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Speaking Silence

Gospel: From Problem to Promise

There is no answer to the question of suffering if an answer means an explanation of its necessity or why some suffer so much more than others. But if "answer" means "response," then the gospel is the response.


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 14: Matthew 18:1-35; Luke 10:25-37

Two parables today, that of the unjust servant, and that of the good samaritan. First, though, a practical note based on Matt 18:8. “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having [Read More...]

When Gods Were Men

Mormon Miscellaneous with Van Hale

Earlier this evening, I had a chance to visit with radio talk show host Van Hale on his K-TALK AM 630 show Mormon Miscellaneous. It was a live, in-studio discussion, and I’m grateful to the thoughtful callers who participated in the program. Van Hale is such a thoughtful, kind man. This was a great opportunity [Read More...]

The Soul and the City

Progressive Moral Madness

Here’s my latest little ditty for the Deseret News.  To get from Kant to grade-school relativism all in 750 is a bit hasty, I know, but the connection is there all the same. And this may help to answer a common objection I hear to my critiques of progressivism and/or relativism: Of course our liberals [Read More...]

Peculiar People

Is Mormonism optimistic?

I’ve been having a problem with optimism lately. My last two blog posts were basically just exercises in much needed mental cleansing. I feel alone at church and all my friends are leaving, etc. You know, young person stuff, I guess. But I’ve been fighting harder lately. Getting in the ring to punch out pessimism. [Read More...]


Mike Pence Wears Pink Panties

The Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, or RFRA’s, that the states are adopting, pell-mell, have the right idea, and I want in. A RFRA is a vital piece of state-level legislation that strengthens the constitutional protection of religious exercise, because the constitutional protection of religion has become an eighteenth-century coot, grown so toothless and old that [Read More...]


Mormon Internet Trolls, Cyberbullies and Doxing

I’ve been in the blogging game for three years now.  I’m used to trolls and comment preachers who call me to repentance for my wickedly evil ways, blah blah blah.  I don’t really mind if they name themselves, even though the use of ad hominem is irksome I somewhat respect the fact that they stand [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

A Recent “Anti-Mormon” Essay: Trying to Understand Gee’s Response, Part II

In the last post I looked closely at the details of Dr. John Gee’s critique of Dr. Paul Owen’s essay in the most recent volume of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (JBMS). In that post I dealt especially with (1) Gee’s misrepresentation of Owen’s essay, (2) his lack of understanding of 2 Esdras/4 [Read More...]

The Welcome Table

He is Risen! She is Risen!

It is a triumphant song.  I have loved it since I was a child.  I even composed my own, majestic arrangement of it during my teen yers.  it’s the sort of song you could imagine being sung at a coronation. It has many more meanings to me now than it had when I created my [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...]