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On Not Skimming Isaiah

February 9, 2012 | 9 comments
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I know as soon as you hear the phrase “cedars of Lebanon,” your eyes glaze over. Read more »

BMGD #7: 2 Nephi 3-5

February 6, 2012 | 2 comments
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BMGD #6: 2 Nephi 1-2

January 30, 2012 | 8 comments
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Romney’s Taxes and The Clueless Media

January 22, 2012 | 85 comments
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BMGD #4: 1 Nephi 12-14

January 16, 2012 | no comments
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Note that I will not be posting notes for lesson #5; I’m taking the week off.  (Notes for lesson #6 should be right on schedule, however.)  Also note that when I teach this, I plan on covering 1 Nephi 11-15, since I think it makes more sense to treat Nephi’s vision in its entirety and in its context. Read more »

BMGD #3: 1 Nephi 8-11; 12:16-18; 15

January 9, 2012 | 16 comments
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This isn’t a lesson; it is the notes from which I will prepare a lesson.   Read more »

BMGD #2: 1 Nephi 1-7

January 2, 2012 | 29 comments
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Again, this isn’t a lesson. It is the notes from which I will prepare a lesson.  Sorry it is so long. (The rabbit trail of the week was related to the killing of Laban, but I don’t plan on discussing that with my class.) Read more »

BMGD #1: Introduction

December 26, 2011 | 23 comments
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These are the notes from which I will create my Sunday School lesson. It is not a Sunday School lesson, unless your ward has Sunday School for five hours and a high tolerance for rabbit trails that happened to catch my interest. Read more »

Mormons in the US: A New Study

December 15, 2011 | 35 comments
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You can read the study itself here or a summary of it in the DN here. Read more »

Now, Even Stronger Youth!

December 14, 2011 | 83 comments
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The Church announced that it has released a revised Strength of Youth pamphlet. Read more »

Book Review: Good Tidings of Great Joy

December 10, 2011 | 5 comments
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Book Review:  Good Tidings of Great Joy

Eric D. Huntsman, Good Tidings of Great Joy, October 2011, Deseret Book, 166 pages. Read more »

Book Review: Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

December 8, 2011 | 16 comments
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Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism, Oxford University Press, October 2011, 521 pages. Read more »

Through a Glass, Darkly

December 6, 2011 | 22 comments
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“Why didn’t I know about this?” She sounds angry. Read more »

Congratulations Craig and Jana

November 8, 2011 | 10 comments
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Publishers Weekly announced their list of the top ten religion books for 2011 recently. Read more »

As Sisters In Zion

November 7, 2011 | 19 comments
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Here are the original words to this hymn. Read more »

A Prophet Occupies Wall Street

November 6, 2011 | 122 comments
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This from then-member of the Quorum of the Twelve Spencer W. Kimball in the October 1953 General Conference: Read more »

BYU Women’s Studies Conference

October 27, 2011 | 8 comments
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I hope to see some of y’all there. Read more »

President Monson on 9/11

September 8, 2011 | 39 comments
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The Washington post’s On Faith blog has a piece from President Monson responding to the question, “What have we learned about religion in the past 10 years? What was the spiritual impact of 9/11?” Read more »

In Which My Opinion of Mitch Mayne Improves

September 1, 2011 | 56 comments
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Every once in awhile, I read or hear something that just zings. Read more »

Book Review: Conversions

August 27, 2011 | 7 comments
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Craig Harline, Conversions. Read more »

A Review of Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon

August 15, 2011 | 22 comments
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A Review of Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon

In On the Road with Joseph Smith: An Author’s Diary, we get a fascinating peek into Richard Bushman’s psyche during the time immediately after the publication of his monumental work, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Read more »

The Tongues of Mortals

August 13, 2011 | 76 comments
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There’s a sidebar called “The Poetic Language of the King James Bible” in the August 2011 Ensign. Read more »

Grant Hardy at Meridian

July 20, 2011 | 88 comments
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So I haven’t exactly been a fan of Meridian, but lately they have been running some very innovative stuff from Grant Hardy; see here and here. And I suppose you can discuss his essays in the comments here, if you play nice. Read more »

A Celestial Education?

July 5, 2011 | 96 comments
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Michelle Stone’s “Celestial Education” philosophy is seriously misguided and theologically dangerous. Read more »