Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28- 1 Kings 17-19

First of all, thanks to all of you who have contributed in one way or another. It's greatly appreciated, and I will keep blogging.Second, Patheos' admin has been down for several days for various kinds of updates. There are some changes on the back end, so if you notice anything quirky or something is not working, let me know.Third, these are some of my favorite chapters. Elijah and his fiery talents inspired our creative fire-building on many a scout trip, and even managed to get the … [Read more...]

The State of the Blog: A Quasi-Important Post

The continued existence of this blog is in question.As I’ve gone through the science coursework, volunteering, MCAT study, and such to apply to medical school, a surprising number of people have commented to me along the lines of “it’s too bad. We need your voice. How much can you write or teach in medical school, or as a doctor?” And the answer is, not much to none at all, at least for the next eight years. I have generally agreed; I want to write, you want to read, right? But, five years in … [Read more...]

The World of Isaiah and Jeremiah: Israelite Faith Crises (A Fireside)


As promised, here's a blurb for this Sunday's fireside.The World of Isaiah and Jeremiah: Israelite Faith CrisesSunday July 20, 7pm, Penman building in E. Jacksonville, Fl.I'd been planning a fireside about Israelite history but was looking for a good unifying theme/application. And then I read this post.We'll be talking about some Israelite history and background in the time of Isaiah and then Jeremiah that created faith crises, and draw application from those to modern … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: 1Ki 12-14, 2 Chr 17:1-10 & 20:1-30 (Updated!)

First off, this lesson is coming in two parts. The first part is below. I've got to get up early tomorrow for some travel, but I wanted to post this. I'll try to type the second part (some principles about Solomon's temple and revelation in general) while traveling, and get it added to  the bottom of the post early afternoon. So, check back. The second part has been added.This is where the golden age United Kingdom of David splits into the Divided Kingdom, and things generally start going … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 26: King Solomon, 1 Kings 3-11

Stele with hands upraised in prayer and worship to a representation of the moon, found at Hazor.

We skip chapters to move into Kings today, but I'd like to recap the history.David had virtually passed sentence upon himself and his house in 2Sa 12:5-6, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;  he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity." (NRS)When Nathan says to him, "Now the LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die" he's not absolving him of adultery and murder per se (as the JST would take it), as much as … [Read more...]

Update and Notes: Podcast Transcripts, Holy Land posts, and Jacksonville Fireside in mid-July

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I took the MCAT this week, and anticipate having more time to write now. Several notes:First, it was brought to my attention that while my podcast files and posts are still there, the transcripts are not. This link is a zip file of all the podcast transcripts I've been able to locate. (Breanne, I've found more than you received previously.)Second, I've added a dedicated page for my Genesis book, with more details, translation samples, and short linked bibliography.  I've also started … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 25- Psalms


Psalms is one of those many books we have a strong tradition... of ignoring.  Yet, said President Benson, "The psalms in the Old Testament have a special food for the soul of one in distress." Besides being a good source of peaceful meditation, spirituality, and poetry (and occasional challenges), Psalms is one of the most-often quoted books in the New Testament. Psalm 110, in fact, is the most alluded-to passage in the New Testament. The other two books quoted most often are Deuteronomy and … [Read more...]

Short Gospel Doctrine lesson 24- 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51

Artist's depiction of David looking NE over the Kidron Valley.

First, take a look at my separate post on Psalm 51. Second, here is my podcast on these chapters. I strongly recommend taking a listen/look, because it's the counterbalance to what is below. … [Read more...]