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God Sendeth Rain on the Just and the Unjust Alike

October 19, 2009 | no comments
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The gospels are full of paradoxes, mostly intentional. Is John 9 intentional? Read more »

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

August 31, 2009 | no comments
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As we all know, what this verse from Proverbs really means is that we teach our children the scriptures. Rod = Iron Rod = Word of God = Scriptures. Spare the scriptures, spoil the child. Read more »

The Book of Jer3miah

August 5, 2009 | no comments
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After reading about it on T&S, the Lovely One and I watched the first episode of the Mormon web series the Book of Jer3miah. Then ‘just one more,’ we said, and we didn’t get to bed until after midnight and Episode 20. In its 5-minute chunks the Book of Jer3miah had us grimacing in tension and giggling at jokes. Its good. Its very good. Its the strangely beautiful love child of Lost and Johnny Lingo. Read more »

Exaltation and Mere Christianity

July 17, 2009 | no comments
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God’s purpose is to make us over in His image and exalt us to godhood. This truth of Mormon Christianity offends creedal Christians. Maybe even outrages them. Read more »

Why Boys Need Men Teachers

June 23, 2009 | no comments
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One of the most malign of modern trends is the disappearance of men from the ranks of public school teachers and the decline in the number of woman teachers who wield a ruler. The Church counteracts that. I got a testimony why recently. Read more »

Doubt

June 14, 2009 | no comments
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Doubt is not a principle of the gospel. Read more »

How you like me now, Satan?

June 3, 2009 | no comments
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In Sunday School the talk turned to the council in heaven and Satan’s competing plan of salvation. Since Satan’s plan lost, why, the teacher asked, would God allow Satan to try to sabotage God’s plan? Read more »

Gaggles of Girls

May 21, 2009 | no comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Good News for Mormons

May 21, 2009 | no comments
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For the first time ever in a Gallup poll, a majority of Americans are pro-life. As many support the Church’s moderate prolife position–that abortion should be illegal, but with some exceptions–as support the extreme pro-choice and the moderate pro-choice positions combined. Read more »

I Know How Many Heavens There Are.

May 1, 2009 | no comments
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Testigos de Jehovah (Jehovah’s Witnesses) got under my skin when I was a missionary. One of the things that bugged me most was the infantile delight they took in telling you that they knew what God’s name was. None of them ever could explain *why* knowing that his real name was “Jehovah” mattered and mostly they seemed surprised at the question. If I were an uncharitable man, all the evidence would have pointed to them caring about God’s real name only because, “nyah, nyah, I know something you don’t know.” Read more »

Heaven Our Haven

April 22, 2009 | no comments
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Heaven Haven, by Gerard Manley Hopkins: Read more »

The Love That Moves The Stars

April 15, 2009 | no comments
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Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great acommandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Thus Christ’s summary of the Mosaic law. Read more »

Which is worse, pride or sexual sin?

April 10, 2009 | no comments
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Every Mormon knows Jacob’s sermon in Jacob 2 where he condemns unchastity and men who sexually dishonor women. But Jacob begins by preaching against pride. Read more »

I RESIGN FROM TIMES AND SEASONS

April 8, 2009 | 97 comments
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Since the vicious partisan scandals surrounding my administration have become a distraction from the important work of the American people, I hereby announce that I am stepping down from position of wealth and power as a Times and Seasons co-blogger to spend more time with my family. I vigorously deny all wrong-doing and solemnly promise to devote my time to searching for the real killers. Read more »

Notes from all over

March 13, 2009 | 9 comments
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Comment on the week in sidebar links. Read more »

The Gospel is Crude

March 11, 2009 | 33 comments
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The temple, we are told, is where the most sacred gospel rites occur. Brigham Young explained the meaning of those rites this way: are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens So, the deepest, most mystical, most mind-blowing things are . . . passwords? Secret handshakes? Door codes? Jon Stewart says, “Really, Brigham Young? Angel security guards. Really?” Read more »

Adultery in Law

March 10, 2009 | 70 comments
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I had a buddy in high school who was a fierce Navajo patriot. He bitterly resented what had become of his people. I needled him once on how much better off the Navajo were now with roads, and medicines, and aqueducts, and things. His voice got strangled and he could hardly say anything. He finally choked this out: “before you white men came, when we caught an adulterer we had horses drag him to death.” Read more »

Notes From All Over

March 6, 2009 | 33 comments
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Coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization

March 5, 2009 | 28 comments
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The US Senate just voted down an amendment that would prevent federal funds given to the United Nations Population Fund programs that support or promote coerced abortion (read China) or involuntary sterilization (still China, I think). Read more »

The Central Religious Experience of Mormonism

March 3, 2009 | 23 comments
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What does Mormonism portray as the central religious experience? Read more »

Are Mormons Crazy for Porn?

March 2, 2009 | 67 comments
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A study has looked at what percent of broadband users in an area also subscribe to a particular network of paid online pornography. Articles about the study have suggested that conservative religious types, especially Mormons, are more likely to use porn. Read more »

Notes From All Over

February 27, 2009 | 11 comments
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I the Lord thy God.

February 26, 2009 | 44 comments
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On being smarter than other people at church Read more »

A Motley Vision of the Wilderness

February 24, 2009 | 3 comments
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Long-time Mormon culture blog A Motley Vision has added a companion blog focused on Mormon nature writing and Mormon thinking about the natural world. T&S stand-out Patricia Karamesines is the presiding muse. Check it out. Read more »

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