Is Mormonism Congruent with Christianity?

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By Terryl Givens Mormonism’s status as a Christian faith, and its exact relationship to Christianity, continue to be subjects of long-standing dispute. As prominent scholar Sydney Ahlstrom remarked of Mormonism in his celebrated Religious History of the American People, “One cannot even be sure if the object of our consideration is a sect, a mystery [Read More...]

An Invitation to Taste and See this Advent Season

The sacred anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmastide often seem dimmed and fraught for leaders in the Church because they can’t imagine a new way to come at those familiar stories and themes. In her new book, Taste & See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas, spiritual director Jan Johnson offers a [Read More...]

Chuck Swindoll’s Abraham: A Book Review

Abraham. A major figure in three of the world’s major faiths, this quite ordinary man from the Early Bronze Age (circa 2000 BC) touches us (including many who don’t know him) in many unexpected ways. His life doesn’t stand as removed from us as we think. Many outside the West (or First World) live very [Read More...]

Advent as Sensation and Immersion: A Review of “Taste & See”

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Advent devotionals are among my absolutely most favorite things in the world. Each year, as the crisp breezes of fall give way to the sharper chills of winter, I begin my search. For weeks, I browse the shelves of local bookstores, traipse the digital trails of Google and Amazon, and ask friends for recommendations. Last [Read More...]

Abraham as Archetype, Abraham as Man

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As an academic, I am pretty much required by contract to embrace complexity: to be of scholarly (i.e., publishable) caliber, any argument forwarded must be nuanced; a literature review must incorporate a diversity of perspectives; the opposition viewpoint should always be acknowledged. In fact, what I often find to be the real beauty of academic [Read More...]

Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes: A Book Review

Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth, written by Sarah Jakes (daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes), is a devotional centered on the story of Ruth designed to inspire women facing discouragement to have greater strength and faith while they await their moment of “collision” with the destiny God has planned for them. [Read More...]

God and the Gay Christian: An Evangelical Response

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I liked “God and the Gay Christian” because it got me more engaged with my faith, inspired me to think, and pushed me to seek out the knowledge and the wisdom to better articulate my beliefs about the biblical position on gay marriage. [Read more...]


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