Perspective on Peter

Apr 18, 14 Perspective on Peter

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Growing up in the church, I have often heard Peter referenced as one who failed. He lost faith when he removed his gaze from Jesus and sunk into the water. He denied the Christ three times on the day of our Savior’s crucifixion. Yes, he did many great things too, but for some reason he was, more often than not, a go-to for...

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CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS A MORMON WARD – A REFLECTION

CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS A MORMON WARD – A REFLECTION We piled into our minivan almost a half hour earlier than we normally do. “Okay, I’ll say family prayer,” I said. “…Heavenly Father, we are grateful that today we can remember the last time Jesus went into Jerusalem…” When we...

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The King James Bible in the Book of Moses, Part I

With the recent publication of David Bokovoy’s Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, many have wondered to what extent the Bible has had influence on the Book of Moses. The discussion has mainly revolved around the parts of the text that are obvious revisions of the Genesis creation chapters (Genesis 1, 2-3) that...

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The Prodigal Son

Our ward recently had stake conference and in Relief Society we were given a lesson on The Prodigal Son by our stake president.  It was a wonderful lesson and I was touched by the words and thoughts that were shared by my wonderful stake president and members of my ward. I think often in the LDS church, we get caught up in the...

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Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

One of the most exciting things to discuss and study in religion for me has always been Jewish apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature.[i] Some of the most beautiful literary works I have read are found in the Jewish writings outside of the Hebrew Bible, but roughly contemporary to the books written last (ca. 300-150 BCE) in that...

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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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Celestial Math

I’ve said before on many occasions, that while I am certain I can claim to be a good Mormon, I am not a remotely perfect Mormon. And neither are you. Neither have been any members of this church. Nor prophets, founders, or leaders of this church. I’m not just saying they haven’t been perfect. I think most people...

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Bob Marley is Scripture to Me

**This is in no way exhaustive and is meant for discussion purposes** What is scripture? This question came up while I was reading weird stories from the Old Testament a few weeks back and I started to wonder. I pondered and studied the question privately and then started asking around. You’ve heard the quip, “Ask two Jews,...

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Hoping For A Wise Star

Some of us celebrate Christmas with surety about the truth of the Savior’s birth. Some of us feel lonely, isolated from the apparent joy that seems to come so easily to those who testify of what they know. Some of us are surrounded by loved ones, embraced at family gatherings, welcomed with open arms by neighbors at ward or...

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Herrings

My cousin posted this article on his Facebook wall this week. It’s a pretty typical post for the demographic subgroup that is “members of Jared’s immediate and extended family”, and it’s pretty innocuous in its own right. Most of my family, friends, and acquaintances are, after all, Mormons. Ergo...

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