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Rafts – Juxtapositions XIII

April 29th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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April 29th, 2016 07:55:11

Delight in the Body, Ponder in the Heart

April 28th, 2016 by G.

For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them.
Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

-thus Nephi. (more…)

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April 28th, 2016 08:14:56

We are our Bodies.

April 27th, 2016 by G.

The body is not a waldo.

Our body is not something that we possess, but something that has become a part of us . . . . This is why I don’t like the lessons that use a glove and a hand as an analogy for death and resurrection. It . . . suggests that the union of spirit is deliberately temporary and reversible. In reality death is more like a violent dissolution of elements that should be united. It’s more like ripping off your skin than about taking off a glove. Sometimes we talk about bodies and spirits as though the spirit is the self and the body is something that the self possesses. In reality, the spirit and the body are both the self. So losing the body is a loss of the self, at least in part. President Smith’s revealed comments about how the dead viewed the separation as a form of bondage go along the same lines.

when we are born, we do not just “gain a physical body;” we become physical beings. And when we die, we don’t just separate from our bodies; rather a piece of our own souls actually dies.

thus JKC.

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April 27th, 2016 09:41:35

Blessings In General Conference

April 26th, 2016 by G.

Last night my daughter had trouble sleeping. She went to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, went back to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, and back to bed, every five minutes, like a metronome. No real bladder works like that, so the Lovely One and I knew she was nervous and unsettled. We talked to her for awhile. Then I gave her a blessing.

I blessed her that she would have a good night’s sleep. We all felt a spirit of calm.

She then went to bed and promptly got up again to go to the bathroom. This time it wasn’t the bladder. Apparently the bladder had been a symptom–the onset of stomach flu had put pressure on it.

My wife set up a little pallet for her, close to the bathroom, in preparation for her passing an unquiet night.  And I spent a few unquiet minutes laying in bed wondering why my priesthood blessing had gone wrong. (more…)

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April 26th, 2016 07:30:00

Zeno’s Holy Ghost

April 25th, 2016 by G.

Last week I explained why the Spirit cannot always speak distinctly from our own thoughts and our own feelings if it is to fulfill its mission to comfort and sanctify.

This week I am approaching the problem from another point of view and offering a different explanation (though it may be the same explanation in the end). (more…)

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April 25th, 2016 08:02:08

We Tie Things Together

April 21st, 2016 by G.

Last week I read Bruce Charlton’s post about his walk:

From ancient and modern Catholic folk piety, via Lord Armstrong and a Rabelaisian doctor, through a best selling novelist and a great concert pianist, to an Art Nouveau gem: my regular walk through Jesmond

It was winsome.  It appealed.  Like all good art, it had a kind of unity to it.  But in fact the only unity was Bruce Charlton himself.  His common enjoyment was all the different parts of his walk had in common.

That got me thinking.

Our lives are a unifying principle.  The common fact that we love them and lived them draw together otherwise discrete people and places.  Everything we touch becomes part of a whole.

Once one person is exalted we are all meaningful, because our lives are tied to theirs, or tied to lives that are tied to theirs, and we are part of their story.



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April 21st, 2016 07:20:16

The Spirit Must Whisper

April 20th, 2016 by G.

The Spirit must whisper.  The reason is simple. (more…)

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April 20th, 2016 07:08:47

Sex in this Age

April 19th, 2016 by G.

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April 19th, 2016 07:30:08

Red Canyon, Manzanos

April 18th, 2016 by G.

Mountain canyon mist,

snow falls on ferns and spring grass,

the swift creek gives voice.


Laughing, children cross

from rock to rock.  The family

chatter echoes with the creek’s.

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April 18th, 2016 08:59:50


April 12th, 2016 by G.

One of the old standbys among the SJWs of the Bloggernacle is whether telling a missionary it would be better to be dead than to dishonor themselves on their mission is the literally the worst thing ever, worse than Hitler. The argument, somewhat strained, is that the injunction is encouraging missionaries to commit suicide if they do sin.

President Harold B. Lee was apparently not aware that he was wandering into a internet controversy when he came across a similar situation, so he gave a much more sensible caution. Here is the story in his words. (more…)

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April 12th, 2016 07:30:17

How Long Halt Ye Between Two Status Systems?

April 11th, 2016 by G.

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I like to look for themes in General Conference. This one I noticed a lot of discussion of youth doing missionary work and rescue.  My wife noticed a temple-going theme.

I also heard two speakers, back to back, talk about the Great and Spacious Building.

Lehi had a revealed dream 3000 years ago that is highly relevant today. The Great and Spacious Building is one of those revealed insights.  Modern thinkers call it the Polygon, the Modern Structure, the Cathedral, That Hideous Strength, the New Class, the Chattering Class, or simply the bipartisan ruling class or elite.  But no one has understood it or explained it as well and as simply as Lehi did, with his striking image of a great building, full of the finely clothed laughing and pointing, whose foundations are in the air. (more…)

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April 11th, 2016 09:01:13

Cello God

April 08th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life, a dialogue: (more…)

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April 08th, 2016 06:49:27

Another Adele parody.

April 07th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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April 07th, 2016 17:00:48

Splashing God

April 07th, 2016 by G.

Last night the trashbag was too heavy for my young son, so he asked me to help him carry it out to the bin. On the way we passed the wading pool. It caught my eye because there were two balloon people bandits floating in it–balloons wearing swim goggles and bandannas, with faces marked on. Apparently my girls had been having fun.

My son saw me looking at it. “We played with God in the pool,” he said. (more…)

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April 07th, 2016 08:49:09

Christianity is a true Fairy Story

April 06th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

When we try to explain Christianity to modern people we should be prepared that it will probably sound to them both as simple as a child’s fairy tale and as unbelievable as a child’s fairy tale.

It is a mistake to soften this impact, or to dress it up with philosophical imprecision and paradox masquerading as complexity, or to try and diffuse the impact of the strangeness and apparent absurdity of Christianity in a world where nothing is finally believed except that nothing is really real.

Because the bottom line is that Christianity is a story – essentially, the story told by the gospels; extended to including our own personal place in the story – which makes it real – and as a story Christianity  resists explanation in terms of ‘meaning’ (or philosophy) – just as a children’s fairy tale becomes alien and unrecognisable when its supposed meaning is explained by an anthropologist, folklorist, or psychologist.

As so often, Tolkien got to the nub of it: Christianity is a Fairy Story that is true – it is the true Fairy Story. The implication, which Tolkien himself didn’t follow up – but which CS Lewis did – is that Christianity ought to be explained as a Fairy Story, without compromising in the direction of modern notions of plausibility.

From: http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/christianity-is-incredible-not.html

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April 06th, 2016 00:28:07