Posts Tagged ‘ Church Living ’

The Political is Personal

January 19, 2009 | 43 comments
By

This post is Janet’s fault. Read more »

The New Era 2.0

January 1, 2009 | 70 comments
By

The Church has a new website for youth, launched today. Read more »

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008 | 2 comments
By
Merry Christmas

God be thanked for the matchless gift of his only begotten. Merry Christmas everyone. Read more »

Get thee behind me, Santa!

December 22, 2008 | 16 comments
By

I know, I know. There’s so much to love about the jolly fella. But he keeps getting in the way. Or not. Read more »

Tithing Settlement 2008

December 11, 2008 | 8 comments
By

Tithing Settlement is a great part of the Christmas season. Read more »

Release Time v. Early Morning Seminary

December 4, 2008 | 57 comments
By

Below is a forward I recently received about a perceived effort to eliminate the release time seminary system in an Idaho school district. The email is from a CES employee to parents of students in the school district encouraging them to oppose one of several proposed schedules currently under consideration that apparently would restructure the district’s trimester system and eliminate the class flexibility that enables the release time seminary program. It’s unclear whether preventing the Church from offering seminary during school hours was the intent of the proposed schedule at issue, but it nonetheless raises some interesting questions about... Read more »

The Great Unity

September 26, 2008 | 32 comments
By

Last weekend I went to the penultimate game in Yankee Stadium, and the next night watched the last game on television, complete with its post-game wake. Over nearly 20 years I’ve attended meetings there, letting a place and a culture become an almost religious part of my life. Its a Temple of baseball. Read more »

Doctrines of Localization

September 6, 2008 | 37 comments
By
Doctrines of Localization

In April, 1998, President Hinckley visited New York City to speak at a special fireside held in Madison Square Garden, and our stake provided a 100+ voice choir for the event. I remember thinking at the time that with all of the talented Church members in New York City, the choir should be permanent. Read more »

Only a Clerk

September 4, 2008 | 18 comments
By

Soon after I was made a ward clerk 20 years ago this month, I walked into the clerk’s office to find a xerox copy of an article posted there. The article was the text of a letter, sent by one of my predecessors, to the Church’s membership department, and had somehow found its way to Sunstone. It was titled “A Religion of Clerks.” The author, Randal Quarles, has since served as Undersecretary of the Treasury. Read more »

Sunday School Redux

August 25, 2008 | 4 comments
By

Three excellent quotes from this week’s Sunday School lesson: Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. Read more »

Reading Psalm 137 as a Microcosm of Discipleship

July 11, 2008 | 12 comments
By

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

Quadrupling Fast Offerings

November 30, 2006 | 42 comments
By

About a year or so ago our stake made a move to improve fast offering receipts. The bishop supported this and urged everyone to donate to fast offerings and, in addition to the general admonition, he reinstituted Aaronic priesthood collection of fast offerings after church. Read more »

I am now officially not young

March 30, 2006 | 58 comments
By

It happened not long ago. I started getting emails from something called the Cambridge Stake MSA. As is my habit with all mass mailings, I deleted the first few without reading them, but after a while I noticed them and realized that I didn’t know what MSA stood for. Turns out MSA is the “Middle Singles,” which is everyone 30-50 years old who isn’t married. In the eyes of the church, I am no longer a “Young Single Adult.” I’m just a “Single Adult.” I am now officially old. Read more »

What If President Hinckley Says This Next Month…

March 8, 2006 | 35 comments
By

“…brothers and sisters, there is another matter of which I’d like to mention before we close this glorious conference. We live in a new age. A time where information surrounds us. The internet has grown to be a regular part of many people’s lives. Email makes it easier to communicate… but I’m not going to give you my email address (crowd erupts with laughter). Read more »

The December 1925 Improvement Era

December 13, 2005 | 21 comments
By

Let’s flip through a church magazine that’s nearly a century old. The pages are slightly yellowed; there are a few stains on the cover and the staples are rusting. Read more »

The Real Reason

November 26, 2005 | 41 comments
By

Matt Evans and I went a few rounds at one of those other blogs over the reason behind falling LDS birthrates. Turns out we were both wrong. Read more »

The Four Types of Mormons

November 21, 2005 | 55 comments
By
The Four Types of Mormons

So my very bright friend in Wisconsin has come up with something that should get us light years beyond the tired old Liahona-Iron Rod business. Here it is, in his words, not mine. Read more »

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

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
By
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 »

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

August 16, 2005 | 78 comments
By

David O. McKay presented a dramatic contrast to his predecessors: an athletic, movie-star-handsome, clean-shaven figure who often wore a white double-breasted suit; contrasted to the dark-suited, bearded polygamists (or, in the case of George Albert Smith, son of a polygamist) who preceded him as Church President ever since Joseph Smith. In an age prior to professional image-makers, he instinctively grasped the importance of appearance, and coupled it to the substance of a professional educator to become an icon of Mormonism whose persona did much to change the negative image of the Church in much of the world. Read more »

HFPE

July 20, 2005 | 17 comments
By

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

Why I Love My Ward

May 5, 2005 | 50 comments
By

Sitting in Fast and Testimony meeting last Sunday, I started thinking about why I enjoy my ward so much, and it came down to the people in it. Read more »

Friday I’m in Love

April 22, 2005 | 37 comments
By

It’s Friday morning, and the house is full of the feeling that something good is just around the corner. Nothing is, of course: I have no plans for tonight, tomorrow brings no particular respite from the daily round, the weekend provides no special bookmark in the text of my life, these days. Well, there is the adults-only session of Stake Conference on Saturday night, I guess. Still, though, Friday tastes good, like movies and loud music and books and beds and restaurants and release. Yeah, you could say I’m in love. Read more »

Sectarianism vs. Assimilation

April 14, 2005 | 26 comments
By

Which should we be more strenuously avoiding, and how? Clark Goble suggests that the Church in “the last decade and a half has focused on building on common ground. But that has also (IMO) had unfortunate doctrinal consequences on the population as well as I believe leading to the decrease in conversions the last 5 – 8 years.” Read more »

Reminders to Frank about Teaching

April 12, 2005 | 16 comments
By

We have a lot of teachers around here. I am guessing that at least half of our perma-bloggers are somehow involved in teaching and probably huge chunks of our readership are or will be. Read more »