Posts Tagged ‘ Jesus Christ ’

Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

July 7, 2014
Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

Back in May, I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with William Shepard at the Kirtland Sunstone Conference.  Shepard is both an impressive historian in his own right, but also a member of the Strangite Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  (Yes the name of his church is […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 14 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 »

Pieces on Earth

December 22, 2012
Pieces on Earth

The response to trauma is instinctual, even if our instinctual responses are wired individually. God evolved our species’ instincts to do something fast –flee, fight, or freeze — because the lethal nature of most of the dangers that killed humans throughout history is immediately perceptible and requires immediate response. Instincts don’t do as well when […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Violence | 7 Comments »

Mormonism 101: An Encouraging FAQ

March 29, 2012
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some aspects of the new Mormonism 101: FAQ that were confusing.  These seemed confusing in the sense that they seemed to change things that I thought were taught as doctrine in the church as I was growing up.  While I pointed out some things I didn’t like […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief | 5 Comments »

Mormonism 101: A Confusing FAQ

March 15, 2012
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Given the increased media interest in the Church over the past year, the Mormon Newsroom recently published a document entitled “Mormonism 101: FAQ” .   Overall, the document does a good job of clearing up some misconceptions about the Church, and it is very well written, but I do have an issue with some of the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 165 Comments »

Patronage: In Heaven as it is on Earth

January 7, 2012
Patronage: In Heaven as it is on Earth

Over the New Year holiday, a comment by Stephen Marsh in his own post on rent seeking reminded me of something John Dominic Crossan had talked about in his book The Historical Jesus — the parallelism between the concepts of an earthly patron in the development of the Roman Empire, and heavenly patronage as it […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History | 25 Comments »

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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Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

May 14, 2011
Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

There are some nutritious and delicious meals that you would never eat if you knew what was in them before you sat down at the table. I would never have had scrambled eggs, for example, if they’d first been described to me as ground-up unfertilized bird embryos. I had heard bad things about the Jesus […]

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Posted in Reviews | 33 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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Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Good Friday, Easter, and Mormons

April 25, 2011
Good Friday, Easter, and Mormons

As Easter approaches every year, it seems that many people type “do mormons celebrate easter” into Google.  If you do that right now, you will see that my post from 2008 is the #1 result on Google: Why Don’t Mormons Celebrate Easter? Frankly it’s shocking to me that my post is ranked so high on Google.  […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

To the Virgins and High Priests of the Second Ward: An Easter Message

April 24, 2011
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Today is not a day for rosary-beaded rumination, not a day for bathing his feet with tears, or oil, or any other expensive ungent of the soul. Temple-toned whispers are not welcome here; nor silent reverie. And even Contemplation, Meditation, Urbane oration, Have no station at this cross – It is empty. Rise, Shout him […]

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A God I Could Believe In

April 23, 2011
A God I Could Believe In

Isn’t it funny that most of us here are about to celebrate Easter, but this here will be a post about the Epiphany? …ok, maybe not. I dually apologize for my lateness as well as for any offense I may commit. Anyway, several months ago, a friend asked in a Facebook status: So this question […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Church Reboots and Science Fiction

April 16, 2011
Church Reboots and Science Fiction

I was in high school when the original Star Trek television series premiered. As nerdy then as I am now, I watched every episode, and every re-run, and every afternoon syndication for years. I finally stopped — not because I wasn’t interested in the Star Trek universe, which was infinitely expandable (as multiple incarnations have […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Progressive Elements at General Conference

April 5, 2011
Progressive Elements at General Conference

First, I must start with a confession.  I haven’t yet watched General Conference.  Despite living in the future here in Asia, we are living in the past in terms of General Conference which will be aired at the local church next weekend (or alternatively, live on-line now).  However, I have read some of the recaps, […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

Kepler and Incarnation

March 19, 2011
Kepler and Incarnation

At the end of February, during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  meeting, data from the Kepler space probe was announced. Kepler is a planet hunter. The NASA craft stares at a small parch of sky containing about 150,000 stars and waits for something to pass in front of a star, […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 23 Comments »

Science & Religion #12: Uncertain Why We’re Here?

February 22, 2011
QuantumMechanics

We’ve talked about Flatland and strings with 10-dimensions.  We’ve talked about God outside time.  But now it’s going to get even more counter-intuitive – less certain, perhaps.  As per the rest of the posts in this series, we’re going to follow an “Outside-In” paradigm – where we look at what science has to tell us, […]

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Posted in Science and Religion | 10 Comments »

What if God was One of Us?

January 9, 2011
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NT SS Lesson #3 Welcome, once again, to the “Gospel Speculation” class. Since I am not a Ward Sunday School teacher, I am under no obligation to stick to the lesson manual or even stay true to the stated purpose of each lesson. Rather, I write these columns to entertain myself, and as motivation to […]

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Posted in New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 79 Comments »

The Christmas Star in the Book of Mormon

December 20, 2010
The Christmas Star in the Book of Mormon

Scientists have tried to figure out what star appeared to announce Jesus birth to the Wise Men.  I did a post a few years ago titled Astrology in the Christmas Story.  It is pretty much an accepted fact that our current calendar (called the Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory who asked his monks to […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

The Great One is Kolob, Because It is Near unto Me

December 8, 2010
The Great One is Kolob, Because It is Near unto Me

Providing another take on Kolob, we are pleased to have this guest post by Joseph Antley, a student of history and ancient Near Eastern studies. I am not an Egyptologist, nor do I have any formal training in Egyptology. But I do love the Pearl of Great Price’s Book of Abraham, and I enjoy learning […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

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