The Temptation of Jesus the Christ in the Gospel of Luke

Embodied in flesh, Jesus was not completely exempt from the temptations of corporeal existence as highlighted in Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. In this text, I will examine the temptation story found in Luke (4:1-13). My exegesis is shaped by my social location. I am an African-American, middle-class,...

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Elder Packer and Me

Elder Packer probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I have a relationship with him, despite our never having met. It’s the price of being a public figure, I suppose. I know we are related, somehow, through my mom’s mom, who was a Packer, and I remember being told that when I was young. I’m not...

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Souls in Waiting: The Embryo and Abortion in Nineenth-Century Mormonism

May 14, 15 Souls in Waiting: The Embryo and Abortion in Nineenth-Century Mormonism

Posted by in Family, Featured, Uncategorized

Originally published on www.mormonhistoryguy.com Of all the non-dinner-table political topics, abortion certainly ranks near the top.  So charged is it that its mere mention breaks down social gatherings into battling tribes where, they believe, reasonable people don’t disagree. Yet the viciousness with which the better part of...

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Missing Grace

Salvation by grace is all over the Book of Mormon like white on rice. And by grace, I don’t mean the modern Mormon misconception of a little dollop doled out by God after we have done everything we can possibly do. I mean the superabundance of grace God gives us to be saved without our doing anything at all. A grace separate and...

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Religious Freedom (The Remix)

May 11, 15 Religious Freedom (The Remix)

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, harmony, Racism, Theology, unity

The church is currently taking a cue from One Direction by touring the world and sending two of its fifteen most popular band members priesthood holders to visit various countries for their 2015 world tour “Religious Freedom: We Still Hate LGBT Folks”. This fan (Team Uchtdorf!) wondered- what are other ways we can...

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The Woman Taken in Adultery in History and the Gospel of John

The question of what is original and what is not to the earliest version of any book of scripture can be a very sensitive subject. This is compounded when you are discussing a section of one of the Christian gospels that deals specifically with a well-known story in the life of Jesus. The reason it can be controversial is because...

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The Bias is Strong With This One

May 05, 15 The Bias is Strong With This One

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Priesthood, Racism

Confirmation Bias: Confirmation bias, also called myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information...

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Look Up and Be Healed!

In II Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah of the Southern Kingdom of Judah tears down the Brazen (Bronze) Serpent Moses had set up. This was in response to the rampant idol worship of the people. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had recently been carried away into captivity by Assyria, never to be heard from again. Assyria also posed an...

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Moses, The Sound of Music, and Storm Troopers

As the lights dimmed in North Medford High School’s Sjolund Auditorium, my nine year daughter put her little hand in mine and with my other I held my wife’s hand. Captain von Trapp blew his whistle for the youngest to step forward. “I’m Gretel!” My daughter looked up and with her smile whispered,...

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The Restoration of God’s Authority, a portion of a talk given on Sunday, February 20, 2033

The following is a talk I gave, but the computer file is somewhat corrupted, so some areas were lost as indicated by the bracketed text. Today I’ve been asked to speak about the restoration of God’s authority. I know that people like Sister [lost] or Brother [lost] could speak much more eloquently about this, but I guess that a...

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