Posts Tagged ‘ doctrine ’

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

Bishop Bill Asks: What is Doctrine?

May 20, 2014
Bishop Bill Asks:  What is Doctrine?

Once again, we revisit the beloved series:  You’re the Bishop! As Bishop I often got asked by ward members about various practices in the church and why we did them. I finally compiled this list of various practices, beliefs, and norms in the church, and why we do them. I’ll leave off my answers as […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

September 12, 2013
Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

I am disturbed by the view that there even is such a thing as the divine feminine, and presumably it’s counterpart, the divine masculine. If our Heavenly Mother embodies the divine feminine, then presumably our Heavenly Father embodies the divine masculine. If they are then our role models, are we to become like them, divinely […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 29 Comments »

Why I like Tithing

July 16, 2013
Why I like Tithing

Lots of discussion on the ‘nacle centers around issues with tithing.  There are plenty of people with complaints, no surprise given that money is involved, and very few people of any religion pay 10% like we do.  Here are some of the most common criticisms of tithing I hear: Lack of financial transparency in the […]

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If I Were In Charge: Reopen the LDS Canon

March 2, 2012

There has been a lot of discussion recently about some comments made by Professor Bott at BYU.  For me, seeing the discussions on race has been interesting, but I’d already resolved the issue for myself, much like Andrew S talked about in his recent post.  To me, it was basically just institutionalism of the racism […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief | 56 Comments »

Talks from the Missionary Underground

November 24, 2011
Talks from the Missionary Underground

Missions are a breeding grounds of both speculation on deep doctrine and false doctrine. This is a sample of talks that fuel this speculation.

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 26 Comments »

Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

November 19, 2011
Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

Something a little different from Bishop Bill this week: The other day I was thinking about all the “inactive” Mormons I’ve talked to over the past 30 years. In that time, I’ve been an Elders Quorum President twice, a bishop’s counselor twice, and a bishop. By inactive, I mean people that haven’t been to church […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 122 Comments »

If We Truly Want To Spread The Gospel More Effectively…

October 12, 2011

While there is a decline in numbers in some denominations, one religion has been experiencing great success in the United States.  It grew approximately 170% in one decade (1990-2001).  It has grown nearly 10-fold in the past few decades.  Is this religion that is “rolling forth like a stone” the LDS Church?  Nope.  It’s Buddhism. […]

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If I Were In Charge: Ignore Tattoos

May 15, 2011

In my field of medicine, I often see people in various states of undress depending on why they are there.  I may see someone’s leg or shoulder or arm or back.  And a lot of people have tattoos (even here in Utah).  Over the years, I’ve come to truly appreciate tattoos.  I almost always ask […]

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If I Were In Charge: Stop Counting Earrings

April 27, 2011

This is the start of a new series which will run intermittently with the Science & Religion posts.  It is based on some of the comments from a previous post (Good vs Great: Iomega and General Conference Statistics) discussing Church membership statistics and where the Church may or may not be heading if recent trends […]

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Policy vs. Doctrine

February 1, 2011
Policy vs. Doctrine

In discussions on the bloggernacle, the subject of how change happens in the church often comes up.  We often talk past either other when it comes to defining “changes” within the church.  There seem to be different views about policy vs. doctrine and why change happens in the church: View 1:  Policy changes are just […]

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Church history and our quest for the Great Mormon Novel

May 29, 2010

About two years ago, Carter Hall wrote an article on this very site comparing and contrasting the types of heroes that Superman and Spiderman represent, noting the different cultural settings from which the two were born and, consequently, identifying different generational appeals to the different superheroes. As he wrote: Everyone knows Superman.  He is simply the […]

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