Testimony meeting is…like a box of chocolates.

Today, we attended our first testimony meeting in Las Vegas. Apparently testimony meeting when you go to church near the Las Vegas Strip involves people from other places making self-righteous comments about the Strip.One guy even made a Sodom and Gomorrah comment.Sacrament meeting is the main weekly worship service in the LDS Church. Testimony meeting is during the Sacrament meeting on the first Sunday of the month. Instead of assigned talks or sermons, during testimony meeting any … [Read more...]

August Subscription Drive: Help Me Readers, You Are My Only Hope Weekend

I am going to come at this from a different angle than I did yesterday.August is the first quarterly subscription drive here at Approaching Justice.The goal for this drive is to get 1000 individual subscriptions or donations.I am asking you to help by picking one of two ways:1. Subscribe to make monthly $2 payments to Approaching Justice.2. Make a one-time donation in an amount of your choosing.My goal for this weekend is 100 subscriptions or … [Read more...]

The Nature of Religious Symbols

Recently Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins were invited to write about the status of God after Darwin. What struck me was the way both wrote about religious symbols. For Armstrong "what we call God is merely a symbol that points beyond itself to an indescribable transcendence." For Dawkins, symbolic language obscures the central question,which is whether God exists as an "objective reality, just as surely as the Rock of Gibraltar exists."While I'm sympathetic to Armstrong's case for God … [Read more...]

This is Why I Respect Libertarianism

No, I do not agree with libertarianism. However I often cringe when the term is used in the United States in association with crass, if not intellectually vulgar, figures like Ayn Rand and Ron Paul.Chandran Kukathas is a chair in political theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I studied under Kukathas for my MA in political science at the University of Utah. At the University of Utah, he was the Neal A. Maxwell Chair in Political Theory, Public Policy, and Public … [Read more...]

The Nature of Religious Traditions

I'm writing my first post as the new campus minister of Ecumenical Campus Ministries which represents a number of liberal protestant denominations at the University of Kansas. I met Chris when I was a pastor in Wyoming but apparently this summer is a time of transition for both of us.I wanted to tackle a post by Dan Fincke at Camels with Hammers. He's been dedicating his blog to theists every Thursday by tackling a topic or posing a set of questions. I plan to examine three of those … [Read more...]

The Real Thomas B. Marsh Story

The historian John Hamer wrote a post at By Common Consent about the early Latter-day Saint Apostle Thomas B. Marsh back on July 1, 2009 . The post is titled "The Milk & Strippings Story, Thomas B. Marsh, and Brigham Young." Today's Sunday School lesson focused, in part, on the Thomas B. Marsh cream fable (I like Hamer's use of "fable").Here is a selection from John's BCC post:Thomas B. Marsh and his wife Elizabeth were baptized on September 3, 1830, and were therefore … [Read more...]

Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

I shared this video during the first lecture of American Heritage of Spring term 2010 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.The large lecture section applauded this video...not sure why my lectures didn't receive to same response. Oh, well. :)Happy Independence Day! … [Read more...]