Monthly Archives: February 2006

Is Poverty Satanic?

February 9, 2006 | 79 comments

One of the most important scriptural texts for the theological consideration of poverty is to be found in Alma 32. This chapter discusses Alma’s mission to the Zoramites. During a sermon on the hill Onidah, Alma is approached by a group of impoverished individuals who were “poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world” (v. 4). In effect, because of poverty and social exclusion, these people had become an ideal audience for Alma’s missionary efforts. So the question arises: Is poverty therefore a virtuous force, bringing people to Christ who would otherwise reject... Read more »

Martha’s Sacrament

February 9, 2006 | 56 comments

Martha was one of the older sisters in our branch. We counted a scant dozen of them, singles and widows, making more than half of the congregation and being its very backbone. When I got to know her, Martha was in her sixties. Huge by nature and strong from her lifelong labors as a market woman, she lived in a modest but sunny apartment, four flights high. Rent and utilities took most of her tiny pension, but she managed. Every Sunday the happy woman rode to church on her big black bicycle, rain or shine. She entered our old... Read more »


February 8, 2006 | 55 comments

I tend to enjoy using the blog aggregation services provided by sites like Mormon Archipelago and Planet LDS for one-stop shopping in my blog reading. For those of us who like aggregators, there is now further cause for rejoicing — a shiny new player has officially entered the burgeoning world of bloggernacle aggregators. New portal LDSelect features the standard menu of blog feeds and comment feeds, plus intriguing added options like box customization. Read more »

Hexing the Pentateuch

February 7, 2006 | 11 comments

Accounting firms move by subtraction: The Big Eight becomes the Big Six becomes the Big Five Four Three Two; eventually we will hit the Big Zero and financial statements will be unaudited thereafter. The nacle trends in the other direction: Read more »

On the Brilliance of Hollow Slogans

February 7, 2006 | 33 comments

Last week, a bizarre demand was thrust on me by a flier advertising a leadership training program: “BECOME YOURSELF!” the photocopied handout vigorously proclaimed. Who, I wondered, does this flier suppose that I am being right now? Obviously not J. Nelson-Seawright; otherwise, there would be no reason to request that I become J. N-S, would there? Perhaps I have, without quite realizing it, been impersonating Woody Allen? Or Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Read more »

Welcome….The Mysterious RT!

February 7, 2006 | 6 comments

(Actually, “J. Nelson Seawright,” but that “Roasted Tomatoes” moniker is too good not to use….) Read more »


February 7, 2006 | 50 comments

That’s a 25 cent word if there ever was one, something for college kids to show Mom and Dad to prove they got something for their money, something a grad student to lord it over others with in the commons. Read more »

Filter hiccough

February 7, 2006 | 3 comments

We’ve been very pleased with the Akismet spam filter. Read more »

Quick and easy

February 6, 2006 | 39 comments

In the past, we’ve discussed favorite recipes and particularly tasty meals. (Some of those recipes are well worth checking out). This thread will take a different tack: Let’s talk about some quick and easy recipes that the cook of the house can fire up when he needs ideas. Read more »

Thanks, J.!

February 6, 2006 | 4 comments

We’ve enjoyed having J. Stapley as our guest for the past two weeks. Alas, now it is time to send him back to his home blog. Err, blogs. Thanks for guest blogging with us, J. Your fans will be pleased to know (or remember) that you’re still blogging at Bloggernacle Times, Splendid Sun, and some other blog. Read more »

Absolute confirmed irrebuttable evidence of a local flood

February 6, 2006 | 22 comments

Let’s answer this debate once and for all, the easy way. Was the flood local? Sure it was. That’s easy. How do I know? Simple: If the flood were global, then Cain would have drowned. Q.E.D. Ask me something hard. Read more »

Platonism on T&S

February 4, 2006 | 4 comments

In an interesting post, Julie lays out a hermeneutic approach that reminds me of Plato’s ideals. Read more »

JEF Sunday School Lesson #7

February 4, 2006 | 8 comments

Lesson 7: Abraham 1:1-4, 2:1-11; Genesis 12:1-8, 17:1-9 Read more »

Dear Anon

February 3, 2006 | 81 comments

Anon over at one of those other blogs asked an interesting question: Read more »


February 3, 2006 | 30 comments

There is no question that the earliest Saints held views of God and Heaven that were consistent with their protestant roots (1). Joseph’s visions continually transformed Mormon theology with the last months of his life capturing the most radical concepts in theogony and exaltation. He was martyred and his pyre was set against the creedal hall that enclosed God and His son. We are now left to search the Mississippi among the smoke and embers for the treasures he beheld. Read more »

Free speech versus respect for religion

February 2, 2006 | 154 comments

The Islamic world is reacting angrily to the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper. Demonstrations, threats, flag burning, forcible closure of Western offices — we know the scary pictures. In defense of free speech and to show support for the Danish editors, newspapers in France, Italy, Spain and Germany have also published the cartoons, exacerbating the wrath of Muslims. Read more »

Faith as Active Hope: Hope, Plus!

February 1, 2006 | 15 comments

A friend of mine was recently pressing me for a clear account of faith. Here is the gist of what I said, and a bit more. Tell me if you think I’m on the right track! Read more »

Congratulations Wilfried!

February 1, 2006 | 23 comments

It is with no small amount of pride that we remind our readers that Wilfried Decoo, one of our permabloggers, has been voted Best Blogger of 2005 and that one of his posts has been voted the Best Blog of 2005 (here). Wilfried brings to each of his posts his gentle personality and his erudition. But the most important thing he brings is his memory and his ability to write about those vignettes of memory in a way that reaches us all. They are thought-provoking without being critical in the negative sense. They are moving without being saccharine. Thanks,... Read more »

JEF Sunday School Lesson #6

February 1, 2006 | 15 comments

Lesson 6: Moses 8:19-30; Genesis 6-9; 11:1-9 Read more »