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19 – Dissertation Research of Adam Fisher Posted by on Aug 24, 2014

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Book of Mormon Numerology

Book of Mormon Numerology Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

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008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I Posted by on Jun 8, 2014

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Drowning at church

Drowning at church Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

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In which my son almost dies and my world...

In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does. Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

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Israel-Palestine Conflict

Israel-Palestine Conflict Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

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In which my son almost dies and my world...

In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does. Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

Wilford Woodruff’s Witness Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

Radical Compassion: I Am All In Posted by on Aug 11, 2014

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Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Sta...

Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Stand Up? Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

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When the Levee Breaks

When aspects of the gospel don’t quite sit right or don’t fit into the church’s prescribed sphere of faith-promoting answers, it is a common practice in Mormonism to distance one’s self from such issues if they can’t be resolved. This is usually done under the pretense that God’s ways are not our...

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Slavery at the LDS Homeschool Convention

Aug 14, 14 Slavery at the LDS Homeschool Convention

Posted by in Featured, Politics

American Mormons adore the Constitution with a passion rich and deep. That the Constitution will hang by a thread is a virtual certainty for any number of Saints, and more, the Saints—once declared enemies of all things American—tell themselves that they will be the ones to save it.  More than a few generations’ worth of...

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The Word of Wisdom: We are Doing it All Wrong

Aug 13, 14 The Word of Wisdom: We are Doing it All Wrong

Posted by in Featured, Word of Wisdom

A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about revelation, specifically about revelation or inspiration received through a human filter. Part of the series was a three-part post in which I dissected the Word of Wisdom (through my own filter, obviously). You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.  In those posts...

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Book of Mormon Numerology

I am excited to announce the publication of my paper on Hebrew Numerology in the Book of Mormon in the most recent issue of BYU-Studies, 53:2. The thesis of the paper is that the same type of numerology used by Hebrews in the ancient world shows up in the Book of Mormon. The paper focuses on the number seven, resulting in the snazzy...

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

In May of this year, Oregon became one of the avalanche of states to open up marriage to all couples. I had signed up for text alerts from a news service so I’d know right away and the message came at noon—gay couples who wanted to be married could go to the courthouse and get a wedding license that very day. Shortly...

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17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

Aug 11, 14 17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Podcast, Priesthood

I was lucky enough to hear Darius speak this past winter at BYU. In his presentation he went over the new Gospel Topics “Race and the Priesthood”.  It was very interesting to hear his point of view and also the process of how this article was produced from a person that was involved and featured in this article. Have a...

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A Circle, Unbroken

Aug 10, 14 A Circle, Unbroken

Posted by in Faith, Featured, prayer

Growing up, I vividly remember my family forming prayer circles whenever we’d gather as a large group. One by one, “the siblings” (my aunts, uncle and mother) within the circle would take the time to offer up a prayer of gratitude, strength or forgiveness. My aunt, Arthurenia often started the prayer, with her verses gradually...

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Tale of Two Chapels

How does change happen in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Should it be bottom-up or top-down? Here’s a little story about a big chapel. Can you guess where it is? It has a tall white steeple, twin peaked roofs, black grid windows, decorative arches, two-tone exterior paint. Inside, it has varnished wooden pews, a...

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16 – Why Did Kirk Caudle Resign From The Church? Kirk Caudle Part 2

Aug 07, 14 16 – Why Did Kirk Caudle Resign From The Church? Kirk Caudle Part 2

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In part 2 Brian Kissell interviews Kirk Caudle about the recent news that he has resigned his membership from the church. Kirk received his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spiritual Traditions and Ethics) from Marylhurst University, a small Roman Catholic liberal arts school founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and...

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Snakes Alive!

by Michelle Wiener I am thoroughly convinced that if Disney ever came out with their own version of the biblical creation story, the snake would come out swinging its hips and singing, “I ain’t so bad after all.” Recently my husband and I watched the new Noah movie starring Russell Crowe (*this blog post contains a spoiler...

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16 – Who is Kirk Caudle? Part 1

Aug 05, 14 16 – Who is Kirk Caudle? Part 1

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In the Mormon Blogosphere there has been some recent news that Kirk Caudle has officially resigned from the Lds church. If you are unfamiliar with who he is, this episode is for you. About 7 months ago Kirk and I recorded an interview in order to promote his podcast as well as to tell a little bit about this wonderful individual,...

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Q&A with Scott Hales, creator of ‘The Garden of Enid’

Aug 05, 14 Q&A with Scott Hales, creator of  ‘The Garden of Enid’

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Mormon Humor

I had the delight of interviewing Scott Hales (click for bio), creator of the webcomic, ‘The Garden of Enid’. In many ways, Scott Hales is a pretty impressive guy. He’s a published scholar, a prolific blogger, but I have also learned that he is a pretty nice guy as well. So nice, in fact, that he agreed to answer a...

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Israel-Palestine Conflict

Aug 04, 14 Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, News

A voice is heard in Gaza mourning and great weeping Fatima weeping for her children refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Israel is committing a systematic incremental genocide. While this genocide is being brought to fruition Israel has severely limited and in many cases totally robbed Palestinians of their basic human...

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15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 4)

Aug 03, 14 15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 4)

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Podcast, Temple

A rebroadcast (with permission) of an early Exploring Sainthood podcast episode from 2013 with Micah Nickolaisen interviewing Mormon historian Devery Anderson. A rich discussion regarding the development of Mormon temple worship from as early as Kirtland all the way up to modern times. Devery is candid in talking about changes in...

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15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 3)

Aug 03, 14 15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 3)

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Podcast, Temple

A rebroadcast (with permission) of an early Exploring Sainthood podcast episode from 2013 with Micah Nickolaisen interviewing Mormon historian Devery Anderson. A rich discussion regarding the development of Mormon temple worship from as early as Kirtland all the way up to modern times. Devery is candid in talking about changes in...

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15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 2)

Aug 03, 14 15: Devery Anderson: The Development of Mormon Temple Worship (Part 2)

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Podcast, Temple

A rebroadcast (with permission) of an early Exploring Sainthood podcast episode from 2013 with Micah Nickolaisen interviewing Mormon historian Devery Anderson. A rich discussion regarding the development of Mormon temple worship from as early as Kirtland all the way up to modern times. Devery is candid in talking about changes in...

read more