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Divine Absence

November 30th, 2015 by G.

The best way for Man to live his mortal life, probably the only way for Man to live as a Man; is for him to grapple with and solve problems for himself , including making mistakes. That is the path of theosis.

-thus Bruce Charlton

Update: Mark Citadel makes a great comment below. He reminds me one of my formative spiritual experiences. I was questioning the existence of God as a teenager and it was made clear to me that what I saw as the apparent absence of God was more like the 1% absence of God and the 99% presence that I had become used to, and in fact couldn’t function without. The divine “absence” that is necessary for personal growth towards theosis is only relative.

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November 30th, 2015 07:48:31

The Keys to Miracles.

November 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

The keys to miracles are laid out in Spencer Kimball’s book “Faith Precedes the Miracle” available used on Amazon.

Personal guidance and revelation through the Holy Ghost, also being forms of miracles, are accessed with the same keys.

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November 27th, 2015 15:30:28


November 26th, 2015 by G.

When you hurt your rib diving you still managed to catch the ball. Your son was there to see you.
Your assay in smoking a turkey worked out.
At the meal, your son gives you a world-class straight line.
Your wife’s hair is up and elegant. Her eyes sparkle.
You feel that God is with you.
You have a thankful, brimming heart.

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November 26th, 2015 14:01:17

Weekly Tyranny

November 23rd, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

With the recent focus on keeping the Sabbath day holy, I have to say that I am shocked, nay, offended that my bishop would force me to attend early-morning meetings on the Sabbath. (more…)

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November 23rd, 2015 15:21:30

The Parrot and the Ford

November 23rd, 2015 by G.

A bull was grazing in a field near a stream. Now in that country there was a flock of escaped parrots who busied themselves in other people’s matters. (more…)

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November 23rd, 2015 10:37:53

In dream I met the Faery Queen

November 20th, 2015 by G.

Centuries passed on Middle Earth – My story
Remains, inspires, enchants – is garbled.
But truth persists. The Eildon Hills
Still cast enchantment wide into the world.

-from Bruce Charlton

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November 20th, 2015 10:56:14

In Childish Eyes the World’s Alive

November 20th, 2015 by G.

In childish eyes the world’s alive. Your son bashes a weed with his cardboard sword; he means to punish it for scratching him. Your daughter thinks you turn off all the lights in the house at night so the house can go to sleep. The world is enchanted, but not eerily. (more…)

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November 20th, 2015 10:52:41

In the Country of the Blind

November 19th, 2015 by G.

the one-eyed man must pretend he cannot see.

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November 19th, 2015 10:36:51

Rescue and Growth – Salvation and Progression

November 19th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

In the modern West, there is a vast work to do in rescuing people from (self-)damnation – in saving them. This is the speciality of various ‘Evangelical’ Protestant groups – indeed, I think it is a fair generalization to say that this is almost all of what such churches do: they are geared to win Christian converts (i.e. those who come to Jesus and are born-again) – and when they have done this, the new converts are enlisted to do more of the same for others. (more…)

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November 19th, 2015 08:06:19

Some excellent questions about the Paris attacks

November 18th, 2015 by Vader

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November 18th, 2015 10:58:30

An amicus brief

November 17th, 2015 by Vader

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November 17th, 2015 13:34:30

Bartleby for President!

November 17th, 2015 by Vader

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November 17th, 2015 13:02:57

The Morning and the Evening

November 17th, 2015 by G.

In the morning, a crescent moon in the dawn blue.  In the evening, a dust storm has left your area clear, but turned the horizon a strange yellow.  The setting sun is a vague ball glowing in a strange, uniform pale.

The sense you have is the sense you have after reading the best science fiction.  Wonder and awe.  But beyond what mortal science fiction can do.

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November 17th, 2015 06:40:05

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Prophets: Courtship

November 16th, 2015 by G.

Sex selection is a big thing in evolution.  Why does the peacock have a gaudy, useless tail?  The only reason we can think of is that drab little peahens like the macho display.  The tail says, “look at me!  I’m (bird)man enough to survive and thrive while carrying all this useless junk around.”  So generation after generation the drab little peahens flock around the guys with the biggest tail and cluck over his eggs, and so generation after generation the little male peachicks are the ones with the genes for the biggest tails.  So every generation the pea race gets bigger tails, tempered only by the fact that, you know, a lot of the peacocks sporting big tails probably get eaten.

That’s the theory anyway.  It’s the best explanation we can come up with for features that otherwise don’t make sense. (more…)

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November 16th, 2015 06:41:19

Bearing Testimony, Baring Record

November 12th, 2015 by John Mansfield

One practice of the Latter-day Saints is to bear testimony of the gospel. In particular, one worship service each month is devoted to members bearing testimonies to their wards. Another practice is to joke about baring testimony. That is when instead of carrying an edifying message to hearers, saints lose track of their purpose at the pulpit in excessively revealing ways, sharing stories of family trips, or health concerns, or experience with sin that others may not feel at ease hearing about so intimately.

Last week I spent several hours with the first chapter of John (“In the beginning was the Word, . . .”), and a minor repeated detail of John the Baptist’s ministry was noticeable:
“John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
“And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.”
“And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

So, the homophone isn’t so wrong after all.

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November 12th, 2015 12:05:20