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Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

April 16, 2015
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

This is a guest post from Ryan Lane. We are often told that Jesus died to pay the price of our sins.  Yet it seems strange that the unfair death of God’s innocent son could somehow be a good thing to the rest of us.  We try to explain this mystery by telling stories that […]

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Romancing the Shadow: Taming Our R-Rated Nature

April 9, 2015
Romancing the Shadow: Taming Our R-Rated Nature

When I was about 14 years old, my father angrily chased me out of the house and down the block as I laughed gleefully. I don’t remember exactly what caused the altercation but I was undoubtedly behaving like a snotty brat. Later, I stole back into the house and overheard my mother trying to calm […]

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Nephi today: Would he be a member of the NRA?

April 8, 2015
Nephi today: Would he be a member of the NRA?

I find it ironic that upon giving a person a Book of Mormon, they will probably in that day or the next read about how the initial central figure of the story is called upon by the spirit to kill another man, impersonate him and steal from him. Peace and love come a little later […]

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Have A Blessed Weekend

April 3, 2015
Have A Blessed Weekend

I’m leaving at noon today to drive from Rexburg to Salt Lake City to attend General Conference. I’m suffering from my own case of GC anxiety, as I’m sure many unorthodox saints feel about this weekend. It’s a feeling only exasperated by the family traditions that surround this weekend. Last year I was at my […]

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Sin and the School of Metaphysics

April 1, 2015
Sin and the School of Metaphysics

Awhile ago, I belonged to a club called the School of Metaphysics.  We studied dream interpretation, past-life analysis, and other New Age hocus pocus. I’ll never forget the beautiful definition they gave of sin: Sin is anything that is out of alignment with our true, divine nature. Sins are imbalances in our psyche, misunderstandings and […]

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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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