Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

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Absolutely.While they are not "mainstream" Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon.The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how mainstream Mormons react to them. The Browns, and other polygamists, make mainstream Mormons uncomfortable. This is partially because most Mormons want to get away from polygamy. They … [Read more...]

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” A Little #MLK on His Birthday

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was on January 15, 1929.To commemorate his birthday, I wanted to share with you the above clip from his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. This speech is his last. He delivered it on April 3, 1968. He would be gunned down on April 4, 1968.In the speech, he acknowledges that he might not see the completion of the work. This clip is a glimpse at an American prophet in action. Note not only his keen awareness of what is to come, but also his call to … [Read more...]

A Letter to My Young Mormon

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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...]

Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

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Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, "Are You a Liberal Mormon?" (UPDATE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.)Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask.Yes, I am a liberal Mormon.Some might not like the use of the term "liberal" since it largely has a political connotation. I am indeed a liberal in the political sense. However, "liberal" is also a term with significant theological meaning. That said, it is not a term that is often used … [Read more...]

Can Appeals to Free Will Solve the Problem of Evil?

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For me, appeals to free will and human agency have never been particularly satisfying when considering the problem of evil.If anything, I think they might tell us more about how we conceptualize God than how we conceptualize evil.I will need to spend more time studying the philosophy of religion before I can more fully respond to this question, but I found this video from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame to be both helpful and enlightening about this … [Read more...]

Homosexuality is Still Not a Sin.

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Author's Note: The following is a significant revision and expansion of my earlier post "Homosexuality is Not a Sin." This update is part of Queer Pioneer Week at Approaching Justice. “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin." I see this phrase a lot. It is no longer particularly clever. In some cases it is harmful and wrong. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality and I have rarely heard it used outside the context of discussions about homosexuality. The primary reason t … [Read more...]

Queering our Reading of the Bible

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Editor's Note: This post is part of Queer Theology Syncroblog at the site Queer Theology.I was asked by Chris Henrichsen to post a presentation I recently gave on relating queer thought to how we read the Bible. Our campus ministry has a discussion group which has tackled this topic for this coming semester.The follows is a rough outline of that effort “Nearly all the wisdom which we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of o … [Read more...]


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