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Manhood Means Responsibility

March 25th, 2015 by G.

What’s the difference between boyhood and manhood? (more…)

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March 25th, 2015 07:00:46

Taking the Eggs for a Sunday Drive

March 23rd, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 23rd, 2015 15:51:31

Mormon Laity, or non-member participation in Mormonism.

March 21st, 2015 by Bookslinger

It has long occurred to me that a non-member participating in Mormonism, to whatever degree a non-member is able to participate, would be better off than were he to participate in other Christian denominations as a lay member.  I put this forth as a postulate. And invite others to help me develop it into a theory.

Discuss.

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March 21st, 2015 11:38:48

Men Have Four Great Loves

March 19th, 2015 by G.

Men Have Four Great Loves

Men have four great loves.

The love of a man for a woman;

Of a boy for his mother;

Of brother for brother,

                Of comrades together;

And the love of father and son.

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March 19th, 2015 12:10:37

Life Rolls On

March 17th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life—a snapshot from this Sunday. (more…)

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March 17th, 2015 08:49:42

Newness Enlarges, Novelty Diminishes

March 11th, 2015 by G.

“Kids these days.”  Lately we’ve been grumbling about novelty and new-fangled nonsenseThe only good new stuff is the old new stuff, yessir.  Grumbling that way is part of our charm.   In the mist of the jeremiads, bashful Nathaniel raised a timid hand.  “But, sir,” the little fellow piped, “I like reading new books and discovering new ideas.  Please, sir, is it very wicked?”

 

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March 11th, 2015 14:19:33

Lead Us not Into Doubt and Temptation

March 10th, 2015 by G.

There is a paradox that we overcoming temptations and trials and doubts is necessary to our growth, but at the same time we aren’t supposed to seek them out.  The reason is that the temptations and trials and doubts we seek out are harder to overcome.

when doubting is mistakenly given positive encouragement it turns-out that there are innumerable doubts, which will then mutually-reinforce, and feed-off each other, so multiplying faster then the capacity to overcome them.

-thus Bruce Charlton.

The pioneers trekking across the plain didn’t need to go jogging to sustain their fitness level.  If the handcart pioneers had tried to put in a good five-mile run doing laps around their camp at the end of each day, they would have croaked.

In the same way, we moderns are already surrounded by doubt.  There is no need to detour to find more.

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March 10th, 2015 13:42:13

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

Good Deeds Pierce the Veil

March 07th, 2015 by G.

It is night.  You are laying in bed.  The rising moon makes your curtains glow with a faint luminance.  Your mind and body are at rest.  You hear your wife breath in slow rhythm.  You think she is asleep. (more…)

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March 07th, 2015 09:18:01

The First Great Commandment

March 03rd, 2015 by G.

Love is not best considered as a feeling, it is not necessarily something at the forefront of consciousness. For many people, their deepest love is something which structures their life, rather than being at the front of our conscious deliberations for most of the time. Some (I am one of them) are very expressive of love – but this is not a necessity; and some very loving cultures and families and marriages do not go in for statements, hugs or tears.

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My understanding of the absolute necessity of loving God above all else is metaphysical rather than psychological – that without this, all other loves (including the love of Jesus) lose their meaning and function.

The supremacy of our love for God is that it makes all other loves possible – it makes other loves a matter of eternal significance.

 

-thus Bruce Charlton.

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March 03rd, 2015 08:13:41

Angina Monologue 10

March 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Fast Sundays seem to be for puttering.

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March 02nd, 2015 06:02:42

Love Makes for Hard Justice

February 23rd, 2015 by G.

Justice is what God expects of us. Justice is the standards he holds us to.

The standards he holds us to are impossibly high. We cannot satisfy justice.

Why? (more…)

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February 23rd, 2015 13:00:49

Freedom is Responsibility

February 23rd, 2015 by G.

Freedom is responsibility. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2015 08:29:15