Giving Thoughtfully and Thankfully

Within the church, we have a couple of avenues for giving. Our church makes giving within those options very  easy.  There is a nice little form with different “options” of where you want your money to go, they take checks or cash, they keep track of everything to make it easy to see what you’ve donated for tax...

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The Real Cost of a World-Wide Church

About three months ago, I was perusing the book of Faces and tasting its virtual tapas-bar of entertainment. Amidst the adorable baby videos, outraged political rants, and quizzes that look deep into my soul and tell me which kind of 90’s fashion accessory I am, I happened upon a video from the Daily Show. Now I love me some...

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Come Together Right Now, Over Me.

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12: 5 The new movie “Meet The Mormons” has gotten a lot of press lately. It certainly has made the rounds here in the Bloggernacle, with many conversations exploring the issues it raises. Many will assume that it is a...

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If you want to change the world, help a child

Nov 24, 14 If you want to change the world, help a child

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Service

As you might have heard, the Rational Faiths community has adopted a Stake through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. This means that we’re collecting donations to help children in Cambodia have food and education. Click here to pitch in. Cambodia, I learned while doing research for this post, is one of the hungriest...

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The Answer to All the Hard Questions

Nov 20, 14 The Answer to All the Hard Questions

Posted by in Faith, Obedience

“Some of the hardest questions come when what we believe is challenged by changing cultural fashions or by new information, sometimes misinformation, that critics of the Church confront us with. At such times, it may seem that our doctrinal or historical foundations are not as solid as we thought. We may be tempted to question...

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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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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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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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