A Letter to My Young Mormon

Todd,I just finished reading a book by Adam Miller. It is called Letters to a Young Mormon. Others have written books in this format, but this one struck me and I wanted to tell you about it...in a letter.Adam talks about two stories. The story that we want our lives to tell and the story of God's work in your life. The more we try to tell our own story, the more we resist Him. When we do this we are sinning.Todd, I admit...I sometimes try to influence the story of your life. I … [Read more...]

The Approaching Justice Top 10 for 2013

Approaching Justice launched in February 2013, so this list is really the top 10 posts of all-time at Approaching Justice.It has been a great year. Thank you for your support.10. Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways9. I Am No Longer a Democrat.8. Ordain Women is Succeeding 7. Are Mormons Christians? Yes and No. 6. Have You Seen "My Five Wives" on TLC?5. Mary Knew! Stop Asking Stupid Questions!4. Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.3. Are Mormon … [Read more...]

Hymns Through the Lens of a 13-Year-Old Young Man

"I already thought three was too many," Todd whispered to me in reference to the normal minimum of three hymns that we have in LDS Sacrament meetings (our main Sunday service).Todd is my 13-year-old son and I love hearing his commentary on the world and our shared experiences.Yesterday, we had a musical testimony meeting at church.It is an annual tradition in our ward to have a testimony meeting where anyone from the congregation can walk up to the podium and share a little bit about … [Read more...]

Seven Things You Might Not Know About Me

There is a Facebook prompt going around. If you like a status where somebody is sharing a number of things you might not know about them...they will assign you a number of things to share.Ardis at Keepapitchinin gave me the assignment of sharing seven things you might not know about me. Since I am turning 37 tomorrow, I will focus on some ways in which I have changed since my youth.1. I was a Dallas Cowboys fan until I was 11. My parents point to this as an example of how I have allows b … [Read more...]

That Dan Peterson Guy…Deserves an Apology

I have been a jerk towards Dan Peterson. I would like to apologize to him and ask for his forgiveness.I have only met Dan once. It was during the summer of 2007 at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I taught at BYU-Idaho from 2006 to 2009. My wife had volunteered to help at BYU-Idaho Education Week that summer since volunteers were able to attend classes for free. I stopped by to say hello to her outside the lecture hall in the Taylor Building where she ushering.I saw Dan sitting at a table … [Read more...]

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Support Approaching Justice and Oxfam America by signing up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.Amazon Prime includes FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, free access to Amazon Instant Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.Approaching Justice will donate 50% of the earning received from Amazon to Oxfam America.Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save … [Read more...]

This is Why I am A Feminist

Few people have influenced my life's philosophical work than that of the political philosopher Susan Moller Okin. However, I am not a feminist because of Susan Moller Okin.If you follow this blog, you know I love sharing clips featuring the philosopher Judith Butler. See here, here, and here. As I said on one of posts, "...my work and thought is very different from that of Butler. However, her approach to gender continues to fascinate me..." Yet, I am not a feminist because of Judith … [Read more...]