New Testament Sunday School Lessons

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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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

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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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 Comments »

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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Temple John: Where do the Fallen Go?

January 30, 2011
Temple John: Where do the Fallen Go?

NT SS Lesson #6 Apostles. This Sunday School lesson gives them a special cachet; a privileged status as special emissaries and powerful witnesses of the Savior. There is no mention of Judas, or William McLellin, of Richard R. Lyman, or even Peter. Though the lesson states that “many of those who heard Jesus failed to […]

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Spiritual Conversion: Pickles or French Fries?

January 23, 2011
Spiritual Conversion: Pickles or French Fries?

NT SS Lesson #5 It seems to me that whenever I’ve listened to a discussion of spiritual conversion in the Church, there have been two different and conflicting ways of describing the process. The first was made famous by Elder Bednar in his Conference talk of 2007, Ye Must be Born Again. In this talk, […]

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What if God was One of Us?

January 9, 2011
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NT SS Lesson #3 Welcome, once again, to the “Gospel Speculation” class. Since I am not a Ward Sunday School teacher, I am under no obligation to stick to the lesson manual or even stay true to the stated purpose of each lesson. Rather, I write these columns to entertain myself, and as motivation to […]

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

January 2, 2011
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

NT SS Lesson #2 In the year 4 BC (or thereabouts), Mary had a problem. She had been told that by the power of God she would conceive a child, who would be known as the Son of the Highest. She wasn’t told how to notify her family, her friends, or the man to whom […]

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