Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction


November 26th, 2015 by G.

When you hurt your rib diving you still managed to catch the ball. Your son was there to see you.
Your assay in smoking a turkey worked out.
At the meal, your son gives you a world-class straight line.
Your wife’s hair is up and elegant. Her eyes sparkle.
You feel that God is with you.
You have a thankful, brimming heart.

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November 26th, 2015 14:01:17

In Childish Eyes the World’s Alive

November 20th, 2015 by G.

In childish eyes the world’s alive. Your son bashes a weed with his cardboard sword; he means to punish it for scratching him. Your daughter thinks you turn off all the lights in the house at night so the house can go to sleep. The world is enchanted, but not eerily. (more…)

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November 20th, 2015 10:52:41

Rescue and Growth – Salvation and Progression

November 19th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

In the modern West, there is a vast work to do in rescuing people from (self-)damnation – in saving them. This is the speciality of various ‘Evangelical’ Protestant groups – indeed, I think it is a fair generalization to say that this is almost all of what such churches do: they are geared to win Christian converts (i.e. those who come to Jesus and are born-again) – and when they have done this, the new converts are enlisted to do more of the same for others. (more…)

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November 19th, 2015 08:06:19

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Prophets: Courtship

November 16th, 2015 by G.

Sex selection is a big thing in evolution.  Why does the peacock have a gaudy, useless tail?  The only reason we can think of is that drab little peahens like the macho display.  The tail says, “look at me!  I’m (bird)man enough to survive and thrive while carrying all this useless junk around.”  So generation after generation the drab little peahens flock around the guys with the biggest tail and cluck over his eggs, and so generation after generation the little male peachicks are the ones with the genes for the biggest tails.  So every generation the pea race gets bigger tails, tempered only by the fact that, you know, a lot of the peacocks sporting big tails probably get eaten.

That’s the theory anyway.  It’s the best explanation we can come up with for features that otherwise don’t make sense. (more…)

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November 16th, 2015 06:41:19

The Golden Thread

November 12th, 2015 by G.

The Golden Thread is a person’s real autobiography – the sequence of deep, significant, mythic-seeming, remembered experiences stretching back into childhood like a Golden Thread


-thus Bruce Charlton.  Read the whole thing.  I think I mostly don’t know my golden thread.  I don’t see it whole, anyhow–different glimpses in different moods–which is to be regretted. (more…)

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November 12th, 2015 09:00:10


November 12th, 2015 by G.

The thought came into my mind that presence is the ultimate masculine quality.  Call it charisma, gravitas, power, authority, what have you.  Whatever it was that George Washington acquired and Jesus had.  (It occurs to me that the same is probably true of feminity.  We, groping our way in the dim light of our own reason, can get ahead a little by defining manliness and womanliness in terms of other qualities.  But ultimately they are their own things and they themselves can be felt.)

God has presence.  Revelations says that God doesn’t act to cause the end of the world.  He just reveals himself.  It is his presence that causes the earth to flame and the mountains to run down into the sea.  He is hell for the sinner and heaven for the saint, without pronouncing a word of judgment.

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November 12th, 2015 06:28:20


November 11th, 2015 by MC

(Trigger Warning for…everything)


Terrorist: Let everyone on this list of political prisoners free by midnight Friday or I will blow myself up in a public place and kill innocent bystanders.

Society: We don’t negotiate with terrorists!


Abused wife: He says if I ever leave him, he’ll kill himself, and I believe him.

Society: Girlfriend, you cannot let him blackmail you into spending your whole life with an abuser just because he says he’ll kill himself. He’s accountable for his own decisions, and you need to do what’s right for you and your kids.


LGBT Activists and Fellow-Travelers: If you don’t change your whole belief system to accommodate every conceivable sexual orientation and paraphilia, teenagers will kill themselves and their blood will be on your hands!

Society: Sounds serious, you’d better give them what they’re asking for unless you want kids to kill themselves. (more…)

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November 11th, 2015 06:00:41

Satan Fills Vacuums

November 10th, 2015 by G.

One of the sisters had an interesting insight.  She said that Satan fills vacuums.  If the home isn’t filled with something, Satan will fill it.  She recommended using light and truth as the filler.

Here’s the thing.  My wife and I used to help run our community water system.  We learned there that the best way to avoid contamination was positive pressure or overpressure.  It’s hard for something to sneak in when the water is constantly trying to burst out.  Clean rooms operate on similar principles, I’m told.


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November 10th, 2015 07:19:53

Worse than Hitler, Worse than Bush

November 09th, 2015 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

As a straight, white female who rejects the truth claims of the Mormon church (and maybe doesn’t believe in God?), I am very upset by the latest Mormon outrage.  Look, its bad enough that Mormons have opinions on SSM, when it doesn’t affect their marriages personally.  But now they’ve done something so horrible–they’ve denied saving ordinances to gay families, which means they’re damned.  How could anyone who believes in a loving God do such a thing.  I just can’t even!  Go to hell, bigots.

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November 09th, 2015 06:43:26

More Obedient than a Mule at a Glue Factory

November 04th, 2015 by G.

Drill Sergeant
“Becoming as a little child” is one of the bones this blog gnaws on. We’ve got a morsel or two that way, and maybe even a bit of marrow. (more…)

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November 04th, 2015 06:42:48

Obedience, conscience then from inner guidance – possible implications of personal revelation

November 03rd, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

It seems to me that there are as-yet unexplored potentialities in Mormonism that may, at some point, become important and perhaps dominant; but have been so-far held back due to the decline and collapse of secular morality, and the fact the CJCLDS has therefore been in a more-or-less constant state of defensive siege.

There is no doubt that the possibility, indeed the requirement, for personal revelation as a confirmation of faith and action has many and deep implications. Indeed, I think the implications include nothing less than a new phase in the primary root or source of divine guidance upon human morality.

Mormonism is perfectly clear that Men are partially divine – that each person – because he is a child of God – is in essence a divine being. Therefore (it seems to follow) each person has within him the potential for divine guidance. (more…)

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November 03rd, 2015 04:19:06

The Lion and the Jackdaw

October 27th, 2015 by G.

The jackdaw built a nest of motley materials in the grove. It was ramshackle and never finished. On it he put all his treasures, which were of the most varied kind. (more…)

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October 27th, 2015 05:45:22

What Moving Tells Us About the Gospel

October 23rd, 2015 by G.



Daily experience is revelation. We are moving right now from the Rio Grande valley to the edge of the plains. The experience has shed light on two parts of the gospel. (more…)

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October 23rd, 2015 05:51:39

The Earth Shall Be Burned

October 21st, 2015 by G.

Jacob 6–I am reading it this morning–is about the end of the world.  The wicked shall be cursed,  the blessed blessed,  and the earth burned like withered vines.

It occurred to me that the end of the world is a form of feedback. (more…)

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October 21st, 2015 11:24:47

The Two Great Commandments

October 20th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Matthew 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


We are instructed to love God first, because that is the necessary first step to understanding God’s ‘system’ – that is we must first acknowledge that God is loving towards us, well-intended, doing His best etc.

The second commandment reinforces that that this is a system in which love is primary – and we must understand our situation in that light.

In sum – the two great commandments describe the ‘metaphysics’ of Life: the basic organization and principles of reality. (more…)

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October 20th, 2015 23:52:34