Guest Bloggers

Faith’s Fear Factor

July 6, 2009 | 42 comments

I recently had a co-worker ask me how many wives my husband had. “Just one,” I answered. Red-faced, I hurried to explain that Mormons don’t practice polygamy. By the end of our conversation, he looked unconvinced and I felt uncomfortable because I belong to a church outside the mainstream. The innocuous encounter gave rise to one of my least favorite emotions—feeling guilty for feeling embarrassed about the most important thing in my life. Religiosity, I often worry, isn’t chic. Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Rebecca McConkie Smylie

July 6, 2009 | 2 comments

Times & Seasons is pleased to welcome our newest guest blogger, Ms. Rebecca McConkie Smylie. Read more »

Divide? Maybe not so much — Part 1

July 2, 2009 | 40 comments

(See my disclaimer about the title) There are many similarities between Mormonism and evangelical Christianity which are generally uncontested by both parties. I thought I would cover these prior to doing a post on the similarities which I suspect will be more controversial. Read more »

What death can teach us about heaven and hell

July 1, 2009 | 35 comments

People are always making assertions about what heaven must contain in order for it to qualify as heaven for them, some of these assertions being more jokes than anything else. “It’s not heaven without sex.” “It wouldn’t be heaven if isn’t there.” “If heaven doesn’t have Egg McMuffins, I don’t want to go there.” Read more »

Why We’re Confused

June 27, 2009 | 62 comments

An old adage among outsiders who study Mormonism states that determining what is and is not Mormon doctrine is a lot like trying to nail jello to a wall—except that the latter feat is entirely possible while the former remains a struggle to this day. Evangelicals who interact with Mormons often express frustration to that end. It seems that as soon as we think we’ve figured out what Mormons believe and how to respond to it, the next Mormon we meet will tell us “we don’t believe that,” “that’s not doctrine,” or “that’s just his opinion.” It would probably... Read more »

How Wide the Divide . . . and can we ever Bridget?

June 25, 2009 | 27 comments

We’re pleased to welcome Bridget Jack Meyers as a guest blogger. Read more »

The Revisionist Reformation

June 9, 2009 | 30 comments

A favorite perennial topic of discussion is the ever-elusive distinction between church culture and doctrine (or officially sanctioned practice or attitude).  Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes James Olsen

June 9, 2009 | 6 comments

Times & Seasons is excited to introduce our latest guest blogger James C. Olsen. Read more »

Reflections on the Islamization of Knowledge

June 4, 2009 | 10 comments

The historical grandeur of Islamic intellectual achievement has been both a blessing and a burden for modern Muslims. There is, on the one hand, a great and justified sense of pride in the accomplishments of the giants of the tradition—the Sibawaihs, Ibn Sinas, Ibn Haythams, and Al-Ghazalis. Read more »

Old School Scripture Mastery

May 28, 2009 | 8 comments

Although Moroni was anxious about the Nephites’ “weakness in writing,” he does note that the Nephites were able to “speak much,” and that their spoken words were “powerful and great” (see Ether 12:23–27). Read more »

Tales from My Fathers

May 22, 2009 | 14 comments
Tales from My Fathers

My paternal grandfather, Marc Ricks, is 98 years old. He was born in September 1910, just a few months after President Hinckley. Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Robert Ricks

May 20, 2009 | 8 comments

Times & Seasons is happy to introduce our next guest blogger, Robert Ricks.  Read more »

Thank You Guest Bloggers

May 20, 2009 | no comments

Times & Seasons would like to thank guest bloggers Rory Swenson and Bruce Webster for their contributions over the last few weeks. We have more great guest bloggers in the works, so stay tuned. Read more »

Uber-Deep and Important Doctrinal Questions

May 15, 2009 | 18 comments

After reading the post from a couple days ago about optimal tithing rates, I started to think about some of the unanswered questions that have come to mind while I’ve been playing Brick Breaker in Elder’s Quorum pondering the mysteries of the Gospel.  It seems like this audience might be able to offer some differing perspectives on these conundrums that, up to now, have kept me at a loss.  A lot of you seem to be much smarter than I am. Have at them. Read more »

Brotherhood. Friendship.

May 7, 2009 | 7 comments

Key to this is our ability to strip ourselves of pretense; to lay bare our faults, our doubts, and our struggles. It is a refreshing - and frightening - experience to be completely candid, to trust the others within the group to listen and respect our experiences, even as they candidly respond and criticize. It can be brutal at times, but behind that brutality is always a sense of love and friendship. Read more »

What Does My Lack of Personal Trials Say About Me?

May 7, 2009 | 33 comments

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I should talk about in my inaugural post on this blog.  Quite honestly, when I agreed to do a stint as a guest blogger, I thought it would be pretty easy.  But, lately, it seems that all my Mormonism-related thoughts have been trite and meaningless.  For example, I considered drafting a post complaining about one of the teachers Elders Quorum and his refusal to teach out of the manual.  But, honestly, I think that post would have just ended up being a rant about a quorum discussion outlining the evils of... Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Bryan Hickman

May 4, 2009 | 5 comments

Even as our current guest bloggers, Rory Swenson and Bruce Webster, are still wrapping up their guest posting stints, Times & Seasons is happy to introduce our next guest blogger, Bryan Hickman. Read more »

Musings on Drifting Faith

April 27, 2009 | 24 comments

The question becomes not if our policies and teachings will adapt, but rather how. And further, what statements are we making today - strident and bombastic - for which we will be judged tomorrow? Statements and positions that our future generations will be pressed to reconcile, to explain, or to disavow? Read more »

Four sources of the Apocalypse

April 27, 2009 | 46 comments

With the past two months, I have read — for various reasons — four different novels laying out apocalyptic events within the United States. Here are the novels, in the order I read (or re-read) them, and with the reasons why I read them: — Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (1977): a comet fragments and strikes the Earth in numerous places, collapsing much of world civilization, including the United States. I’ve read this several times before; I saw it cited on a blog (Samizdata) in a discussion on “the best end-of-the-world novels”  and decided to dig... Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Bruce Webster

April 27, 2009 | 10 comments

Even as our current guest blogger continues to post, Times & Seasons is happy to welcome Bruce Webster as our next guest blogger. Read more »

Speaking of Faith

April 23, 2009 | 7 comments

Religion can be divisive. We read of historical confrontations and we witness the divisiveness in the world around us – between major world religions and among the sectarian branches they foster. But while religion and faith claims can be divisive, it needn’t be this way. There are ways to approach faith and differences of faith in constructive, expanding ways. One example is carried on over 200 public radio stations each week, a program called Speaking of Faith. The host, Krista Tippett, explores faith in a narrative approach that draws out the complexities of, the power in, and the wisdom... Read more »

The Ninety-Nine and the One

April 17, 2009 | 41 comments

It isn’t easy to be inconvenienced, especially when we are asked to tolerate the views or the actions of the other, and love them too! It would be easier to ignore them, cast them out, keep things easy and pure. But that isn't the plan. Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Rory Swensen

April 16, 2009 | 5 comments

We’d like to give a warm, hearty welcome to Rory Swensen, who has agreed to guest blog here for a week or two. Read more »

Time to Reconsolidate?

March 22, 2009 | 120 comments

I was only a teenager when the new-fangled consolidated schedule hit the church fashion scene. Read more »