Jeremiah 17:9 has been used as prooftext to show that humankind is inherently evil. Continue reading Does the Bible teach we’re ‘desperately wicked’?
When I was in college, I would routinely takes notes in class — and then seldom look at them again, and not just because my handwriting was nearly illegible. I found that the mere act of writing things down helped … Continue reading 13 days in Colombia: My travel notes
This is the draft I used for a talk at the Union Park (Utah) Stake Third Ward sacrament meeting today: A few years ago, on the weekend that our oldest son graduated from Indiana University, he and I had the … Continue reading 5 Things We Can Learn from the Book of Mormon
One of the privileges I have is to teach an adult Sunday school class. I’ve long said it’s one of the best jobs (or, as we say in my denomination, callings) there are in the church. It’s always a gratifying … Continue reading Nailed between thieves? There’s more to the story
I recently had an unusual opportunity to read a book before the publishing date. The book, which goes on sale Feb. 19, was the latest by Peter Enns, a controversial Christian writer known for challenging the traditional evangelical concept of … Continue reading A Latter-day Saint reflects on a Protestant rebel’s wisdom approach to studying Scripture
On the cover of his newest book, Peter Enns — a former evangelical religion professor who has been accused of heresy by his traditionalist critics — promises a “revolutionary way of understanding the mission of the Bible.” He delivers. Although … Continue reading Enns’ newest book takes Biblical ambiguity to higher level
One minor family Christmas tradition I’ve had for several years now is to share a Christmas song video on Facebook with Terrianne each day during the few weeks preceding and including Christmas. I don’t know how many of the songs … Continue reading ‘He sees a brother where there was only a slave’
This is for my Latter-day Saint friends. I don’t really expect those unfamiliar with my church to understand the context, but of course all are welcome to read this. Anyone else feel like [Elder Dieter F.] Uchtdorf’s talk was … Continue reading Thoughts on that talk at General Conference
No Facebook for seven days? I’ll take the challenge! Details later this week about why. Sunday (Day 0) evening: I’ll admit it, even though I never expected this to happen: I’m a Facebook addict. No, I don’t have it as … Continue reading No Facebook for a week? Let’s go for it!