New Testament Sunday School Lessons

God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

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Two Hour Block? Hallelujah! Oh Wait, Nevermind.

December 1, 2015
Two Hour Block?  Hallelujah!  Oh Wait, Nevermind.

Rumor was that a stake in Boston announced they would begin piloting a new two-hour block schedule in the coming year.  Throw in coffee & donuts, and allow for shorts, and we might be able to compete with all the surrounding megachurches in my community! There will be an “elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. […]

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Texts Before Sects

November 24, 2015
Texts Before Sects

As I’ve taught various classes at church, I’ve been struck by the similarities between frustrations expressed by teachers in using the church-approved materials with the frustrations of the Protestant reformers 500 years ago. One of the fundamental questions of the Protestant reformation was who should be reading and interpreting scripture:  the clergy or the congregation.  In Catholicism, the mass […]

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Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

November 10, 2015
Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

All is not well in Zion, folks.  Relax, I’m not going to attack anything more than what deserves to be called out.  I’m certainly not going to talk about church leaders either–they can speak for themselves on this as on all matters. Rather, let’s talk about ourselves, fellow Saints.  Let’s take a good look in the […]

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When in Romans . . .

September 29, 2015
When in Romans . . .

Last Sunday I substitute taught the Gospel Doctrine lesson on Romans, which is one of the most pivotal books in Christian scripture, inspiring Luther’s 95 Theses, and thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation.  A single lesson was not sufficient to do it justice, obviously, but there were a lot of interesting facts. [1]  For those who haven’t […]

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Unclean & Common

August 18, 2015
Unclean & Common

Would you eat a cherry that was in a bowl of cockroaches?  Would you eat a cherry if there was one cockroach in the bowl?  How much impurity is too much?  I had a boss years ago who would never eat anything at a potluck dinner because of her fear of food contamination. When we […]

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Sleeping through the Atonement

July 14, 2015
Sleeping through the Atonement

Sunday’s Gospel Doctrine lesson was about the twelve falling asleep during the atonement. Our teacher asked why they couldn’t do something as simple as stay awake, especially since they were supposed to be the cream of the crop, Jesus’ chosen. Matthew 26: 40:  “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto […]

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Topical Guide: Accursed

June 28, 2015
Topical Guide:  Accursed

I’ve been going through the Topical Guide looking for unusual meanings.  (See my posts on Abominable and Abhor.)  I came across an interesting verse, Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Paul wishes he were accursed from Christ?  What does that […]

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Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

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Women of the Bible: Phoebe

June 29, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Phoebe

Phoebe was a very trusted Christian missionary.  Church meetings were held in her home in Cenchreae.  Paul said she was a deacon in the church and a patron of many.  Because she was so trustworthy, the apostle Paul asked her to deliver a letter to the Roman church (Romans 16:1-2.)  She was a very important […]

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(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Women of the Bible: Anna

May 4, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Anna

Anna Anna was a very righteous woman.  She fasted and prayed so much that she had the gift of prophecy. She was known as a prophetess.  She was at least 84 years old when Christ was born.  She visited the temple often.  She was there when Mary and Joseph took Christ to the temple when […]

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Women of the Bible: Dorcas

April 11, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Dorcas

Since there has been much talk about Ordain Women, I thought it would be interesting to share some stories about Women of the Bible.  How did I get this idea?  Well, a few years ago, I mentioned a Book of Mormon story to my young children, and was surprised to learn that they had never heard it. […]

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Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Teaching in the Church as Illustrated by GIFs

December 17, 2013
Teaching in the Church as Illustrated by GIFs

My favorite church callings have always been teaching.  For all those who’ve taught church lessons, these GIFs will remind you of the good times, the bad times, and the amazing times.  Enjoy!

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Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

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A deeper look into the scriptures

August 24, 2011
A deeper look into the scriptures

The Sunday School curriculum is a success in one way — it does return us to the scriptures instead of commentaries or instead of the time when entire years could go by with minimal scriptural references (Ardis could give you links to those days). But …

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The Problem with Empathy

March 8, 2011
The Problem with Empathy

I have been undergoing some interesting cultural training as part of a work assignment.  Part of this training explores the continuum of inculcation that people undergo when they experience a new culture.  I found some very interesting parallels with how members of the church view those from other faiths or the process by which people […]

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Youth and Public Recognition: 145 Badges and Counting

March 6, 2011
Youth and Public Recognition: 145 Badges and Counting

NT SS Lesson #9 Included in NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9 is the following strange little story: Elder William R. Bradford of the Seventy once spoke with the bishop of a ward whose youth had worked to earn money for an activity. The bishop asked Elder Bradford if he would help the youth get some […]

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Miracles and Natural Law

February 27, 2011
Miracles and Natural Law

NT SS Lesson #7 Growing up as the daughter of a Protestant minister, I was well acquainted with many of the Biblical miracles. The parting of the Red Sea, the appearance of manna, the healing of the sick, walking on water, these were all supernatural occurrences which couldn’t be readily explained. I viewed these events […]

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