Posts Tagged ‘ Bible ’

Women of the Bible: Deborah

May 18, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Deborah

Deborah The nation of Israel was at war with Jabin, King of Canaan.  Deborah helped devise a battle plan to lead the children of Israel to victory.  She spoke with Barak (the leader of the Israelite army.)    Barak asked her to accompany him to battle.   The Israelites won the battle.  Deborah prophesied that the other […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet, Women | 3 Comments »

Women of the Bible: Dorcas

April 11, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Dorcas

Since there has been much talk about Ordain Women, I thought it would be interesting to share some stories about Women of the Bible.  How did I get this idea?  Well, a few years ago, I mentioned a Book of Mormon story to my young children, and was surprised to learn that they had never heard it. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Women | 6 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Unicorn

January 9, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  Unicorn

The Definition of Unicorn in the LDS Bible Dictionary is “A wild ox, the Bos primigenius, now extinct, but once common in Syria.  The KJV rendering is unfortunate, as the animal intended is two-horned.” Mormons especially are aware that the Bible has translation errors, such as this one.  Is it time for us to update […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 7 Comments »

New Names

August 23, 2013
New Names

In the Bible, people change names.  Two examples are:  Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel. In the Catholic Church, a pope picks his new name:  Josef Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, Karol Józef Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II. In the Mormon Church, we are given a new name in the temple, but it is […]

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Posted in Mormon, Roman Catholic Church | 11 Comments »

Sin is Not Separation

March 30, 2013
Sin is Not Separation

The Ten Commandments was one of the first Biblical epics to command a mass audience, and so my parents took me into downtown Detroit as a boy to be sure I saw it in its full widescreen glory in one of the few theaters capable of so screening it. The movie was well worth the […]

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Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Jesus, Morality, Mormon Belief, War in Heaven | 14 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Easter

March 28, 2013
Bible Dictionary: Easter

With Easter coming up on Sunday, I thought it would be interesting to review the entry from the Bible Dictionary. Easter This word occurs only once in the Bible (Acts 12:4) and then would be better translated “Passover.” The word Easter is from Eastre, a Norse goddess whose pagan festival was observed at the spring equinox. […]

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Temple Worship and Exodus

December 27, 2012
Temple Worship and Exodus

Exodus 40:12-13 says 12  And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and wash them with water. 13  And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him and sanctify him;

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Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

November 18, 2012
Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

For me, as a conservative Mormon guy living in Washington state, the 2012 elections were rough in a number of ways, starting from the top down: Romney lost the election.  I had spent a year volunteering for his campaign and truly thought he had a good chance of winning.  He nearly pulled it off, but […]

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Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics | 13 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

A Solutrean Solution?

March 17, 2012
A Solutrean Solution?

Science knows that the Norse (Vikings) colonized Greenland a millennium ago, but the colony didn’t stick when colder temperatures returned following the Medieval Warm Period. Average daily temperatures in Greenland warmed about 3 degrees F before the plunge back into a Little Ice Age (which itself only ended well into the 19th Century) that forced […]

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Posted in America, Faith, History, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 22 Comments »

Lessons from Job, Comforting Those Who Mourn

December 14, 2011
Lessons from Job, Comforting Those Who Mourn

 Job has some wonderful lessons.  For example, Job’s sufferings are not complete when he loses all of his possessions.  They don’t reach a fullness when his children die.  No, as he sits in the ruins of his house, covered in ashes and using a potsherd to scrape the boils from his body, his suffering reaches […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Culture | 10 Comments »

Sorenson, Siberian DNA, and Book of Mormon Directions

November 26, 2011
Sorenson, Siberian DNA, and Book of Mormon Directions

Like many people who consider the Book of Mormon as scripture, I am fascinated by questions about where it has a setting in ancient historical events. I know, of course, that many other people hold it as Scripture, but are content to see it as having no origin prior to a set of 19th Century visionary […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 48 Comments »

Bono and the Pharisees: On Being Spiritual vs Religious

October 19, 2011
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In my post last week on what we should do if we truly wanted to spread the gospel more effectively, there was some discussion in the comments on being spiritual vs being religious.  Is one possible without the other?  Is one “better” than the other?  Is there a difference between the two?  And, if so, […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 45 Comments »

Balancing the Discussion: Faith in Christ

September 14, 2011
Balancing the Discussion: Faith in Christ

Because I have had my own trials of faith, and have stood in the figurative shoes of those who see things from a non-believing standpoint, I have become increasingly aware of the language we use and the ways in which it contributes to our cultural peculiarities and often times sets people up for failure. Sometimes […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

September 13, 2011
Evolution vs. Creationism in Seminary

My son’s recent experience in early morning seminary caused me to look a little more closely at the church’s stance (or perhaps lack thereof) on evolution.  While teaching about the book of Genesis, his teacher made a few claims: that she is not descended from monkeys that the earth is literally 6,000 years old that evolution contradicts the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Science and Religion | 107 Comments »

Ancient Proof-Texting

August 29, 2011
Ancient Proof-Texting

Back in 2008, Jeff Spector introduced me to the concept of proof-texting.  I think we’re all familiar with the idea of taking a scripture out of context to support a certain religious belief.  However, I didn’t realize that this practice goes back thousands of years.  Charles Harrell and Greg Kofford Books has recently published a […]

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The Apocryphal Book of Judith

August 15, 2011
The Apocryphal Book of Judith

The word “apocrypha” means literally “things hidden away.”  In modern usage, an apocryphal book is any book not part of the Bible.  In that sense, the Book of Mormon could be called an apocryphal book; there is a new book called American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon.  It is a collection of essays by […]

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Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

July 23, 2011
Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

There has been a book of personal testimony making waves in Evangelical Christian circles for the past few months. Indeed, it isn’t just limited to Protestant Evangelicals; the person who recommended it to our family is a devout Catholic liberal. The book, entitled Heaven is for Real, is the real life story of Todd Burpo, […]

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Posted in Faith, Reviews | 17 Comments »

Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

May 28, 2011
Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

“Bring a miracle and request a table. Those you heal must accept you into their homes….The deliberate conjunction of magic and meal,  miracle and table, free compassion and open commensality,  was a challenge launched not just at Judaism’s strictest purity regulations,…but at civilization’s eternal inclination to draw lines, invoke boundaries, establish hierarchies, and maintain discriminations…. […]

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Posted in Reviews | 14 Comments »

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