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Sunday School Lesson 20

May 9, 2005 | no comments
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Lesson 20: Doctrine and Covenants 76; 131:1-4; 132:19-24; 137 These are longer than usual. Read more »

Why I Love My Ward

May 5, 2005 | 50 comments
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Sitting in Fast and Testimony meeting last Sunday, I started thinking about why I enjoy my ward so much, and it came down to the people in it. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 19

May 3, 2005 | no comments
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Lesson 19: Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19; 76:40-42, 96-112; 88:14-16; 138:55-56 Read more »

The Order of Things

April 24, 2005 | 27 comments
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My discussion of belief and practice has in its background a larger discussion concerning what it means to be religious. Read more »

Belief and Practice

April 24, 2005 | 7 comments
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I have been carrying on an argument with Nate on one of his posts (## 5 and 7) and in his responses to one of Blake’s posts ( #23) –sort of. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 18

April 23, 2005 | no comments
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Lesson 18: Doctrine and Covenants 95, 109, 110 Read more »

The New Pope

April 19, 2005 | 19 comments
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There have been many responses to the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy, becoming Pope Benedict 16. Here are some of them (thanks to Arts and Letters Daily) Read more »

The Gift of the Holy Ghost

April 16, 2005 | 12 comments
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Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the gift of the Holy Ghost. In one sense, nothing profound has come from that thinking. I’ve felt that my thinking has been worth the effort it took. I have enjoyed the spirit I felt while thinking about it and feel better prepared to received the Holy Ghost, but my thinking hasn’t something that can be reproduced in an essay. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 17

April 16, 2005 | 4 comments
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Lesson 17: Doctrine and Covenants 59:13-14, 21; Doctrine and Covenants 119; Doctrine and Covenants 120 Thought questions for D&C 59 were included in lesson 16, so I will not repeat them here. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 16

April 5, 2005 | no comments
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Doctrine and Covenants 59 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 15

April 3, 2005 | 2 comments
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Lesson 15: Doctrine and Covenants 46 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 14

April 3, 2005 | 2 comments
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Lesson 14: D&C 42:30-42; 51; 78; 82; 104:11-18 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 13

April 3, 2005 | one comment
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Lesson 13: Doctrine and Covenants 5:10; Moses 1:40-41; 2 Nephi 3:11-15; Doctrine and Covenants 84:19-25; 88:15-24; 93:29; 107:23, 33, 35; 124:37-42; 128:16-18; 130:22 Read more »

A Small Thing

March 31, 2005 | 50 comments
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When I was in graduate school, I had long hair and a beard. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 12

March 18, 2005 | one comment
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Lesson 12: D&C 29:1-8; D&C 33:3-7; D&C 37; D&C 38:24-41; D&C 52:2-5, D&C 52:42-43; D&C 57:1-3; D&C 110:11; Articles of Faith 1:10 Read more »

The Sway of Philosophy

March 17, 2005 | one comment
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As I see students get excited about Heidegger or Wittgenstein or some other philosopher and the insights into their own lives and the gospel that come with that excitement, I remember my first year or so in graduate school. Read more »

FeastUpontheWord

March 15, 2005 | 10 comments
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My second son, Matthew, has been working on a web site, actually a Wiki site, for a while now: http://feastupontheword.org. Read more »

Christian Meditation

March 14, 2005 | 30 comments
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This week’s lesson in my ward’s Priesthood and Relief Society meetings was number four, “The Elements of Worship.” As we talked about reverence, meditation, and communion, I was reminded of a talk President Hinckley gave when, as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, on one of many visits to Korea, he spoke to the missionaries. I don’t recall the topic of his talk, but I vividly recall him talking about the need for meditation. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 11

February 27, 2005 | 2 comments
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Lesson 11: Doctrine and Covenants 4, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 31, 33, 75 Since most of the other sections for this lesson repeat what we find in section 4, I will focus my questions on it. Read more »

Keys and Authority

February 20, 2005 | 14 comments
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In Gospel Doctrine class today, we read several verses from Doctrine and Covenants in which the keys of the priesthood are referred to. (We are on lesson eight.) An example is D&C 84:19: “This greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.” Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 10

February 19, 2005 | 8 comments
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Lesson 10: D&C 25 Verse 1: Christ is speaking here, rather than the Father. Why is it important for us to become his son or daughter rather than to be his brother or sister? He tells us that we become sons and daughters by receiving his gospel. How do we that? (Compare Mosiah 5:7.) Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 9

February 13, 2005 | 2 comments
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Lesson 9: D&C 20:1–36, D&C 20:68–69, D&C 20:75–79; D&C 21; D&C 27; D&C 115:1–4 Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 8

February 12, 2005 | 6 comments
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Lesson 8: D&C 13; D&C 20:38–67; D&C 27:12–13; D&C 84:6–30; D&C 107:1–20; D&C 110:11–16; Joseph Smith History 1:66- 73 This lesson is on the restoration of the priesthood. I will spend two weeks on this lesson, the first devoted to the Aaronic priesthood and its restoration, the second devoted to the Melchizedek priesthood. I’m including study questions for both lessons here for those who do not wish to divide the lesson into two. Read more »

Prayer

February 11, 2005 | 26 comments
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Each month of this semester the Faculty Center at BYU is sponsoring a panel discussion of prayer. The participants are Julia Boerio-Goates (Chemistry), Thomas Griffith (University General Counsel), Roger Keller (Church History and Doctrine), and James Siebach (Philosophy). Read more »

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