Christianity 101, BoM Style 2

Another little doorway into Christianity lies, I think, in the second of the three enumerated purposes of the BoM and particularly in the phrase I have underlined:that [the remnant of the House of Israel] may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off foreverAs I was looking into this, I discovered something interesting:  in many web citations this particular purpose is completely missing or truncated, as you see … [Read more...]

Christianity 101, BoM Style

Tis the start of the New Year, and therefore the start of a new lesson cycle for those of us who serve as teachers in church.  What to do, what to do, we think.  A class participant who is 48 years old may have heard the lessons we are supposed to present some ten or so times!  And this year the Sunday School lesson cycle is the Book of Mormon, which most people can actually read if they try, so it’s not like we’re going to surprise anyone with some new verses about the theological insights of th … [Read more...]

Mizuko Kuyō (abortion)

During my recent perambulations through various sacred texts searching out how major spiritual traditions claim to handle violence I ran onto a short report on a Japanese Buddhist ritual called mizuko kuyō. This is something of a memorial service for aborted children. There are about a million abortions each year in Japan. For purposes of comparison, I think there are about 1.5 million abortions each year in the U.S., while our population is about double that of Japan.Since most Buddhist … [Read more...]

Pharisees, Scribes, and Modern Disciples

In TYD’s post below, “A Prophet is Only a Prophet When…,” one of the commenters, identified as Jeremiah Rush, left the following thoughts:If the Jesus as described in the new testament existed today, he would assert the mormons (and most of christianity) are like unto the ‘pharisees, scribes, and hypocrits.’ Monson as a “prophet?” A penthouse on temple square, wool suits (a wolf in sheep’s clothing), driving around in limos, having his picture in millions of people’s homes, etc–certainly not li … [Read more...]

Brand Spanking New

Like many Christians I like to read and re-read Romans 5-8. Paul uses very vivid imagery to portray both sin and grace as powers that can exercise dominion over human life. Death and the law are likewise rendered in apocalyptic terms. These chapters come to something of a climax in Rom 8:33 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the just … [Read more...]

The Always Placid Mormons

...is how we are described by the Catholic blogger who writes as "The Anchoress." I read her pretty much daily. On the whole, she's usually a refreshing combination of entertainment, spiritual insight, and wisdom. My kinda person, and especially so since I teach from within her tradition.It's always interesting to find out how you're viewed by others. And I don't mind being "always placid." If, through this Proposition 8 tempest, one of the labels that sticks to us is "placid," it won't … [Read more...]

No Time

The 20th comment on David Clark's "Mormon Anxieties" post comments that the request to support a "yes" on Proposition 8 was "time sensitive." After comparing this to President Hinckley's recent directive to read the BoM before the beginning of the year, this same author writes "we didn’t have the luxury of weeks and months to 'gain a testimony' of it."There are instances where we must react based without detailed thought. For example, those who use firearms regularly in their line of work r … [Read more...]

The Pre 4 November Gun Thread

I am Mogget the Exegete and, as I have already exercised due diligence in the Quadrennial Varmint Detection and Selection Exercise, it's time to prepare for the Day.First, I'd like to introduce the newest member of my household:Is she pretty, or what?  That's the SA 1911 EMP.  My CC should be coming in soon, too.  It'll make an unusual, if not unique, fashion statement in RS, or it would if anyone were to see it.  But we gotta be mindful of what the first "C" is for, eh!And … [Read more...]


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