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Finding the deep text

August 21, 2016
Finding the deep text

A spiritual experience related by many is encounters with the “deep text.” In scripture reading that comes when someone is reading and encounters a passage or a series of chapters with intense meaning, puts down a book mark and when they go back to read that section again, finds that the reading they completed is […]

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“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

August 18, 2016
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

I recently visited the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia which houses one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting in the world. As I wandered through the corridors of Renoirs and Matisses, I felt my heart expand, as it often does in the presence of such abundant beauty. I was particularly captivated by the portraits the […]

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Ely: A Cathedral for Women

August 18, 2016
Ely: A Cathedral for Women

In keeping with tradition (see my previous posts on Bath Abbey and York Minster), this year we visited Ely Cathedral. Ely is a small city in the heart of the fens in the east of England. The cathedral sits at the heart of the city of Ely, which grew up around it. Amongst other things, […]

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About Korihor and the real lesson …

August 18, 2016
About Korihor and the real lesson …

There has been a lot of discussion about Korihor and Alma and what lessons we might learn. I would suggest that if we actually read the story, rather than read into it, we learn some important things. First, Alma gains his moral authority because in his preaching he “recieve[s] no gain.”  That is, “I have […]

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The Gospel as Hospital or Hospice?

August 11, 2016
The Gospel as Hospital or Hospice?

An elderly woman in our ward recently passed away. I visited her in a hospice before she died. Her room at the hospice overlooked a garden with floor to ceiling windows open to the summer breeze. She was the only patient in a spacious, decorated room filled with comfortable furniture for family and friends to […]

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Eliza R. Snow – Rorschach Test

August 11, 2016
Eliza R. Snow – Rorschach Test

Ask yourself the following question. Was Eliza R. Snow: 1.  The first LDS proto-feminist? 2.  A complete servant of the patriarchy? 3.  Proof that Joseph Smith consummated all of his marriages? 4.  Proof that Joseph Smith only consummated one marriage? 5.  Or was she someone or something else? Your answers, and the answers of many […]

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Worshiping the God of the Gaps

August 4, 2016
Worshiping the God of the Gaps

“God of the gaps” is a pejorative term used to describe the naive beliefs of creationists who interpret gaps in scientific knowledge as evidence of the existence of God. Richard Dawkins wrote: “Creationists eagerly seek a gap in present-day knowledge or understanding. If an apparent gap is found, it is assumed that God, by default, […]

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Talking about Prescription v. Description

August 4, 2016
Talking about Prescription v. Description

Prescription is saying what should be. Description is illustrating what is. Prescription is the choice of strategic balances. Description is the analysis of the elements. Description works well with tactics. Prescription belongs to strategy. I think we too often mistake the one for the other. I enjoy description. I am not good at prescription. So […]

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How to Make a Mormon’s Head Explode

July 30, 2016
How to Make a Mormon’s Head Explode

In case you missed it, there was a kerfuffle a couple days ago concerning the use of the LDS church’s familiar “CTR” shield on packaging for condoms. Planned Parenthood of Utah (PPAU) issued the special run of condoms with a bright pink CTR shield for the Sunstone Symposium, currently underway in Salt Lake City. PPAU said […]

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Being Called of God — Guest Post

July 29, 2016
Being Called of God  — Guest Post

By Rosalie Stone. Rosalie Stone is an ordinance worker in the Seattle temple for the summer and has held church callings in ten different countries. I am grateful to be able to share this guest post as a part of my efforts to interject devotional and inspirational material from time to time as I have with […]

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The Intoxication of Worship

July 28, 2016
The Intoxication of Worship

A few summers ago I visited Jerusalem. I hadn’t been very keen on it because I thought Israel was a desolate land of hatred and fundamentalism, certainly no place to waste a vacation on. But my wife convinced me that I would enjoy it and that it would give me a new perspective on the scriptures. Little did […]

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What is the church, what is the gospel?

July 21, 2016
What is the church, what is the gospel?

Years ago I was discussing the church, and it hit me: The church is more like a sailing regatta than anything else. When you sail, it is extremely rare for a sailing vessel, or a collection of them, to sail directly for the goal.  Instead, they adjust for the wind, the currents and for the […]

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I Know that My Vindicator Liveth

July 21, 2016
I Know that My Vindicator Liveth

The word “Redeemer” in the Book of Job could be more accurately translated as “Vindicator.” When Job cries out “I know that my Vindicator liveth” he is defending himself from the accusations of his friends who think he is guilty of sins which have led to his sufferings. It is a poetic way of saying “One […]

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Revealing the Truth Behind Polygamy?

July 14, 2016
Revealing the Truth Behind Polygamy?

There’s a fun headline from a Southern Utah news station today, “Cousin to Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith reveals truth behind polygamy.” Apparently the descendants of one of Joseph Smith’s cousins, Jesse N. Smith, are having a big family reunion later this month in Orem, Utah, and inviting the media to attend. “It is the […]

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“They All Mock Me”

July 14, 2016
“They All Mock Me”

This post is dedicated to all those who feel compelled to speak out on issues which may be unpopular, or in difficult times. I enjoyed Brother Sky’s recent post on empathy, and I think we might all in some degree feel empathy for Jeremiah’s predicament. Jeremiah felt compelled to speak out. He couldn’t not speak. […]

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When Elder Kimball visited our branch

July 13, 2016
When Elder Kimball visited our branch

We have often heard that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Much more interesting to me was what Spencer W. Kimball taught our branch in Newfoundland when he stopped there around 1962, when the world, and the church, were both much smaller. I’m not sure how he ended up at […]

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Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

July 12, 2016
Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

Heidi Rozen was a successful venture capitalist. Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, used her resume in a now-famous experimental study to see what types of bias evaluators would exhibit based solely on the sex of the applicant being reviewed. Half of his students were given Heidi’s resume with her real name. The other […]

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Creating and Breaking Family Bonds

July 7, 2016
Creating and Breaking Family Bonds

This is a guest post from Joel, Nate’s younger brother: I was recently told of an episode in my family history.  My great great great grandparents were members of the LDS Church from the time of Nauvoo.  The father of the family died in Nauvoo.  The mother took their four children to Winter Quarters, where […]

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Brexit: Wanting Peace

June 30, 2016
Brexit: Wanting Peace

I firmly believe the EU has been invaluable for the stability and peace enjoyed in Europe. I’m devastated by the referendum result, and the resulting rift that has opened not only in Europe, but in Britain as well. Composer Karl Jenkins was born and raised in Wales, having a Welsh father and Swedish mother; a […]

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Brexit and the Tower of Babel

June 30, 2016
Brexit and the Tower of Babel

Like many around the world, I woke last Friday morning shocked to hear that the UK had left the EU. As an American living in the UK, I am hoping to one day gain permanent residency. I adore living in England, but my adoration is inextricably linked with its European identity and culture. For me […]

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