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Is John Going Down?

August 25, 2014
Is John Going Down?

John Dehlin has posted an update to his discussions with his Stake President.  The stake president has asked John several things in regards to his Mormon Stories and Facebook groups.  There is one item that John has agreed to do.  He was asked to “Resign my status as an ordained minister in another faith” (I signed up […]

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MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

August 23, 2014
MD Podcast: Julie Willis & Asking Questions

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on Julie Willis’s BYU Speeches Talk   - “Gaining Light through Questioning”  Mormon Discussion Podcast So takes a closer look at the ability to ask tough questions within the LDS culture. – Do you feel comfortable asking tough questions in your Ward and Stake? […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

What’s In a Title?: Weekend Poll

August 23, 2014
What’s In a Title?:  Weekend Poll

In the early days of the church members were addressed as Brother or Sister with their first name.  Later, this was switched to last names.  Some people refer to leaders as always by their title, including after they are released.  Other wards mostly use first names. Discuss.

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Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

August 20, 2014
Brother Jake Gives the BYU Commencement Speech

  In response to Elder Nelson’s recent keynote address at BYU’s commencement (here is a link to a recording of the whole ceremony–the address begins speaking at ~39 minute mark), I made an alternate version of the speech, published on the Infants on Thrones podcast. Find the recording here: http://infantsonthrones.com/?powerpress_pinw=469-podcast

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Mormons and Millennialism

August 20, 2014
Mormons and Millennialism

There are three types of millennialism in Christendom today: pre-millennialism, post-millennialism, and a-millennialism.  Pre-millennialism is the belief that Christ will return after a period of destructive tribulation and bring with Him 1,000 years of peace.  Post-millennialism is the belief that mankind will grow into the millennium through works and righteousness and that Christ will later come […]

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The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Women Giving Blessings: Weekend Poll

August 16, 2014
Women Giving Blessings:  Weekend Poll

There is a history of women in the early days of the church giving blessings.  Should that stay in the past or still be a thing? Defend your answer!  

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Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

August 14, 2014
Music in our Congregations: Our Responsibility

This last Sunday I was released as Ward Music Chairman, a post I have occupied for a year. I had also been asked to speak in sacrament meeting about the importance of music in the church and in the home. The talk (abridged & adapted) follows. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye […]

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Some Thoughts on Suicide

August 13, 2014
Some Thoughts on Suicide

Most of us have healthy survival instincts.  We feel great dismay when someone commits suicide, unable to reconcile our intrinsic will to live with the thought of someone who has lost that will.  No animal in God’s creation would do such a thing.  But a suicidal person does not live in a normal world.  To understand […]

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Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

Moderating Mormons Online – Thoughts from Sunstone

August 11, 2014
Moderating Mormons in Cyberspace Sunstone Panel

What is it like to moderate Mormons online? Are precarious, fragile spaces worth protecting?

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The Upside to Gerontocracy

August 5, 2014
The Upside to Gerontocracy

My immediate family spans three generations.  My parents are from the Silent Generation (both born in the 1920s), and my oldest sisters are Baby Boomers, teens in the 1960s.  One of my sisters sang with Steve Miller.  I was an accident, born in the late 1960s (a Gen-Xer) when my older sisters were already getting […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, Women | 23 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

“What If This Is As Good As It Gets?” Heaven is Now

July 30, 2014
“What If This Is As Good As It Gets?”  Heaven is Now

“What if this is as good as it gets?” Jack Nicholson moans as his world falls apart in the comedy As Good As It Gets.  I think he has a point.  What if the next life isn’t much better than this one?  As Mormons we know that there are also going to be tears and […]

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“No One Is Alone” Neither Wendy Watson Nor Kate Kelly

July 23, 2014
“No One Is Alone” Neither Wendy Watson Nor Kate Kelly

It is human nature to always think of ourselves as “right” and others as “wrong.”  In addition to this natural overconfidence, Mormons also have the witness of the Holy Ghost, which we accept as additional evidence that our views are even more right, and others are even more wrong.  While I too have felt the […]

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Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

July 17, 2014
Finding a Way: The Church of England Votes for Women Bishops

On Monday 14 July 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to ordain women as bishops following five hours of debate. Women were first ordained as deacons from 1985 onwards, the issue of ordaining women having first appeared on the agenda at the Lambeth Conference back in 1920 (see resolutions 47-54). The […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Church Reform the Franciscan Way

July 16, 2014
Church Reform the Franciscan Way

I’m currently enjoying a holiday in Italy.  I was in Assisi a few days ago, visiting the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis, covered in sombre, mysterious frescos chronicling his life.  I was struck at how revolutionary Francis was for his day, having the audacity to preach to the people on the street in Italian without […]

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Hobby Lobby (weekend poll)

July 12, 2014
Hobby Lobby (weekend poll)

The Supreme Court recently ruled that a “closely held” corporation can refuse to pay for contraception on religious grounds.  (The contraceptive mandate was a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.)

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Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

July 3, 2014
Advocacy & Activism for Women in Religion: A Wider View

With the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly, and the many criticisms made of Ordain Women, I wanted to take a wide look at advocacy and activism for and by women of faith in other religious groups and also to point out the interests expressed by wider society in such activity. We all ought to be […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

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