Posts Tagged ‘ Jews ’

Segregating Men and Women

September 5, 2013
Segregating Men and Women

On my mission, my companion thought it would be fun to attend a Jewish Synagogue.  We knew Jews worship on the 7th day, rather than the first, so he called on Friday night to find out when “church” would be on Saturday.  To our surprise, the Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday to Saturday, and […]

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Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

October 15, 2011
Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

The United States has been preoccupied with economic issues and domestic politics. So it was shocking to have the Attorney General of the United States call a news conference to announce that Iran’s government was implicated in a plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to Washington while in the city and (from other sources) conduct […]

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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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Was the Civil War Prophecy About the Civil War?

April 2, 2011
Was the Civil War Prophecy About the Civil War?

During the past several weeks, as rebellion spread from country to country in the Middle East, a local evangelical church — whose members include several business clients and personal friends of our family —  has been advertising an “end-times” series on the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy regarding the Latter Days. Some of the advertising has […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Belief, Violence | 23 Comments »

The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

December 5, 2010
The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

OT SS Lesson #47 Any Mormon worth his salt knows that scripture is meant to be “likened” unto ourselves. Latter-day Saints from Joseph Smith to the most recently-called missionary have cheerfully wrested scriptures from their context and misapplied the prophecies to their own lives. One might be tempted to urge caution when so doing, but […]

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Middle-day Saints or Church Mortality

October 23, 2010
Middle-day Saints or Church Mortality

When I first started visiting Mormon Matters, there was a sidebar that would resurrect old posts for new visitors to see for the first time. One post by Jeff Spector caught my eye everytime it reappeared because it asked what people would do if they became convinced the church wasn’t true. It caught my eye […]

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Know Your Religion: Apparently Mormons Do

October 5, 2010
Know Your Religion:  Apparently Mormons Do

A recent survey was launched to gauge how well people understand religion.  Interestingly, atheists & agnostics scored highest (65.3% correct).  They were followed closely by Jews (64.1%) and Mormons (63.5%).  After that there is a big drop to White Evangelical Christians (55%).  The lowest scorers were Hispanic Catholics (36.3% – ouch!).  The average respondent scored a 50%. 

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Sod, Seed, Salvation: Abrahamic Covenant and the Claim to Palestine

February 10, 2010
Sod, Seed, Salvation: Abrahamic Covenant and the Claim to Palestine

OT SS Lesson #7 Sod, seed, and salvation — it’s how I like to describe the Abrahamic Covenant. There were three promises in the covenant. The first was a land promise, where the Lord gave Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession. The second was the promise of a great […]

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