts offered for [Read More...]
Speaking SilenceMaturing Spiritually
Helping others toward maturity requires spiritual maturity on our own part.
Faith-Promoting RumorThe Book of Mormon and the Late War: Direct Literary Dependence?
The rediscovery of the Late War by Gilbert Hunt recently as a possible source for understanding the language, style, and narrative content of the Book of Mormon has already elicited a considerable amount of discussion and debate. After Duane and Chris Johnson’s computer study of more than 100,000 books published before 1830 indicated that a [Read More...]
Mormon TherapistBook Review: Sex and the Single Christian Girl
I was asked by Patheos to do the following book review: In Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-com World, Marian Jordan Ellis takes a Christian stand for sexual purity in her delivery to other Christian women. She speaks of the importance of sexual morality as related to our personal [Read More...]