The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box

The other day my wife asked me to do some, um, manly things around the house. First on the list was to tighten up the p-trap under the utility sink in the garage.  I loosened up the p-trap, lined up the threads of the tightening nut, and hand tightened it.   To make sure that things wouldn’t leak, I then grabbed my channel...

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Dark Times

Jan 23, 15 Dark Times

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Humanity, Theology

The LDS apostasy narrative, of the truth being lost and priesthood authority being taken from the earth after the death of the New Testament apostles, has been a fundamental part of the Mormon story. For some investigators and many chapel Mormons the narrative makes sense, and therefore must be true, because of the many...

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“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of...

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Two Crosses

It was not a friendship I would have expected– She, black. Me, not black. She, a PhD and now attending Divinity School. Me, not an academic. She, a woman. Me, a dork. But the friendship and the call came when I needed it most. She called as I was driving home one day shortly after the news had come. The news was shocking to...

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To Whom Are We Bound?

Jan 19, 15 To Whom Are We Bound?

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Racism, Theology

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6 “To whom are we bound?” asked Dr. Wright. He looked to his left, then to his right. This question, in front of an audience of students, faculty and other members...

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The desolation of the middle

I have been told in the past that I am something of an empath. I think that may be part of what drove me to my career. A lot of empathetic people go into medicine. A lot of them have it stamped and squashed right out of them by the pressures of the job for which empathy is simply a drag. Empathy, the capacity to feel in some small...

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A Lack of Knowledge

by Michelle Wiener Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” In this verse, Hosea is condemning the Northern Kingdom of Israel...

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Nature’s Law of Agency

Most of us are already thinking about Christmas and the birth of the God who made our universe. What I offer you, today, is the thought that our gentle and loving God called out, and our universe responded, choosing to follow God’s will and become what we experience today. Let me begin. I say begin, but this is the final major...

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14 Fundamentals in Falsifying the Prophet

A bomb went off in Salt Lake City in the 1980’s. But this bomb wasn’t set by Mark Hofmann. It was set by Ezra Taft Benson, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The trigger was his famous speech, The Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, which he delivered to a packed house at BYU’s Marriott Center on...

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35: Brent Metcalfe and the Mormon Studies Podcast

Do we have enough Mormon podcasts? NO! We need MOAR! In this episode I talk with Brent Metcalfe, who is the host of the new Mormon podcast called Mormon Studies Podcast. We discuss the approach he is taking in presenting another important Mormon podcast to the world of online Mormonism, we define, albeit loosely, what Mormon Studies...

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