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When All the Saints Will Live Again

April 05th, 2015 by G.

After Jesus was resurrected, his Apostles were different men.  They were nobodies before.  Then they shook the earth.  What changed them?  They had seen Jesus resurrected, that’s what changed them.

When they changed into Apostles, a crowd of Jesus’ followers also suddenly transformed into a church.  What changed them?  Most of them probably wouldn’t have seen Jesus alive again.

There is an answer in the scriptures.  If we liken the scriptures unto us, we’ll discover it. (more…)

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April 05th, 2015 12:33:36

Modern Witnesses of the Resurrection

April 05th, 2015 by G.

When Joseph Smith gave his witness, “last of all,” of the risen Savior, he was only the first of this dispensation.  There have since been many of others, some of whom have given their witness publicly.  Some have been collected here.

 

 

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April 05th, 2015 12:13:14

As Man is, God Once Was

April 03rd, 2015 by G.

As Man is, God once was.

As God is, Man may be.

There is lots of scriptural support for the second half of Lorenzo Snow’s couplet. There is little support for the first half, the way President Snow meant it.

There are alternate meanings, though.  The couplet is quasi-scriptural. Scripture usually has more than one layer of meaning. (more…)

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April 03rd, 2015 09:07:33

Why Two Atonements?

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

Mormon Christianity has a lot of odd little teachings that don’t seem to add up to anything at first glance.  Resurrected beings have bodies of flesh and blood.  Heaven has three main degrees.  Satan rules over the water.  And Christ atoned twice, first in the Garden, second on the cross. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 12:00:08

The Presence of God is Eternity

April 02nd, 2015 by G.

The presence of God is eternity. (more…)

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April 02nd, 2015 08:40:05

The Sovereign and Suffering Christ

March 31st, 2015 by G.

Christ, with a crown of kingship and a crown of thorns

 

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March 31st, 2015 07:00:29

Repenting through Christ

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton is thinking deeply about the Atonement. He is working out alternatives to the customary belief that Christ took on the punitive consequences of sin for us and to the customary liberal notion that the atonement was fundamentally an act of symbolic engineering to excise our retrograde belief in sin and guilt. Charlton thinks he’s found one. (more…)

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March 10th, 2015 10:56:59

I Am a Failure, Calloo, Callay!

March 10th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton has a wonderful post on the paradox of Christianity–how Christ converts the news that we are sinful failures into good news, because it means we are destined for something better than our current selves.

 

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March 10th, 2015 09:39:29

New is Old

March 09th, 2015 by G.

Last week I was talking to a classical guitarist in a clinic waiting room.  He was there, I suppose, to create a calm and healing atmosphere for the patients.  But between songs, we talked.

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March 09th, 2015 08:31:44

Temple Temptations

February 03rd, 2015 by G.

There’s something going on with the story of Christ’s temptations in the Wilderness.

The story is natural for symbolic or ritual readings, since it has fantastic elements like Christ fasting for a biologically impossible but symbolically important number of days, or a mountain from which one can se the whole world, and since it starts Christ’s ministry.

But when you read the story that way, there is something odd going on in it. (more…)

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February 03rd, 2015 07:44:02

As Terrible as an Army with Banners

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 09:30:09

Peace

December 21st, 2014 by Vader

Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.

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December 21st, 2014 23:50:27

The Session of Christ

November 28th, 2014 by Vader

I’m not sure why I’m growing to like this painting so much.

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Sometimes art just hits you the right way.

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November 28th, 2014 18:58:22

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper

October 06th, 2014 by Vader

As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever.   (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 12:10:59

The Power to Hurt God

October 01st, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton has written an essay that I regard as an instant classic. It treats what Mormonism reveals about the true depths and temptations of evil. It is the best kind of theology: deep without being difficult–fundamental–plain–simple. (more…)

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October 01st, 2014 09:36:50