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April 06, 2017
Trump Should Learn from Andrew Jackson: Keep Church Out of State
Trump can learn from his hero and reject a fusion of Church and State. Among...
January 11, 2016
Narnia, the Solstice, and Heaven
I. Some of my fascination with The Last Battle, the last in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles...
December 03, 2015
The “Thoughts and Prayers” Backlash is Deserved
After so many shootings this year, it just feels like nothing is ever going to...
November 20, 2015
Finding Hope From The Westboro Baptist Church
For years, the Westboro Baptist Church have been synonymous with bigotry. I learned this when...
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...
July 16, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 2 of 3)
This is part 2 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In...
April 10, 2015
The Problem with “Conscience”
The last time a state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) made news, I argued that...
October 05, 2014
Junia The Apostle and Mormonism’s Priesthood
Most Mormons don’t know it yet, but Romans 16:7, "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives...
August 22, 2014
What do we mean by “Another Testament”?
Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however,...
November 19, 2013
Why Do Americans Love Pope Francis?
The other day, I was talking to my students about how the press has been...
September 18, 2013
We Are Special!: Religion, Historical Memory, and Regional Identity
Over the last week I’ve been re-reading Carol F. Karlsen’s book on witchcraft in Puritan...
August 13, 2013
A Review of Darren Wilson’s “Finding God in the Bible”
"Read any commentary and it'll pretty much explain the symbolism. My question is much, much...
July 16, 2013
Dan Brown’s “Inferno”: An Eternal Return
I just finished reading Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest book. I’m no expert on Brown, though...
April 24, 2013
“Matt and Me (But Mostly Me)”*: A Conversation about _The Book of Mormon_ on Broadway
The Book of Mormon, the musical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and...
February 04, 2013
“It’s like Methodism, only more”: Mormon Conversion and Narratives of the Great Apostasy
A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School, a middle-aged woman shared her conversion story...
November 29, 2012
Mormon Supplemental Worship
I've long held an interest in Mormons who supplement their weekly worship in Latter-day Saint...
November 11, 2012
Latter Day Conversions: Divided Families and Reconciled Relationships
As a twenty-year old leader in my college youth group, I was asked one day...
August 06, 2012
What It Means to Be Christian
So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great...
June 12, 2012
The Divine Doctor
For the last few years, some of the world’s most interesting Mormon theology has been...
May 30, 2012
The Limits of Mormon Assimilation
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