Old Testament Sunday School Lessons

Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

March 30, 2014
Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

This guest post comes from Morgan Deane.  He blogs at Warfare and the Book of Mormon as well as The Arsenal of Venice. I just got out of the movie Noah, and it certainly left a great deal on my mind. With some Christians having issues with the movie I thought it would be wise […]

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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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“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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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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Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

October 1, 2013
Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

There are many stories that could easily vie for the title of Scariest Story in the Bible, but I’d like to make a case for the story of the Tower of Babel.  In this story, the people on earth desire to build a tower tall enough to go straight into heaven.  They band together in […]

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Society, The World, and Being Not of It

February 5, 2013
Society, The World, and Being Not of It

Daniel faced a serious problem.  Darius the king had been tricked by his princes into outlawing prayer.  But Daniel felt beholden to pray to his God.  The society in which he lived restricted his personal freedoms more than his religious society did.  In fact, his religious community went underground due to the persecutions and restrictions of the […]

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The Plan of Asherah

January 22, 2013
The Plan of Asherah

Quite some time ago I read Kevin Barney’s excellent article he wrote for Dialogue:  “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven Without Getting Excommunicated.”  One of his references was a book by archaeologist, William Dever, called “Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel” which I just finished reading.  The gist of the […]

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Adam & Eve: Weekend Poll

August 18, 2012
Adam & Eve:  Weekend Poll

. . . and who is this Steve guy? Discuss.

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Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

September 13, 2011
Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

My son’s recent experience in early morning seminary caused me to look a little more closely at the church’s stance (or perhaps lack thereof) on evolution.  While teaching about the book of Genesis, his teacher made a few claims: that she is not descended from monkeys that the earth is literally 6,000 years old that evolution contradicts the […]

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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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How Long is the 11th Hour??

December 26, 2010
How Long is the 11th Hour??

OT SS Lesson #48 Ever since Malachi 3 (ca 455 BC?), covenant Israel has been waiting for the coming of the Lord. Lest any Christian mistake that Old Testament prophecy of the coming of the Lord in glory was fulfilled in the meridian of time, Christ himself taught that he would return and would at […]

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The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

December 5, 2010
The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

OT SS Lesson #47 Any Mormon worth his salt knows that scripture is meant to be “likened” unto ourselves. Latter-day Saints from Joseph Smith to the most recently-called missionary have cheerfully wrested scriptures from their context and misapplied the prophecies to their own lives. One might be tempted to urge caution when so doing, but […]

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Daniel, Muggles, and Millennial Politics

November 21, 2010
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OT SS Lesson #46 Well, who doesn’t think of the Old Testament Daniel while watching Daniel Radcliffe perform his role as the famous Harry Potter? Young boy is taken away from his home to enter a fantastical world he never knew existed – Check. Along with other elite youth, he is instructed in the wisdom […]

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Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

November 14, 2010
Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

OT SS Lesson #45 If there still exists anyone in the greater world of Mormon blogs who thinks I am writing these Old Testament posts as a resource for Sunday lessons and not for my own simple entertainment, this one should surely disabuse them. Let me start out all faith-promoting, though, and I’ll degenerate as […]

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River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

November 7, 2010
River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

OT SS Lesson #44 Here’s a section from our manual this week: Ask class members questions similar to the following: Have you ever been excited while watching a sporting event or some other kind of entertainment? Have you ever been so excited at such an event that you stood and shouted or cheered? Can you […]

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Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

October 31, 2010
Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

OT SS Lesson #43 When my now-returned-missionary daughter was in second grade, her class had a Halloween party. I sent her to school in a little blue Sleeping Beauty princess costume. As the teacher was setting up for the party, one of the students informed her that she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that […]

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You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

October 24, 2010
You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

OT SS Lesson #42 For a complete understanding of the Book of Jeremiah, one must keep in mind three different time periods. The first is that to which Jeremiah is ostensibly referring: his own. In this history, Jeremiah describes the rise of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar in the 600′s BC, the fall of Jerusalem, the deportation […]

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Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

October 17, 2010
Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

OT SS Lesson #41 Did you know that the Prophet Jeremiah and I have a lot in common? You can read about it in Chapter 19. The Lord tells Jeremiah to get a clay jar and go to the East Gate of Jerusalem. Then he throws it down, breaking it into little pieces, and warning […]

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His Hand is Stretched Out Still

October 11, 2010
His Hand is Stretched Out Still

For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. OT SS Lesson #36 When you read the words of the prophet Isaiah that [the Lord's] hand is stretched out still, does it give you comfort, or does it cause you to tremble? The phrase is a picturesque one, […]

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