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July 03, 2017
A Letter for My Someday-Teenage Children
I write all of this to you, my kids-who-are-probably-too-young-to-make-it-through-this-entire-letter, to explain my commitment to Mormonism,...
April 21, 2017
First-Order Myopia: What Donald Trump Can Learn from Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith's life was cut short because he failed to look beyond first-order consequences. Trump...
April 08, 2017
Mormon Illustration and the Burden of History – 1 of 2
In his book Miracles, C.S. Lewis dwells for a peculiarly long time on the Ascension...
June 23, 2016
Review: The Mormon Jesus
Perhaps my devotional life’s greatest flaw is that I forget about Jesus. Intellectually, of course, I...
March 02, 2016
Wait, What Is The White Horse Prophecy?
Americans rarely unilaterally agree on anything, but there has risen one important break from that...
November 08, 2015
Mistakes in Mormonism; or Why the Church Handbook isn’t Doctrine
By Gary Ashcroft Let me preface my comments with a few statements. I am Mormon....
October 16, 2015
The 5 Best References to Mormonism in the History of Television
So that Quantico show debuted a little while back. It's a show about FBI agents...
September 03, 2015
Death, Sealing Power, and “Trusting into Transformation”
[Preliminary note: This is the first of two posts relaying insights from a few years...
August 13, 2015
Matt Bowman and Ben Park Talk Seer Stones On RadioWest
For the lucky few vacationing in isolated corners of the world without internet access,...
August 07, 2015
A Review and a Farewell: Of Manuscripts and Seer Stones
I've been, as Mormons say, "less active" here at the blog for the past few...
December 19, 2014
Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 3
A couple of weeks ago, I participated---by Skype---in the launch event for the newest Documents...
November 05, 2014
Consecrating the widow’s mite
The Filipino widow’s mite The widow’s mite is a poignant story, but one in which...
June 09, 2014
Kirtland Temple: An Excerpt from the Book
On June 2, the University of Illinois Press released my first book, Kirtland Temple: The...
May 29, 2014
On Translation Theories and the Interpretation of the Book of Mormon
Since Blake Ostler's landmark article appeared in Dialogue in 1987, there's been something of a...
October 30, 2013
There’s So Much to Do, Outside the Ivory Tower!
I am an independent scholar. Not independently wealthy unfortunately – I have to earn my...
July 08, 2013
“My mom is watching me,” my son’s six year-old friend Jared confided. Jared and my...
May 20, 2013
Joseph Smith the Seeker and Same-sex Marriage: The Community of Christ Negotiating Change
The Community of Christ’s April 2013 USA National Conference in Independence, Missouri resoundingly approved...
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