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33: Way Below The Angels

33: Way Below The Angels Posted by on Nov 16, 2014

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

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31: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 3

31: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 3 Posted by on Nov 2, 2014

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

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The Information Age is Over. Welcome to ...

The Information Age is Over. Welcome to the Opinion Age. Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

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26: General Conference Compressed

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Eyes that I might see

Eyes that I might see Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

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33: Way Below The Angels

33: Way Below The Angels Posted by on Nov 16, 2014

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind! Posted by on Sep 27, 2014

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

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The Dance of Dissonance

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The Dance of Dissonance

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”   James A. Baldwin   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make the body of Christ vomit? Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be so dizzy with...

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Eyes that I might see

”That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” Doctrine and Covenants 50:24 The Optic Nerves are the two most important cranial nerves in the body. They account for 40% of all the sensory neurons in the...

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Sunstone Northwest 2014: A Photo Journal

Nov 18, 14 Sunstone Northwest 2014: A Photo Journal

Posted by in Featured

INCLUSION AND INFLUENCE IN THE BORDERLANDS On Saturday, November 15, Cathy and I went to the Sunstone Northwest Symposium.  This year it was held at the Ranier Valley Community of Christ Church in Seattle.  We were able to meet old and new friends.  The following are pictures of us with our...

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Love Conquers the Multiverse

I believe God evolved. I believe in Gods within Nature, even if I don’t understand fully what that means. I believe that new Gods can emerge from this Nature simply through obeying the natural laws needed to arrive at that state. I believe that God once was as we are now. I believe that every being has learned line upon line,...

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33: Way Below The Angels

Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary is BYU History professor Craig Harline‘s most recent published personal history. It is a memoir of Craig’s mission years, leaving from Fresno California to the Mission Home in Salt Lake followed by...

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount[1] holds a special place in the Christian canon. So many scholars, thinkers, and writers have commented on its verses that, according to Hans Dieter Betz, a “complete account of the history of the exegesis of these texts does not exist at the present time and may never exist.”[2] There have been attempts...

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The Man in the Mask

Nov 13, 14 The Man in the Mask

Posted by in Featured, Mental Health

CONTENT WARNING: SUICIDE I sauntered toward the office, in my typical dopey high school way—entirely unconcerned with anything other than the play auditions and scoring a date with Katherine. Then Diane rounded the corner, her face blushing with feeling. I was not a boy then blessed with emotional sensitivity, except perhaps with...

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The Temple Recommend: Admission to the House of the Lord

Nov 12, 14 The Temple Recommend: Admission to the House of the Lord

Posted by in Featured, Temple

Since the days of the Exodus, the people of God have been instructed to seek divine audience on holy ground. From the first mentions of it in the Bible, we learn that this temple communion is so important that the House of the Lord was made portable. Moses led the people through the desert with tabernacle in hand so that this...

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Garments, Lies and Videotape

Nov 11, 14 Garments, Lies and Videotape

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Lying, Truth

If deception is an art form, the LDS Church is fast becoming Botticelli. The people who brought you the Mormons-don’t-believe-they-get-their-own-planet canard are at it again. And this time, it’s about the temple. In a recently released video (and accompanying essay) on its official website, the LDS Church discusses both temple...

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Join with us in supporting Ta Khmau: The RF Liahona Children’s Foundation Stake

What we are Doing Rational Faiths is taking a step to help those who cannot help themselves. We have pledged to “Adopt a Stake” through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. What this means is we are committed to raising enough money to provide for the nutritional and educational needs of children in need in the Ta...

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32: Scriptures: What are They Good For?

Living in a modern or postmodern world while remaining religious and dedicated to sacred texts becomes more and more problematic for many, since they feel like they are being pulled in two different directions. How can Mormons make sense of and use texts that (1) are of undoubted ancient origin (the Bible), (2) present themselves as...

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Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Nov 09, 14 Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Old Testament, Temple

A recent visit to the temple reinforced for me the idea that Paul got his parallel wrong: Christ is not the second Adam but the second Eve. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” Paul wrote (1 Cor. 15:22). But, considering our modern understanding of the Fall, it would have been more appropriate for...

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The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Nov 08, 14 The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Posted by in Agency, Compassion, Individuality

In a recent meeting with local church leaders I was caught off guard by a question. I was leading a presentation on the challenges that lead many members to leave the church when one participant raised his hand and demanded, “What’s the point of this?” As I tried to clarify that I was building to a consideration of what we...

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How I went From Being Nephi to Korihor – Those Who Are Different

I was born of goodly parents. Both from a long line of Pioneer stock Mormons. One day my father awoke from a dream and announced we would be moving to a small town he had never visited. We had no family there. We had no friends there. Considering it was a town of 700 people, it might as well have been the wilderness. Because I was 8...

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What Mormon Church Do You Belong To?

The deeper inquiry of the Mormon faith is initiated for any number of reasons. We often find ourselves wrestling with scripture, church policy, “prophetic” utterances of all kinds, local leadership agendas, or the many colorful historical events (often more twisted and confusing than we had thought they ever could be)....

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A Wednesday Sermon

Nov 05, 14 A Wednesday Sermon

Posted by in Featured, Forgiveness, Humanity, Poetry

My thoughts wander as the congregation weaves in between the gaps among the aisles of the chapel. These days, I long for a sermon that spoke to the multifaceted nature of God and the nature that lies within me. The messages of mercy and forgiveness leave me for a want that the words have yet to satisfy. I say, when I am to forget...

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