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A Day in the Life

August 11, 2014 | 5 comments

I wrote this a few months ago and forget to post it. Read more »

Performing Mark

August 7, 2014 | 14 comments
Performing Mark

It would seem that when a text is nearly two thousand years old, there might not be a whole lot new to say about it. But this isn’t the case for the Gospel of Mark. Read more »

BYUNTC Conference Videos

August 4, 2014 | 3 comments

The videos from May’s conference are now available here. Read more »

Re-reading Job by Michael Austin

July 7, 2014 | 4 comments
Re-reading Job by Michael Austin

Michael Austin, Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem Read more »

Death and How to Live It

July 2, 2014 | 14 comments
Death and How to Live It

I recently spent time in London with the Mormon Theology Seminar. Most of our days were occupied with work, but we had a little time to play tourist. I did all of the things that a first-time visitor to London is supposed to do: Read more »

David F. Holland on Women in the Church

June 27, 2014 | 78 comments

There is no shortage of interviews, essays, rants, and diatribes that you can read on the topic of women in the LDS Church generally or on Kate Kelly’s excommunication specifically. Read more »

Nephi’s Strategy

June 24, 2014 | 6 comments

Consider the structure of 1 Nephi 1: Read more »

Mormon Theology Seminar Conference

June 16, 2014 | 3 comments

For anyone in or near London this Friday: Read more »

Another (Partial) Response to Brother Otterson

May 31, 2014 | 80 comments

As I indicated in my last post, I am very, very happy with this response from Brother Otterson, for two reasons: Read more »

A (Partial) Response to Brother Otterson

May 29, 2014 | 62 comments

There is a lot that could be said about Michael Otterson’s recent open letter. I think it does a lot to heal the immense pain and anger that many people—especially those who do not support Ordain Women–have felt in recent weeks as a result of how Church PR has (mis)handled Ordain Women. So thank you, Brother Otterson. There are a few places where I think it falls short of the mark, however; this post pushes back at just one statement: Read more »

What You Hear

April 28, 2014 | 24 comments

A friend of mine shared the following with me. With her permission (and with some details scrambled for privacy) I share it with you; I thought her insights into the practical reality and consequences of being single in the Church are profound. Read more »

A (Funny) Ghost Story

April 27, 2014 | 10 comments

Jesus walks on the water and intends to “pass by” his disciples. What’s going on here? Read more »

BYU NT Commentary Conference

April 21, 2014 | 7 comments

An upcoming conference: Read more »

Thinking about Miracle Stories

April 15, 2014 | 26 comments

Should the stories of miracles that Jesus performed be considered historically accurate? Did he walk on water, or was there a conveniently placed sandbar that made his disciples think he was walking on water, or did Mark just make this story up? Read more »

Sexism and Ordination

April 12, 2014 | 81 comments

I recently participated in a TribTalk about Ordain Women. Pretty much the first words out of Neylan McBaine’s mouth were something along the lines of “ordaining women won’t end sexism.” Read more »

Five Things I Liked

April 9, 2014 | 8 comments

Here are a few things from General Conference that I loved: Read more »

Elder Oaks on Women, Priesthood, and the Temple

April 8, 2014 | 44 comments
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There is a lot that could be said about Elder Oaks’ conference talk about the relationship of women to the priesthood. In this post, I’m going to look at just one issue: the relationship of women, priesthood, and the temple. Read more »

Equal Means Something

March 24, 2014 | 102 comments

It looks like one of the major responses that will be offered in the current discussion of women’s roles is that “equal does not mean the same.” Read more »

A Kingdom of Priests

March 19, 2014 | 21 comments

On 30 March 1842, Joseph Smith spoke to the Relief Society. He said that he “was going to make of this Society a kingdom of priests as in Enoch’s day— as in Pauls day” (Citation). Read more »

An Answer for Daniel Peterson

February 28, 2014 | no comments

Brother Peterson, You asked a question on your blog that I will answer here. Read more »

Men, Women, and Modesty

February 17, 2014 | 96 comments

Imagine that every single talk you ever heard about missionary work was given by someone who had not served a mission or every single talk about fasting was from someone who (let’s say for health reasons) had never fasted. It is reasonable to suspect that our rhetoric about missionary work or fasting would, in these circumstances, sound very, very different. Currently, we define modesty as being (almost) solely applicable to females, and yet the discourse is (almost) entirely shaped by people who are not female. I think this has led us to several problems. Read more »

Unconditional Love

February 16, 2014 | 64 comments

Several years ago, I read this from Elder Nelson: Read more »

Introvert Nirvana

February 15, 2014 | 15 comments

It dawned on me today that I have achieved Introvert Nirvana in Callings Roulette:   Read more »

Guest Post: The Anthropology of Providing and Nurturing

January 31, 2014 | 57 comments

This is a guest post from Julie Hartley-Moore, who has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.  She taught at BYU for 9 years, was a Dean at Elgin Community College in Illinois, and is now director of the Utah State University Campus in Tooele.  She is a wife and mother of two. Read more »