12 Questions for Marvin Perkins, Part Two

May 21, 2009 | 10 comments

Here is Part Two of our 12 Questions with Marvin Perkins, comprised of Brother Perkins’ responses to our next four questions. See Parts One, Three and Four for our introduction of Brother Perkins and his responses to our other questions. Read more »

Thou-thee-thy from other angles

May 21, 2009 | 73 comments

In General Conference of April 2009, Elder Russell M. Nelson reminded us: 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 »

Breathing the Breath of God

April 12, 2009 | 4 comments

Genesis (2:7) says that God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils. Is our life a portion of God’s? Jesus quoted a Psalm (82:6) that said, “Ye are gods,” when confronted about his claims to divinity. Mormons are usually not so bold, but there is certainly an element in our tradition that states that humans are children of God, like godlings, capable of developing into gods. Is this idea arrogant or humbling? It depends. Read more »

Dow 6,000

March 30, 2009 | 14 comments

One of the things people find odd about Mormons is our claim to be led by a prophet. Read more »

Faith and Healing

February 20, 2009 | 30 comments

“And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed. He who hath faith to see shall see. He who hath faith to hear shall hear. The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.” (D&C 42:48-51)   Read more »

Genesis and Geology: A Dialogue

February 18, 2009 | no comments

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Getting over Nibley

February 15, 2009 | 36 comments

Of late I have been thinking of late about how to read Mormon scriptures.  In particular, I have been working on some passages in the Book of Mormon on legal interpretation and thinking about how best to approach these sections.  By and large, it seems to me that there have been three basic models of how to read LDS scriptures.  First, there has been what I think of as an external, sectarian reading.  This consists essentially of proof texting in debates and discussions with Protestant outsiders.  There is a sense in which this is the oldest kind of LDS hermeneutic.  The... Read more »

Elijah and the Sealing Power

February 6, 2009 | 13 comments

I’ve been thinking about this week’s Relief Society lesson. Read more »

Commentary on 1 Nephi 17, pt. 1

January 15, 2009 | 11 comments

This is the first of a series of posts in which I will be offering some commentary on 1 Nephi 17. Why that particular chapter you ask? The answer is that I believe that chapter 17 is setting forth a method of scriptural interpretation that proved to be very important both for the Book of Mormon and for Mormonism generally. Furthermore, what I find fascinating about the story is that ultimately it is about the legal interpretation of scripture. Read more »

The TRUTH about the Book of Mormon pronouncing guide EXPOSED

January 5, 2009 | 39 comments

The Mormon Church does not want even its own members to know how to pronounce Shimnilom Read more »

The Slaughter of the Innocents

December 22, 2008 | 26 comments

After the wise men came, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. Read more »

M Gets a Joke

October 1, 2008 | 50 comments

A while back our household sat down to watch an episode of Monk. We like Monk because not only is it funny, it’s also sad and tender and offers good – sometimes very good – cultural satire. As I fed M she kept turning her head to look at the TV, watching whatever it is she sees when she’s watching something. We’re not sure what that is because doctors have sent mixed messages about her eyesight. But she does see. Read more »

The War Chapters

August 31, 2008 | 46 comments

And a great sleep did come over the land; yea, verily, there was much dozing and nodding of heads in all of the sabbath schools. Read more »

Revelation 3:1-13

July 28, 2008 | 3 comments

Previous posts in this series are here. Read more »

Revelation 2:12-29

July 20, 2008 | 22 comments

Previous post in this series here. Read more »

Reading Psalm 137 as a Microcosm of Discipleship

July 11, 2008 | 12 comments

Psalm 137 is one of those wonderful and paradoxical passages of scripture that contains within itself a universe. Read more »

Jesus Said . . .

July 5, 2008 | 19 comments

I’m reading a commentary on Psalms and in the section on the authorship of the Psalms, the writer has this to say: Read more »

Moral Hazard in the Scriptures

May 23, 2008 | 16 comments

For those hoping to find more economics in their scripture study… Read more »

Women Who Know

October 14, 2007 | 45 comments

… grow tomatoes in their home garden, and lots of them. Men who know grow them, too. Read more »

Joseph and Moses

September 28, 2006 | 15 comments

Most are acquainted with the passage in D&C 130 where God gives a fascinating response to Joseph’s query about the Second Coming: Read more »

We Did It

August 14, 2006 | 20 comments

We’ve finally read the entire Book of Mormon as a family, all of us (those that can read, anyway) taking turns verse by verse. It only took us four and a half years, and we’re ready to do it again. Read more »

Scriptures as Seer Stones

July 10, 2006 | 32 comments

To me, the most interesting thing about the seer stone that Joseph used when translating the BoM is not that he used it but that it is really just a rock. From what I understand, if you or I were to pick it up, we couldn’t tell it apart from any other smooth rock of similar color. Read more »

True Neighbors

May 17, 2006 | 10 comments

Suppose that you splurged for the $6 version of the Church’s scriptures on CDROM. It has various ancient language toys that I am in no position to evaluate but am happy to play with. It also has a fun little tool such that when you do a search, you can click on a tab “Sort by Neighbors”. Ever wonder what that did? Read more »