Posts Tagged ‘ Christianity ’

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

6 Reasons Why Mormons Are Beating Evangelicals in Church Growth

August 27, 2012
6 Reasons Why Mormons Are Beating Evangelicals in Church Growth

If you’ve been on the bloggernacle for long, you’ve probably seen some posts that note that growth in the LDS Church is flattening out, and these posts usually make the implication that this is simply an LDS phenomenon.  However David French (a Presbyterian evangelical) recently pointed out that in America nearly all Christian religions are […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 51 Comments »

Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

May 16, 2012
Wickedness Never Was Happiness – Gay Relationships and Mormonism

If wickedness never was happiness, and some people are happy in gay relationships, how will anyone continue to oppose them?

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Substituting Religion for Sentimentality

February 23, 2012
Substituting Religion for Sentimentality

A recent trend in sociology claims that there is a rise in sentimentalism, that increasingly we are substituting sentimentality for real emotion. Both religion and sentimentality end up failing to be what they seem upon closer inspection. It has been argued that if Christianity were inspected by the Trades Descriptions Act it would be found guilty of false […]

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Posted in Faith | 15 Comments »

Wise Man vs. Shepherd Mormons

January 17, 2012
Wise Man vs. Shepherd Mormons

There have been many analogies to illustrate the different types of Mormons:  Iron Rod vs. Liahona Mormons, Adam types vs. Eve types, TBMs vs. Liberal or Cafeteria Mormons.  All of these analogies are trying to illustrate that there are very vocal, orthodox, unquestioning members, and there are also members who are unorthodox in how they view things, ask […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, understanding | 19 Comments »

What’s Good and Unique

November 15, 2011
What’s Good and Unique

A criticism I’ve heard about Mormonism on the internet is:  “What’s unique about it isn’t good, and what’s good about it isn’t unique.”  While it’s true that Mormon culture has some flaws, and that other religions share some of its good points, I can’t agree with this observation.  Still, I think something about this phrase […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Mormons Defending the Cross

November 7, 2011
Mormons Defending the Cross

There are 13 memorials similar to this one dedicated to Utah Highway Patrol Troopers killed in the line of duty.  The Atheist Association Inc of New Jersey, sued to have the crosses removed because they claimed the crosses violated the separation of church and state.  A federal court ruled for the Atheists.  Last week, the […]

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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 »

Mormonism: Christian Cult or Radical(ly Distinct) Religion?

October 13, 2011
Mormonism: Christian Cult or Radical(ly Distinct) Religion?

Even if you try to avoid the news (or just the political news, like I do), chances are that if you have even an inkling of a Mormon news radar, you definitely have heard the latest drama: supporter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and mega-church pastor Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a cult. Here’s a […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 47 Comments »

Simcha Jacobovici Nails It?

April 26, 2011
Simcha Jacobovici Nails It?

Canadian filmmaker and non-Christian Simcha Jacobovici (aka History Channel’s The Naked Archaeologist) is a magnet for Jesus relics.  In 2007 he claimed to locate Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem – with Jesus and other family members intact.  His latest find is a pair of nails he posits were the crucifixion nails, found in Caiaphas’s tomb (the high priest of […]

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