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After the Fall

November 1, 2005 | 200 comments

If you are tired of reading about bannergate, don’t click here: Read more »

My Conversion Story

October 29, 2005 | 61 comments

The reason that I don’t like to tell my conversion story is that it is boring. If I were to appropriate the famous Joseph Smith line, I would have to modify it thusly: “No man knows my history. . . . I don’t blame any one for not staying awake through my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I could not have stayed awake through it myself.” So don’t say I didn’t warn you. Read more »

Platinum Wedding Bells

October 26, 2005 | 90 comments

The Saints are pretty good at spotting blatant attacks on the family. But, recently, I realized that I had been completely unaware of a subtle yet profound attack on marriage and family. Read more »

In the -Hoods: Are Motherhood and Priesthood Equivalent?

October 23, 2005 | 113 comments

Julie: This dialogue is the outgrowth of a few comments at one of those other blogs that Rosalynde suggested might make an interesting discussion. Read more »

Book Review: Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball

October 12, 2005 | 37 comments

If you liked the recent President McKay biography, you are going to love the new biography of President Kimball. Read more »

Julie’s Homeschooling Manifesto

October 7, 2005 | 160 comments

We’ve talked about homeschooling before, but once was Bryce’s baby and the other was a peripheral issue. Because people ask from time to time, I thought I’d set out my thoughts about homeschooling in a friendly Q-and-A format. Read more »

The Nineteenth-Century Bloggernacle

October 5, 2005 | 64 comments

I’ve been concerned, lately, that blogging encourages a kind of discourse that we wouldn’t otherwise see in the Saints. I was wrong. Read more »

Genesis 38

October 3, 2005 | 42 comments

“Puzzling.” “Sordid.” “Audacious, provocative, and titillating.” Those descriptors might very well apply to this week’s box office sensation, but that’s not what this post is about. All of these terms (“Sordid” comes from the Institute Manual) were used to describe the tale told in Genesis 38. Read more »

The horse you rode in on

September 28, 2005 | 389 comments

I’m still trying to scrape my jaw off of the floor after reading some of Adam Greenwood’s comments over at, you know, that other other blog. Read more »


September 22, 2005 | 39 comments

Let me describe to you what the grocery store was like today. Read more »

Report on Incident #C40859

September 18, 2005 | 6 comments


Health Care: What to Do?

September 15, 2005 | 121 comments

This from a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research Educational Trust: “The average cost of health insurance for a family of four has soared past $10,800 — exceeding the annual income of a minimum-wage earner, according to a survey released Wednesday.” Read more »

Quail and the Superdome

September 4, 2005 | 227 comments

I will frankly admit that I have been sickened by the lack of compassion for those victimized by Hurricane Katrina that I’ve seen in some corners of the Bloggernacle. Read more »

Book Review: I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
Book Review:  I Love Mormons:  A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

The techniques that Evangelicals use to convert Mormons to ‘traditional Christianity’ do not work. The same cannot be said for the method proposed by David L. Rowe in his new book. . Read more »

Thinking With Katrina

August 29, 2005 | 35 comments

While my brother and his family are safe in Texas, it appears that all of their possessions and their home in New Orleans will be under water soon. What I am hearing now is that about half of ‘well-contructed homes’ will be destroyed and the city will not be habitable for weeks. One million may be left homeless. Read more »

A Letter to Emma Ray

August 23, 2005 | 24 comments
A Letter to Emma Ray

While David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is nearly perfect in every way, one thing it doesn’t do is provide an intimate portrait of President McKay. That lacuna is partially filled by Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay to Emma Ray McKay. Read more »

Book Review: The Parenting Breakthrough

August 19, 2005 | 37 comments
Book Review:  The Parenting Breakthrough

You just gotta love any book that has a picture of a seven-year-old boy cleaning a toilet on the cover. Read more »

Welcome Gregory Prince

August 16, 2005 | 12 comments

We are excited to welcome Gregory Prince, coauthor of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (published March 2005 and already in its third printing; reviewed here). Welcome, Greg! Read more »

Book Review: The Book: A History of the Bible

August 14, 2005 | 10 comments

I should warn potential readers: there’s a real danger that you will drool on the pages of Christopher de Hamel’s new book. Read more »

Thank You, Kirsten

August 8, 2005 | 13 comments

It’s time to say goodbye to Kirsten and thank her for being an oustanding guest blogger. I appreciate the way that she formulated potentially-explosive and oft-discussed topics in a fresh, creative way that led to great discussions. Thanks, Kirsten, and we hope you’ll continue to stop by and comment. Read more »

Blood on the Doorposts

August 2, 2005 | 142 comments

Let’s call her Sister Jones. We both taught seminary in Northern California a few years ago. I liked her from day one: faithful, funny, and willing to lend out anything from her complete collection of Sunstone back issues. (This was in the days before full Internet access, you see.) Read more »

Flannel Board Lust

July 30, 2005 | 14 comments
Flannel Board Lust

Who knew when I started reading’s new column ‘Object Lust’ that I would fall victim to this deadly sin? Who could have predicted that the object of my attraction would be a flannel board? Read more »

Guest Blogger: Kirsten M. Christensen

July 21, 2005 | 7 comments

I’m pleased to introduce Kirsten M. Christensen as our newest guest blogger. Kirsten has a PhD in Germanic Studies from UT-Austin and has taught at Mount Holyoke College and Notre Dame and is now at Pacific Lutheran University. She’s married to Ted Warren (who may have the most interesting job of anyone I know) and she has two adorable, smart, precious boys, Grayson and Hal. Read more »


July 20, 2005 | 17 comments

Griping about endless crafts at Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting is a Bloggernacle staple. I’d like to try something different. Read more »