Faith and Knowledge Conference(s): Call for Papers and Past Experiences

Several years ago, a conference was organized by Richard Bushman, Terryl Givens, and several LDS graduate students. Concerned by perceptions of a general abandoning of faith among LDS grad students in religion-related fields, the conference's  focus was encapsulated in its title, Faith and Knowledge. … [Read more...]

Thoughts on wrestling with lesson prep, the manual, and teaching the teachers.

Over at FaithPromotingRumor, TT analyzes a collection of statements from various manuals about using "outside" materials in  preparing lessons.That's something I've wanted to do for a while, because I've  suspected that Church materials  are not entirely consistent with their directives about this. At one extreme is the unsigned Church News article (the authority of which can be debated), which more or less states that you can't even use uncorrelated materials to prepare a lesson and that "E … [Read more...]

Liveblogging Priesthood Session

Patheos will liveblog Priesthood Session on Saturday night. (Coverage of the apparently mandatory pre-session ice-cream/testosterone gathering  will not be provided.) As for previous conferences, short bios and near-instant identification of quoted scriptures will be embedded into the liveblogging.Check it out here. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast #35- Amos

This podcast is long delayed and the first podcast on Isaiah has been written already. Various things have prevented me from posting it so far. General Conference this weekend gives me a chance to catch up, so I'll try to post several podcasts in the next 7 days.[audio:]Right-click here to save mp3TranscriptNotes to follow later. Look for a (u) in the title (for "updated".) … [Read more...]

“How long have you been eighteen?” “Fifteen years”- Local Mormon vampires

A friend of mine wrote and acted in this, and it won a local LDS video contest. It's got some New York insider jokes and references (Duck Beach is a non-Church-sponsored "Mormon Spring Break" for example.) Plus it has my cousin Colette in it.When it came out, I'd been thinking about vampires and Mormons, and recruited Heidi Harris to write this great bit on Mormon vampires. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast 34- Hosea

Edit: Some people are reporting errors, for others it's working. Please leave a comment or send me an email with the error message so we can get it fixed. If the links below don't work, try downloading from this alternate link.[audio:](Right-click and save here to download.)Opening clip: Loreena McKennit, "Marco Polo."Transcript Notes and references … [Read more...]

Responses and follow-ups to KLS on teaching sexuality (updated)

Lots of people have read Kathryn Soper's excellent article on teaching sexuality to the youth (particularly the young women) in the last few days. In fact, it's the highest-viewed article at Patheos in the last week, in spite of being posted on Wednesday.Several blogs have posted their own responses or lengthy comments, and I think those are worth linking to. I'll update this as more links appear in our googleanalytics page. … [Read more...]

Jonah- the Insufficiency of the New Testament Argument

Other than tradition that Jonah is historical, there is the New Testament argument. This argument is fairly common and made by non-LDS as well as LDS, but on examination, I think it's insufficient to prove what its proponents claim. This also applies, by the way, to Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt (Luke 17:32), and Job (D&C 121:10).What's really at stake here? Not much, I think, but perhaps an opportunity to break down a wall. Most often, I've seen the New Testament argument used … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast 33- Jonah (u)

[audio: ](Right-click and save here to download.)Openining clip: Loreena McKennit, "Marco Polo."Transcript (I ad libbed a bit more this time.)Notes and references: … [Read more...]

“When the Bishop called and asked me to upload my talk last week…”

The Church is moving pretty quickly on new tech. New with snazzy maps and picture uploading. New LEED-certified meetinghouses. But I want an "iPulpit" :) This is a real product from Little Mountain Productions, and they call it the iPodium. I don't care so much what it's called. iWantOne (but don't even own an iPad and probably won't for the foreseeable future.) I could give my talk AND control some nice overheads onto the screen behind me at Church. Seriously, if we can have visuals in … [Read more...]