Gospel Doctrine Podcast 26- 1 Kings 3-11 (updated)

Lesson 26: 1 Kings 3-11Having technical issues with the plugin at the moment, but if you click on the download link below, it will open and play without downloading. Download link is now visible again, and here's the direct link to the audio file. http://media.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/Media/MormonPodcastLesson26.mp3Right-click here to download. Transcript link [opening clip by Loreena McKennit, "Marco Polo"] Notes and References … [Read more...]

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The First and Great Commandment

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" asked the Pharisees.Jesus answered,  "Thou Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”I like this exchange between Jesus and his detractors quite a lot.  I like that Jesus has given us one unifying concept for all … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23: “The Lord Be Between Thee and Me For Ever”

One of the most famous stories of the Old Testament includes the account of David killing the Philistine Goliath.  This event serves as an important segue to Lesson 23 in the Sunday School curriculum for the Old Testament.  This lesson covers the origins of the Davidic monarchy and king Saul’s fall from divine favor.  From a literary perspective, David’s victory over Goliath served an important political purpose in terms of the book of Samuel.The material from 1 Samuel 8 through 2 Samuel 8 fo … [Read more...]

Mr. Blanchard Was Right – Failure is Inevitable

Science appeals to me because of its ability to identify objective truths.  You can describe something true about carbon in a way that’s much harder to do about a novel or a painting.  But although I like science, I’m not a math person -  I studied biology in college because it let me learn science while mostly avoiding equations.  So it took a special teacher to make me like a really math-oriented science like physics.  Mr. Blanchard (I changed his name), my high school physics teacher, was able … [Read more...]

Is God Omnipotent?

Timothy Ferris concludes his book on cosmology, The Whole Shebang, with a "Contrarian Theological Afterword."  Here, he writes that if God is omnipotent, then He must have free will.  And if so, He was free to make the universe in any conceivable way.  But if God was constrained in some way in making the universe, for example if He could only make it in the most reasonable way, or a way that promoted human existence, then God can’t be all-powerful.  To punctuate his argument, Ferris quotes … [Read more...]

Podcast on Gospel Doctrine lesson 21- 1 Samuel 1-3, 8

Another one! We just keep coming. As always, if you like it, share it. Tell your Gospel Doctrine teacher, your family, those poor people stuck in Primary and Nursery who crave mental stimulation, etc.....Right-click to download here.Here are the notes and references which turn out to be relatively short today. They may not make much sense without the podcast itself. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast lesson 20- Ruth!

Hit play above, or right click here to download.I present for your intellectual stimulation... Ruth. And it's a good one. By skipping lessons 18-19, I hope our podcasts now match up with most lesson schedules.See below for notes and references. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast, Lessons 16-17

(If you're coming from LDS.org or the RSS feed, please click here for the proper post. Edit: I see that breaks the Podcast plugin. Stay here, then.)Handy dandy player! Just click play! To download the mp3, right-click here and choose "save link as"I'm still working on issues of settings and audio quality, as well as production times. The next podcast will cover Ruth (Lesson 20), and is already written and being recorded. Look for it later today or Monday.Podcast notes and references … [Read more...]

A problem with the LDS solution to the Problem of Evil?

There are a few problems with the Mormon solution to the problem of evil. I'm not saying I disbelieve possible LDS solutions, but only to say they don't come without downsides, however slight. First I'll describe the problem of evil (over-simplistically) then I'll address a problem with the LDS response. … [Read more...]

PH/RS Lesson 6: The Fall

I was asked to substitute teach for Priesthood recently. I feel that the boundaries and goals of Priesthood/Relief Society/Gospel Doctrine, which I don’t teach very often, are narrower than those of Institute, which I’ve taught for a long time.  As with all Church lessons, it is light-exegesis-pressed-into-inspirational-service. Preparation was different and more difficult than usual, but here’s how it went. I began by handing everyone slips with these two quotes, which we read."We set up assum … [Read more...]


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