Knowing Better from the Margins, Doing better from the Center

There’s a beautiful thing that happens when 9 verses are removed from a chapter and given a chance to expand into healing scripture.  This is one of the things that has troubled me about the correlation of LDS curricula – all of the answers are there. There’s little room to explore much more than what’s already been said and...

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret

While we are studying the New Testament in Gospel Doctrines; get ready! This is not your typical Gospel Doctrines lesson… While teaching a New Testament class last year at the community college where I work, I stumbled upon the following verse in Mark: “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear,...

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Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan — A Review

It’s tempting at first to pass off Adam Miller’s new book as simply an attempt – much like the New International Version of the Bible – at making Paul’s writing to the Romans more understandable. Despite the fact that it does that, a deeper dive into his latest work (which also represents Adam’s first foray into...

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Jesus, The Man

When Jesus was born, he of course was offered 3 gifts by the wise men: frankincense, gold and myrrh; each of these representing an aspect of his life and mission. However it is the offering of and symbolism found in myrrh that is of significance in this particular essay. Myrrh was brought to Jesus three times in the narrative about...

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Spin is a Sin

I normally have multiple people edit the tone of my blog posts, but today I am going raw. This is the uncut, uncensored version straight out of my aching heart. I wrote a blog post titled: Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church. And I want to expand on those ideas, by addressing not pettiness but spinning. Being a parent has taught...

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Be ye therefore emotional

I was asked to do an “emotional kick off” for my relief society this week. I’d had my own emotional meltdown the night before giving my 20 minute workshop so I figured that made me a perfect candidate for teaching the concepts that I needed to use. And I felt a little bit like a hypocrite at the same time. So, as introverted as...

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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 for...

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Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church

There is a common cautionary tale I hear retold within Mormon circles. This tale goes something like this: Once upon a time the LDS Church was going to do something progressive, and amazing. However, these measures were abandoned when some person or group (often unknowingly) decided that they would engage the media regarding a...

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Christmas Reflections: The Three Wise Men

It is joked that if the three wise men had been women, they would have asked directions and thus arrived in time to help with the birth, cleaned the stable, and brought practical gifts. Well, maybe. But I’m not a fan of the bumbling male motif, especially when the gifts which the wise men brought to the baby Jesus are imbued...

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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 at...

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