Celebrating Passover

Apr 20, 14 Celebrating Passover

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CELEBRATING PASSOVER by Jerilyn Hassell Pool On Thursday night, our ward held a Seder meal as part of our celebration of Holy Week performed by Ayala Sarah Zonnenschein, the Executive Director at Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish community in Ashland, Oregon. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d read several articles about the...

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Lying for the Lord?

  The LDS Church is currently engaged in a systematic and officially endorsed effort to misrepresent some of its teachings to the outside world. This is not a new phenomenon.  As far back as the Nauvoo period, “Joseph [Smith] publicly and repeatedly denied he was advocating polygamy” while simultaneously marrying upwards...

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The Dangerous Doctrine of Christ

Saul of Tarsus was a devout Pharisaic Jew who was born a citizen of the Roman Empire. He spoke fluent Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He was educated at the feet of Gamaliel, a revered doctor of the Law and the Prophets. Upon his conversion to Christianity, Saul, renamed Paul, became the single most influential preacher of...

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Who is Your God?

Mar 04, 14 Who is Your God?

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I’m a big fan of M. Night Shyamalan—well except for “The Last Airbender” and “Lady in the Water”. Well okay… I just liked “Signs”, “The Village”, and of course “The Sixth Sense”. I love the little twist and the stories inside the stories. One of the...

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Tears for the Unordained Women in My Life

Last Saturday my wife tells me that our 13 year old La La (nickname) is going to be set apart on Sunday as a counselor in the Beehive’s Class Presidency and we are invited to attend. I sigh, not because I don’t feel proud of her but because I feel afraid of this moment as it signals one of several uniquely Mormon events aimed at...

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The Old Testament Does Not Prohibit Homosexuality

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. The section in Genesis for this week’s lesson is Genesis 13-14; 18-19, a crucial set of passages where the Bible paints a defining picture of Abraham, Lot, their families, and the world they lived in. There isn’t time to do proper justice to these sections, because understanding some of them demand a...

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Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

Feb 19, 14 Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

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TEMPLE BAPTISMS – A REFLECTION It was the combined opening priesthood meeting when the announcment was made that the youth in our ward would be going to the temple in two days to do baptisms for the dead.  They needed some volunteers from the Melchizedik Priesthood holders to help with the ordinances. I used to be the Young...

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Discovering the Old Testament: Sacrifice, Sin, and the Cosmic Order

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. In this week’s installment of “Discovering the Old Testament” we spend some time exploring the ancient Israelite sacrificial system, which is one of the more opaque parts of Biblical law. For most modern readers it has something to do with burning lots of animals to remove sins for reasons...

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Unassuming God

Assumptions about God Omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Dogma in our modern understanding is pretty much just another way of saying “arbitrary assumptions”. According to a Pew Research Foundation survey on religion (see “Interpretation of Religious Teachings”), 54% of Mormons believe that there is only...

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Child Abuse and the Sacrifice of Isaac  by Tresa Brown Edmonds As a survivor of childhood abuse, the way we usually teach the story of Abraham is deeply disturbing to me.  Any God that would command someone to harm their child just for the sake of His own worship is not a God I want anything to do with. And is certainly not in...

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