Posts Tagged ‘ Atonement ’

The Saving Power of Works

September 5, 2013
The Saving Power of Works

One of Jesus’ most transformative insights is that spirituality is an inside job. At a time when righteousness was equated with exact observance of rules, Jesus taught that God is concerned not so much with our actions as with the motivations behind them. There are only two commandments, and they are both love.  Originally posted […]

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What is grace?

September 26, 2012
What is grace?

What is ‘grace’? How has it affected your life? Has it?

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

August 29, 2012
ambient despondency

What do you think happens when we die?
How do you think it differs for those who complete suicide?
What experiences with death have influenced your outlook on either life or death?

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Blood and Sins of this Generation

August 19, 2012
Blood and Sins of this Generation

The 2nd Article of Faith states: “We believe that men will be apunished for their bown sins, and not for Adam’s ctransgression.” In the temple, we learn that we can become clean from the “blood and sins of this generation.” If we’re only punished for our own sins, what does this phrase from the temple mean?  Does the 2nd Article […]

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A Useful Illusion

May 27, 2012
A Useful Illusion

My dad is dead. He died the year before last. He lived for 68 years and he was cranky for a lot of it. When he died nobody was particularly sorry, including him. I know, because I was there. In the silence of the hospice room, after all our rushed arrangements – long days of […]

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Atonement Theories

February 13, 2012
Atonement Theories

National Geographic has put together a 3-DVD set about the life of Jesus in a series called Science of the Bible.  Each DVD contains a different aspect of his life.  In a documentary called “The Arrest”, they document the ancient Jewish practices at the temple and events leading to his arrest.  The producers of the […]

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Do bishops need to be recovering addicts?

July 19, 2011
Do bishops need to be recovering addicts?

Or rather, do therapists who work with veterans need military experience? Just over 6000 soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Around 6,500 veterans commit suicide every year. There is also a shortage of mental health services for these veterans. Many therapists have not had military experience, losing valuable street cred with […]

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The Awesome, Radical Transformational Potential of Religion

April 30, 2011
The Awesome, Radical Transformational Potential of Religion

About a week ago, you may have read an article in the New York Times by David Brooks regarding the message espoused by Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Book of Mormon Musical. And if you read that, you may have read Andrew Sullivan’s article pushing back against Brooks or Joanna Brooks’s rather different disagreement. Maybe […]

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How would you respond?

March 11, 2011
How would you respond?

Ray at StayLDS gave a talk in church a few weeks ago on the atonement, and how we all need the atonement in our lives.  You can read the outline of his talk here.  I think it’s a beautiful talk, but I want to focus on the end of the talk where he says, End […]

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King David and the Doctrine of Blood Atonement

June 24, 2010
King David and the Doctrine of Blood Atonement

OT SS Lesson #24 The following statement was made by the LDS Church last Wednesday in conjunction with the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad in Utah.  I see this as a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of what was taught in the past regarding the doctrine. Mormon Church Statement on Blood Atonement In the mid-19th […]

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