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Experiencing God’s Character

August 01st, 2017 by G.

At Sunday School, two questions:

What trials have brought you closer to God?

Betsey’s death.
My mission.


What is God’s character as you know it through experience?

Tender, amused, brusque, patient, mighty, firm, wrathful, affectionate, delighting, transcendent, light-filled, dignified, stooping

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August 01st, 2017 06:42:04

Communion versus Communication

July 28th, 2017 by G.

The light of Christ isn’t a communicator, its an influence. it leads towards truth and goodness. But truth and goodness have many pieces that must be experienced as parts before they are experienced as one whole. So even good, earnest inquirers after truth and goodness will have pretty different points of view in the light of Christ. In the good ol’ metaphor, they are touching different parts of the elephant.

The Holy Ghost is a Person. It does communicate. At the same time, the major action of the Holy Ghost seems to be communion. The experience of even partial communion with a member of the Godhead is overwhelming. It communicates, but also transforms. At the same time–I say this very tentatively–I wonder if communion also has its limits as a method of communication? After all, I’m not sure that the total experience of light and truth and joy is very craftable to hit nuances.

Tentatively, it may follow from this that the Holy Ghost normally communicates us with a still, small voice . . . because if it approaches any closer, the message would be drowned out (or conversely, because we need the experience of detecting the subtleties before we can usefully receive communication while in communion).

Tentatively, it may follow from this that we need to do a lot of study and imaginative work before the Holy Ghost can usefully confirm that what we have planned is right. Otherwise, we may just present basic concepts of good that communion with the Holy Ghost may confirm as good, because they are good, but incomplete.

Tentatively, this may explain why we amateurs often find that what we thought was inspiration was wrong, not because dead wrong, but because incomplete.

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July 28th, 2017 06:58:40

Mene Mene Step 3

July 27th, 2017 by G.

What do various ideologies look like when weighed in the Step 3 balance? (more…)

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July 27th, 2017 14:57:33

A Full C.S. Lewis Chronology

July 27th, 2017 by G.

Dr. Charlton has discovered a rich helping for Lewis fans. It’s full of gravy.

[Fixed. -LinkSlinger]

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July 27th, 2017 08:31:08

In the Mouth of Babes

July 27th, 2017 by G.

Why are toddlers the source of so many family catchphrases and family circle nicknames? We all go around now saying “How nice!” and “Oh my goodness!” because are two-year-old does. And I don’t know how many families I know of where someone’s nickname was originally a little sibling’s mispronunciation. I know a Laura who is Coca to her family, because that is how she said her own name when she was small. (more…)

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July 27th, 2017 07:09:23

More Doomericks

July 26th, 2017 by G.

Highlights of a recent family reunion include a professionally trained operatic bass giving us an unplanned rendition of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and me badgering my kin for natural disasters and rhymes for use in doomericks. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a captive audience must be afflicted with one’s stuff. Here are a couple of the crowd favorites:

The brightest don’t have any kids.
Western IQ’s on the skids.
It’s dysgenic decline.
It’s the loss of the mind.
It’s civilizational SIDS.

And, inspired by Pompeii,

When the Yellowstone volcano goes
and buries us in its ashy throes,
I hope you’re quite fit,
and not dressed like a twit,
for your archaeological pose.

Thank you, thank you very much. (more…)

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July 26th, 2017 06:49:03

Pioneer Models

July 25th, 2017 by G.

One of the perennial shibboleth debates among the polisci right is whether culture is downstream of power or the other way around. It’s both, of course. Even fro those in power, there is no obvious template for how to act across time and space. They need models. So does everyone else. Stories–myths and legends–are models.

One of the major problems of our times is that we have made the civil rights era our model. As much as I would have acted the same in those civil rights leaders shoes, and been just as excited as they were about their victories, it is not a great fundamental model for society or even for those people’s descendants, because the model is that someone out there is doing you wrong and if you create enough furor, they will stop. Wrongdoing there is always plenty of, but furor isn’t always worth the gains . . . more and more, there are no gains. More importantly, it doesn’t tell you what to do when the wrongdoing is over. Looking for more wrongdoing doesn’t help you build anything, even if you find it. Activism is a demand that someone else build something.

The Mormon pioneer model is much healthier. You respond to wrongdoing by making something out of nothing.

Pioneer Trek for youth is one of the healthy trends in the kingdom. Everyone needs to live out their models as much as possible. There is a new thing going around now too for the youth. It’s a youth conference where they live out the Book of Mormon stories for a few days, complete with costumes and other reenactments. Our Stake just did it. “Mom, you’re larping!” one of the kids told a YW leader who went along. And she was. But from all accounts, it was a larp that deepened testimonies.

I wonder if Trek and Moroni’s Quest will make the temple experience less strange for the rising generation of youth. I told my young men on Sunday, “the temple isn’t much like Church but it isn’t strange either. It’s basically a reenactment like you’ve just done, but simpler and more sacred, and with temple clothing. You reenact being Adam and Eve through the fall and their eventual return to heaven, where the Lord personally greets them and takes them in. Along the way, you make covenants. That’s it.” They nodded along.

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July 25th, 2017 06:51:41

Accepting the Gift of Grace

July 23rd, 2017 by G.

Trying to be holy is how you accept grace.

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July 23rd, 2017 07:18:49

An Abortive America

July 21st, 2017 by G.

I spent a few days at a family reunion out where my people are from. I caught a glimpse of an abortive America.

It was an aristocratic America, but to understand what I mean, you must reject everything lacy and coiffed and rich about the term aristocratic.

I mean deep pride in your family name and your ancestors. Deep pride in the places they built. The literal structures that they built, and the farms and the irrigation systems and the ways of life. Deep pride even in their scandals. Not pride in the sense of “son, I’m proud of you.” Spanish hidalgo pride.

(and, of course, there is the hereditary right to bear arms . . .)

That isn’t the country we live in. If it were, we’d live in a different America, better in some ways, worse in others.

I believe that the tremendous variety of human ways of being is delightful to God.

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July 21st, 2017 06:40:11

China EWWW

July 21st, 2017 by G.

We are here to provide amusement for our friends, Dr. Johnson says, and the friend we have amused lately is the estimable gentleman at the Scholar’s Stage.

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July 21st, 2017 05:44:22

Thoughts on “The Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher

July 20th, 2017 by MC

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[For previous discussions of the Benedict Option, see here]

In reducing his signature idea to book form, Rod Dreher set a clear, if daunting, task for himself: 1) Describe the challenges that serious Christians face in the modern world due to increasing secularism, and 2) Propose solutions to meet those challenges. (more…)

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July 20th, 2017 02:55:22

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 7

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I proposed some axioms to guide legislators in formulatings laws that are likely establish civil liberty in a free society.


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July 18th, 2017 12:17:26

Revealed Preference

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

Everybody says they want more in-depth journalism, more serious and thoughtful discussion on cable-news shows, and more highbrow programming, but what everybody actually watches is porn and the Sean Hannity show.

Thus Kevin D. Williamson

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July 18th, 2017 10:01:37

The Modern Ant and the Grasshopper

July 14th, 2017 by G.

Stolen from Friend of the JG Jamie Huston:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool, laughs, and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

Professors publish monographs on ant privilege and give their students extra credit to protest outside the ant’s house.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left after the costs of the suit, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

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July 14th, 2017 07:10:29

Self-Love of Thine Enemies

July 13th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

The untroubled self-love of one’s foes, exuberantly manifested, is a truly horrible thing to see.

-thus Nick Land. The whole thing is an interesting bit of political analysis of the current moment. It’s the rare high-level analysis that doesn’t predict either the inevitable triumph of the author’s own ideas, or apocalyptic doom either. “History is moving orthogonally to me” is not the usual.

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July 13th, 2017 07:12:19