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Northern Ireland’s Gay Cake

March 26, 2015
Northern Ireland’s Gay Cake

Today and tomorrow the case brought by Gareth Lee, a volunteer with the Queer Space collective, supported by the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland against Asher’s Bakery supported by The Christian Institute is to be heard in court. So far as I can tell, this particular cake differs from similar cases in the US in […]

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Explaining God’s Silence: Our Journey with Infertility

March 26, 2015
Explaining God’s Silence: Our Journey with Infertility

After 14 years of infertility, my wife recently miscarried on her 5th IVF attempt.  We took the miscarriage and buried it on a green Yorkshire hillside near a flock of sheep and thought about the future.  We both believe that we will have children one day. It’s promised in our patriarchal blessings and numerous other […]

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The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

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Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Leather-Bound Conference Talks?

March 12, 2015
Leather-Bound Conference Talks?

This is a guest post from Ryan Lane: I enjoyed reading Hawkgrrrl’s recent post on “Talks on talks.” I too am concerned that the scriptures are getting displaced by General Conference talks.  I have heard church members say that Conference talks are more important than the scriptures, because Conference talks are the words of living prophets.  Many […]

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Preaching Marriage: What Works for One…

February 26, 2015
Preaching Marriage: What Works for One…

What works for one won’t necessarily work for all. I’ve been following the comments on Hawkgrrrl’s recent post about dating with interest, particularly in light of Elder Holland’s recent address to the CES folk. The relevant portions of his speech, in which he raises a number of reasons why our young people may be delaying […]

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Wrestling with God’s Wrath from Job to Joseph Smith

February 25, 2015
Wrestling with God’s Wrath from Job to Joseph Smith

Every morning growing up in Idaho, my father read the Book of Mormon to us. He was an amateur actor and loved to theatrically emphasize the hellfire and damnation verses: “You shall be cast into that lake of fire and brimstone whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever!”  This always sent my mom storming from […]

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Dating is Dead

February 24, 2015
Dating is Dead

Last year, when my son was attending the Y, I was alerted to the existence of a Facebook group at BYU for kids to anonymously post notes about their crushes.  The student submits a comment about their crush to the FB group admins who then re-post it anonymously from the site.  Site admins try to identify crushes […]

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Imagine if Aristotle and B. F. Skinner were home teaching companions…

February 18, 2015
Imagine if Aristotle and B. F. Skinner were home teaching companions…

Most theories of human behaviour postulate a relationship between the mind and the body. There are different concepts of what the mind is and its mechanisms of action, including the ability of the body to affect the mind. The duality of the mind and body answers a lot about human behaviour. Plato, Descartes and Aristotle […]

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Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

February 12, 2015
Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

I’ve become aware that it is now seems to be more common for wards to be combined to form a single unit. This is something that has happened to my own ward recently. I am so happy. And apparently we’re not the only stake where this is happening. It was only last year that I […]

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May I meet you? A male testimony; a Female God

February 11, 2015
May I meet you? A male testimony; a Female God

  I have never seen God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. But I can speak to God. He is my father. I picture him much like my earthly father. Like him, I have grown to understand some of how God works and thinks. The relationship is real and deep and one that has developed […]

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Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

January 29, 2015
Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

In some wards sacrament meeting is held first and in others it is the last meeting of the 3 hour block. There is always that time when everyone is coming in to be seated, greeting those they haven’t spoken to yet that day, chatting amongst themselves and the accompanist for the meeting, be they organist […]

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Blaming God: Our Prodigal Innocence

January 28, 2015
Blaming God: Our Prodigal Innocence

I’m currently working on a production of Balanchine’s 1929 ballet The Prodigal Son and have been studying Mikhail Baryshnikov’s version. Baryshnikov’s genius was not merely in his technical facility as a dancer, but his extraordinary ability to generate empathy as an actor. His beautiful interpretation reveals dimensions of Jesus’ parable that I had not previously […]

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Into the Woods: The Humanist Gospel of Stephen Sondheim

January 22, 2015
Into the Woods: The Humanist Gospel of Stephen Sondheim

I hope you’ve been out see Disney’s beautiful new film Into the Woods.  Originally written in two long acts, the new film does its best to cram it all into two hours.  Each act of the original musical presents two entirely different philosophies and worldviews.  Act 1 presents a religious and moral view of life, and Act 2 […]

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Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Tolerance is a Two-way Street

January 17, 2015
Tolerance is a Two-way Street

The word tolerance is an oft thrown about word these days. It’s rather easy for us to be tolerant of like-minded people or ideas, but becomes increasing difficult when people differ. The dictionary definition (according to Merriam-Webster) is “willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.” The secondary definition is […]

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Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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Is TLC’s Show “My Husband’s NOT Gay” Offensive to Gays?

January 9, 2015
Is TLC’s Show “My Husband’s NOT Gay” Offensive to Gays?

 TLC has a controversial new show called “My Husband’s NOT Gay” about Mormon men with SSA (same-sex attraction) who are married to women.   GLAAD, an LGBT advocacy group had this to say about it:  “This show is downright irresponsible.  No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. […]

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The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 61 Comments »

The Virtues of Vanity

December 17, 2014
The Virtues of Vanity

I credit Ralph Lauren with curing my depression.  When I started filling my closet with his clothing, my depression simply slipped away.  I had a stylist who worked at Ralph Lauren in Houston.  He taught me to avoid the shirts with pony on the front and go for the really good, expensive stuff that is […]

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Festive Food: Mince Pies

December 4, 2014
Festive Food: Mince Pies

The smell of baking pastry and mincemeat heralds the arrival of Christmas. As a child my first mince pie of Christmas was always December 1st, since there was a family birthday that day. Our tradition was a mince pie each everyday in December thereafter. My mum would bake them in large batches at least twice […]

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