Blog Archives

Charitable Impulses in a Consumer Society

December 19, 2005 | 20 comments

Start from the premise that we all want the world to be a better place. We want equity, justice, prosperity, security, etc. for everyone. Should we pursue those goals through our purchasing decisions? Read more »

Gordon: My Conversion

November 23, 2005 | 3 comments

When I first learned that Joseph Smith had written more than one version of the First Vision, I understood completely. Like Jim, I have “any number of versions” of my conversion story. Read more »

Malcolm Gladwell on the Future of Religion

October 17, 2005 | 20 comments

In its latest issue, Time magazine “assembled some of the smartest people we know to identify the trends that are most likely to affect our future.” Read more »

A Marketing Hypothetical

October 17, 2005 | 62 comments

This season The University of Notre Dame has been airing a student recruiting advertisement called “Candle”. Read more »

Senator Hatch Takes Sin Money

October 12, 2005 | 110 comments

A long time ago, when I was a practicing lawyer, I concocted a scheme with another Mormon lawyer to raise an investment fund targeted at companies that cater to vices. Alcohol, tobacco, p0rn, etc. Read more »

Harriet Miers

October 9, 2005 | 127 comments

Last year, on November 2, I was still undecided about whether to cast a vote for George Bush. Read more »

Katrina Relief

August 31, 2005 | 35 comments

I hope that each of us is praying and perhaps fasting for those who have been affected most directly by Katrina. As I thought about doing something more — specifically, donating to the relief effort — I wondered whether we could or should funnel donations through the Church. If not, what are the best options? Red Cross? Read more »

‘Til Death Do Us Part

August 30, 2005 | 55 comments

When the topic turns to marriage, someone in Gospel Doctrine class inevitably refers with derision to that famous phrase from traditional marriage vows, “’til death do us part.” To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, “I do not think this means what you think it means.” Read more »

Gossip is Good

August 17, 2005 | 22 comments

So says the New York Times. Read more »

Thank you, Sister Murdoch

August 15, 2005 | 4 comments

Sister Murdoch did not want to go on a mission, but she went anyway. Read more »

Searching the Scriptures

August 7, 2005 | 22 comments

Several weeks back, I posted a short thing on Conglomerate and Blogcritics about my search for Harry Potter & The Half-blood Prince. Read more »

Mitt Romney for President?

July 26, 2005 | 62 comments

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has presidential aspirations. Read more »

BYU Football

July 14, 2005 | 11 comments

As many of you know, BYU’s football team has been in a bit of a slump for the past three seasons. I am very encouraged, therefore, by the new coaching staff’s innovative efforts to recruit new players. Watch out, Utes! Read more »

Temple Marriage Litmus Test

July 11, 2005 | 163 comments

When I lived in Oregon, a member of my ward suggested a state-of-the-marriage litmus test for couples who had been married in the temple. Read more »

Working for the Church: Calling or Job?

June 8, 2005 | 132 comments

The discussion below under my post on Kim Clark is evolving toward this topic, which I have wondered about for a long time. During my short stint teaching at the MTC just after my mission, all of the MTC instructors were invited to a meeting with a General Authority. He asked us, “How many of you view your work at the MTC as a calling?” Almost all of the hands in the room were raised. Read more »

Harvard Business School Dean Heads to Rexburg

June 6, 2005 | 55 comments

Harvard Business School Dean Kim Clark is resigning to take over the Presidency at BYU-Idaho. See here and here. My impression from speaking to HBS faculty is that Clark has been a very effective dean, so this looks like great news for BYU-Idaho. Read more »

Learn to Dance with Napoleon Dynamite

May 20, 2005 | 9 comments

Quick, there’s still time before the next youth dance! Check it out! Hat tip to Metafilter. Read more »

About Those “Other Sheep” …

May 18, 2005 | 25 comments

In 3 Nephi 16:1-3, Jesus proclaims: And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister. For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet heard my voice; neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them. But I have received a commandment of the Father that I shall go unto them, and that they shall hear my voice, and shall be numbered among my... Read more »

Sex Ed

May 17, 2005 | 140 comments

For me one of the enduring frustrations and perplexities of parenting children in public schools is the need to monitor sex education curricula. If you think that schools don’t need monitoring, you aren’t paying attention. Read more »


May 13, 2005 | 33 comments

The pressure to give this book rave reviews is enormous. Everyone seems to love it (the Freakonomics website will lead you to plenty of positive reviews), and Steven Levitt is an undeniably brilliant economist — my hat’s off to anyone who wins the John Bates Clark Medal. But this is not a brilliant book. And not just because the title is stupid. Read more »

Baptism by Fire

May 10, 2005 | 17 comments

I have a pretty simple understanding of the Gospel, and I rarely come across scriptures that can’t be accommodated to my existing world view (or dismissed as scrivener’s errors!). Recently, however, I read a verse in the Book of Mormon that stopped me in my tracks. Read more »

The Vanishing Mothers

May 9, 2005 | 304 comments

In the wake of all of these feel-good posts about mothers and motherhood (or parenthood), I thought someone should write something deflating. Happy to oblige. Read more »

Your Teenager’s Journal … Online

May 6, 2005 | 67 comments

This is a question from a friend who is looking for advice. He noticed that his teenage daughter had been spending a lot of time on a site called When he checked the internet browser’s history, he discovered that she keeps an online journal. Should he read it? Read more »

Sharing the Gospel Rewards Program

May 5, 2005 | 46 comments

Rewards programs are all around us. Use your credit card, get frequent flier miles. Stay at a hotel, earn travel points. Buy 10 pizzas, get the next one free. If we want more converts, why not create a rewards program for sharing the Gospel? Not just eternal or psychic rewards, but immediate, tangible, worldly rewards. 10 converts = Trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center 50 converts = Dinner with President Hinckley It would work, wouldn’t it? Read more »