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...]

I Desire to Dwell Among This People

In 1219 Francis of Assisi traveled to Damietta, Egypt, in order to convert Sultan Malek al-Kamel and avoid the Fifth Crusade.  He did not baptize the sultan but he did work out a peace treaty which was later rejected by his fellow Christians.  He also spend time in Egypt and in the Holy Land ministering to the needy regardless of creed.After Francis returned he drew up a Rule for those who were to join him as Franciscans.  This document is called the First Rule, or, because it was … [Read more...]

Religiously Motivated Coverups

And you thought I was going to say something about Mountain Meadows, right?Nope.  I am not feeling serious today. … [Read more...]

A Particle of Faith

I sometimes hear folks at church distinguish themselves from other Christians by asserting a difference between the LDS “I know that…” and the non-LDS “I believe that… The former, it is implied, is the stronger and therefore the better faith. At the level of individual intent, I am not sure that such is the case. But the real issue is a bit of a misunderstanding about the effectiveness of faith.The efficacy of faith does not depend on its fervor, but on the trustworthiness of its object. It … [Read more...]


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