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171: The CES Podcast, episode 39: Philippians

Where the heck is Philippi and how did it get its name? Did Paul see belief in Jesus as a choice or as something that is just given to the believer? What did Paul have to say about white privilege? What important roles did women in the Philippian church have? Was...

From Our Ward: Love the Poor and Needy

Moroni is very specific here. He is talking to us. He is talking to all of us Mormons. We’re the ones reading the Book of Mormon, and this is 100% addressed to us. Virtually all of us are called out for pride, for pricey clothing, and all manner of iniquity. He does add the qualifier “save a few only,” but I’m guessing that like the Relief Society sisters, those “few only” are probably going to go away thinking that they should do better. Interestingly he doesn’t give the same qualifier when he calls out our church. “Your churches, yeah, even every one, have become polluted.” Again, he’s addressing us. He says “you do love… the adorning of your churches more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.”

From our ward: Grace

If we take the commandments, ordinances, and policies, and believe that by using those tools we have guaranteed our own salvation, then we have made those very tools into graven images. We begin to measure our own worth by how effectively we swing the hammer of temple attendance or how adeptly we use the chisel of covering our shoulders. Worse than that, we can take these tools that are supposed to bring us to Christ and weaponize them against others. Faith and learning are individually gained; if we use the commandments to judge others for what we esteem is inadequate faithfulness, we have ironically broken both of the only two commandments that Jesus truly cared about.

170: The CES Podcast, episode 38: Philemon

How was the Epistle to Philemon used by pro-slave holders and abolitionists in the antebellum U.S.A.? Does slavery still exist in the U.S.? What are the similarities regarding the debates in the first century regarding slavery and the modern day debates in the U.S....

167: The CES Podcast, episode 37: 2 Corinthians 9-13

What does Paul say about white privilege? What does Paul say about ministers being paid? Is the Book of Mormon an interpretation of the Bible? All of these questions and more are discussed in this episode of The CES Podcast with Dr. Sheldon Greaves. Please leave us...


If you're not following this conversation, start now. #DearWhiteMormons Please understand what it's like to be a brown kid growing up in church and seeing no place for you in LDS art👇🏽 — Zion X Lion (@Zion_X_Lion) May 27,...

How John Dehlin’s OSF finances Q and A raised more Qs than As

What’s clear from these results is that differences in structure exist throughout the Mormon blogosphere 501(c)3 community. But across the board, there is no other evidence I could find of any one person personally benefiting from the overall proceeds of a non-profit the way John Dehlin has with the Open Stories Foundation.

Jesus Christ, Demigod

Recently in my doctoral work, I have been studying what Mormons consider part of the Great Apostasy- the first four ecumenical councils- which include the Council of Nicaea (325CE), the Council of Constantinople (381CE), the Council of Ephesus (431 CE), and the...

Questions About the Open Stories Foundation

One of John Dehlin’s signature lines on Mormon Stories is that “sunshine is the greatest antiseptic.” Perhaps that’s why there’s so much interest surrounding issues relating to the Open Stories Foundation, such as compensation, transparency, allegations of sexism and...

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