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Feelings (PBUH)

October 07th, 2015 by G.

All the upper middle class white Godbeites in the Bloggernacle are besides themselves insisting that we all need to be sad sad sad sad sad at the calling of the new apostles. Because none of them are upper middle class white Godbeite women (or men) or, failing that, fashionably black Bolivarian butch-lesbian Buddhists. Which makes the Godbeites and (they say) poor people very sad. So we have to mourn with those that mourn, etc.

This hypocritical wresting of scripture is too feeble for words, so in lieu of responding, I am going to brag about my son. (more…)

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October 07th, 2015 10:41:04

Clarity and Confusion

October 06th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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October 06th, 2015 13:25:47

Charles Williams and the Athanasian Creed

October 01st, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

The Greater Trumps

This post is intended as a way into understanding the significance of the mystical conceptualization of the Holy Trinity of the traditional Catholic type. It is not a defence of this conceptualization – which I regard as ultimately mistaken, unnecessary and often unhelpful. However, I hope this shows the kind of role such a way of thinking can have in some denominations; so that this may become at least comprehensible, and more sympathetic, perhaps.


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October 01st, 2015 03:38:22

Leaving Your Ward

September 28th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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September 28th, 2015 08:58:58

Who is My Neighbor? Juxtapositions XI

September 28th, 2015 by G.

Prudence with an infinite time horizon is not empirical anymore; it’s metaphysical.

-thus E. Anthony Grey


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September 28th, 2015 08:16:21

Authenticity Is Imprudence and Promise Breaking

September 24th, 2015 by G.


One of the great modern sin complexes goes by the name of authenticity.

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September 24th, 2015 09:13:44

Christ the Obedient Equal

September 23rd, 2015 by G.

Christ defers to the Father. Christ and the Father are one. Christ obeys the Father. Yet I can’t think of a single instance in scripture where the Father commands the Son. No doubt I’ve overlooked one or two. Even so, it’s thin on ground. I think we could say that the Father presides and the Son is an equal partner. (more…)

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September 23rd, 2015 09:02:54

Horses and Relatives

September 22nd, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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September 22nd, 2015 09:02:10

The Sheltered Ones

September 21st, 2015 by MC

I recently watched an episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with a bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated a thought that’s been bouncing around my head for a while. For those who aren’t familiar with Jim Gaffigan, he’s a “clean” but still very famous comedian who is basically a stereotypical Irish-American Catholic dad from the post-War era; his wife is more devout than he is, but he still is fully supportive of raising his kids as Catholics, with all that entails. He plays himself on the show, which is based on his real life.

In this episode, Jim’s wife invites their local parish priest, a gregarious young man from Africa named Father Nicholas, to go to Jim’s next stand-up, without asking Jim first. Jim hates the idea because he’s convinced that having a priest in the audience will kill the mood, but he gives in and takes Father Nicholas anyway. Right before they walk into the comedy club, they have the following exchange: (more…)

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September 21st, 2015 05:12:06

Dishes and Damnation

September 16th, 2015 by G.

Here is a line of thought that begins like this: you sometimes hear women get a note of desperation about dishes and dinner. It just never stops, they say. Finish one meal and another starts. Men feel the same way about their jobs sometimes. They see a desert of 8-5s stretching out with no horizon.  (more…)

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September 16th, 2015 11:58:41

The Angels that Pertain to Us

September 11th, 2015 by G.

I like the old, weird Mormonism.  The quirky doctrines that float out there like driftwood, but that tie in profoundly to the gospel when rightly understood.  Things like the three degrees of glory, immortal bodies having flesh but not blood, the devil’s dominion over the waters, the two atonements on the cross and at Gethsemane.

But the author of Mormonism is also the author of mere Christianity.  There’s plenty of quirks there too. (more…)

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September 11th, 2015 11:03:00

Secure in Council

September 10th, 2015 by G.

Secure authority is good authority. But as above, so below. Secure followers are good followers. (more…)

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September 10th, 2015 12:00:36

The Lion and the Robin

September 08th, 2015 by G.

In the grove in the evening, the lion heard a great racket from a father Robin and his brood and went to investigate.

“Friend Robin,” the lion said, “why do you make a fuss?”

“Look at this nest, O Lion. All my work on it is ruined.” The nest was a ring of thorns the robin had woven to keep the young away from the edge. But in the middle of the ring at the bottom of the nest there was little. The pine needles and other such stuff the robin put here had mostly fallen away.

“Do not fret, friend Robin,” the lion said. “As I walked here, I saw several empty nests. I will lead you to one. Then it will be as if your mistake never happened.”

“O Lion,” the robin replied, “what a piteous state would be mine if all my work for my brood were meaningless. I cannot bear that they go to another nest as if all my day’s work had never happened.”

“Then you will have your brood sleep in this nest?” the lion asked.

“No,” said the robin, “they would fall. It is not fair to them to suffer for my mistakes.”

“And you see no way for the nest to be repaired?” the lion asked.

“Oh no,” said the robin, “it was a bad idea from the start.”

Then the king of beasts took the ring of thorns and placed it on his own head. “Let your brood nest in my mane, walled in by you’ve the ring you made.”

Someone must bear the consequences.

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September 08th, 2015 11:30:01

The Spectrum of Sunday

September 08th, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

On the sweetness of Mormon life: (more…)

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September 08th, 2015 07:36:11

The Church is not of this world

September 06th, 2015 by Vader

Lord Acton:

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
And yet, I have seen that, in the Church, the office often does sanctify the holder of it. I have seen ordinary men called as Church leaders who proceed to rise above themselves and do extraordinary things.
The Church is not like the world.
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September 06th, 2015 19:22:31