About: ethesis

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Profile: I was born in 1955, married, father of five girls, three of whom are now deceased. You can find out more about me at http://adrr.com/ my personal website or at my blog, http://ethesis.blogspot.com/. I was one of the original bloggers at Mormon Matters and was please to be invited to blog here at Wheat & Tares.

Posts by ethesis:

    I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

    May 1, 2016
    I have not abandoned you, you have abandoned me

    This is a guest post for reflection this Sunday. Years ago, I had a Girl Scout troop when my daughter was very young. I think they are called Daisies at that age. There were many more girls interested than we had parents who could volunteer. There was another daisy troop that same year but they met one evening […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 39 Comments »

    The Church and …

    April 29, 2016
    The Church and …

    A few years ago, when sexual assaults and the Church and other things were being discussed, I had three things happen. First, under the auspices of the local JRCLS, Mark Romney prepared and trained local leaders on mandatory reporting.  No ifs, ands or buts.  You must report and how to do it immediately.  Mark, now […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

    Compassion, Gaslighting and You

    April 20, 2016
    Compassion, Gaslighting and You

    On creating the wrong perception. My blogging hiatus at Wheat and Tares came about when I was trying to write on being heard and avoiding the perception that the speaker was mentally ill.  I eventually gave up on the project, because I couldn’t wrap it into a post.  Well, I think I found a way to […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

    Memory, Simplification and Lies

    April 10, 2016
    Memory, Simplification and Lies

    Thinking about the following made me understand why I react the way I do to people who insist that any simplification of a narrative is a lie.  In addition, because I do not have visual memories the way many people do, and am an abstract rather than a concrete thinker, I don’t deal in details […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 82 Comments »

    A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

    April 7, 2016
    A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

    We talk a fair amount about Wheat and Tares, but sometimes we need to talk about beans and wheat. I’m sharing a guest post on the topic of monoculture wheat (“Monocots”), standing in rows and tangled beans (“Dicots”), growing and giving back at the same time. Here is the guest post by Amateur Parent: I […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

    How do we meet expectations?

    March 31, 2016
    How do we meet expectations?

    Introduction “We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out. … and We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know […]

    Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, Joseph Smith, leadership | 49 Comments »

    The implications of eternal polyandry and other things

    March 24, 2016
    The implications of eternal polyandry and other things

    Not what you expected? But seriously.  If 107 boys are born for every 100 girls, and given infant mortality and other factors, there will be more men than women in the hereafter.  Which means that rather than those who are not married in this life looking forward to some sort of eternal polygamy, they are […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 35 Comments »

    Of Brazen Serpents and Golden Calves

    March 10, 2016
    Of Brazen Serpents and Golden Calves

    He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made … It is interesting to compare brass serpents and golden calves and other things.  By taking the two different images  that were raised it, it lets me compare and contrast […]

    Posted in Agency | 13 Comments »

    What is Omnipotence?

    March 4, 2016
    What is Omnipotence?

    We often talk of God being all powerful or omnipotent, but there is a wide range of what Omnipotence can mean in a religion. At the broadest margins, God is powerful enough to embrace and create paradox.  God can both create a weight so heavy he cannot lift it and lift the weight.  Or, in […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

    Why didn’t someone tell me — Brigham Young and Prophecy

    February 25, 2016
    Why didn’t someone tell me — Brigham Young and Prophecy

    Brigham Young had four defining characteristics when it came to the things he said in public: Hyperbole.  He used it as a rhetorical style, and used it as hyperbole. Logic.  Much of what he said he would describe as pure logic or “kenning.” When asked he would state that there wasn’t any revelation to it […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

    Generic Podcast …

    February 18, 2016
    Generic Podcast …

    Before you read this, recognize that there are some excellent, excellent podcasts out there. That said, you can wrap up a lot of podcasts by just plugging in the following review: They complained that the church should make people uncomfortable. Too many liberals at church who need to buck up and get a grip about […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

    Pathological Human Behavior

    February 12, 2016
    Pathological Human Behavior

    Introduction There are about five or six pathological social responses in human behavior.  I began paying attention to them when I was dealing with dispute resolution and then when I became friends with the late Dr. Elgin.  They show up in a number of contexts, and you can identify factions by which pathology they embrace. […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

    Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

    February 4, 2016
    Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

    Recently I ran across a thread that discussed some potential Ensign articles that would help address some common criticisms or answer questions. That seemed to make a great concept for a post and a place to invite reader input. I’d invite your posting/commenting what you would like to see addressed in the “I have a […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

    An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

    January 25, 2016
    An Anglican/Episcopalian version of “the policy” issue

    January 19, 2016 Dear Bishop Sumner: I read with interest your remarks regarding the Primates’ meeting. There were two phrases that you used that especially struck me as rather insensitive when it comes to LGBT people – especially those here in Dallas where you were selected to serve. The first is your comment that our […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

    Interview with Jerilyn Hassell Pool

    January 21, 2016
    Interview with  Jerilyn Hassell Pool

    Welcome to the interview series Ms. Jerilyn Hassell Pool. You are famous in some circles and others haven’t ever heard of you. Can you give our readers a quick thumbnail of how you came to be LDS (your short family history) and how that affected where you are now? I was born to a Mormon […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

    Interview with Mary Ann

    January 14, 2016
    Interview with Mary Ann

    We’ve added a new permablogger and I thought an interview would make a great introduction:   What is your background in the church? What were influential factors that shaped your view? I grew up in a mainstream Mormon household in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a lot of Mormon pioneer ancestry (7th-generation Mormon from […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

    Three things

    January 7, 2016
    Three things

    My father-in-law died and had his funeral this Tuesday.  I was asked to write a talk for his funeral (about a month before he died).  They ended up not using it. The had the stake president deliver a plan of salvation talk instead. Worse, he did a brilliant job, turns out that he is a […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

    December 24, 2015
    Why didn’t anyone tell me — about literal interpretation vs. reality

    Many people claim to believe “literally” in the Bible. More or less. They read it as God speaking to them, often in the “original English” (to quote a school board debate). But if we start with the creation story, it turns out no one literally believes in the Bible. After all, the literal story in […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

    Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

    December 19, 2015
    Interview with Natasha Helfer Parker

    Tell our readers who you are and how you came to the LDS Church. My name is Natasha Helfer Parker. I am a Marriage & Family Therapist, a Sex Therapist, a blogger, podcast host, knitter, wife and mother of 4. My parents converted to the church when I was about 5 years old. They were […]

    Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

    To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

    December 17, 2015
    To Build The Kingdom of God — A Guest Post by Jenny Shunn

    Jenny Shunn/Ewing gave a talk in Sacrament meeting that was very touching. She graciously agreed to allow me to share her talk, but she worked from an outline (“Mom always told me not to read my talk”), and I was not focused on taking notes instead of listening. So here is the outline. For what […]

    Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 12 Comments »

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