Junior Ganymede
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Power is Godly

July 07th, 2014 by G.

O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?

Psalms 89:8

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July 07th, 2014 12:16:56

Loneliness

July 07th, 2014 by G.

Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

-Psalms 88:18

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July 07th, 2014 06:45:56

Separation of Work and the Married State

April 21st, 2014 by G.

Men need achievement. They need to earn respect. But when men get together to start striving and doing, they often get absurd. Everyone who’s spent time there knows the workplace is just a bit ridiculous. Even workplaces with bona-fide valuable missions: when I was in the military I estimated it was about 3/4ths farce, except not played for laughs.

I wonder if men need women to bring them back to earth sometimes. When you’re a kid, you play dress up at home. When you’re grown, you come home so you can stop playing dress up.

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April 21st, 2014 18:40:47

Men are Agents, Women are Ends

April 01st, 2014 by G.

Women provide value to male action. They do not need to act themselves to be valuable, they just need to be. Many of the things that we value a women for doing consist in creating a larger extension of herself. Women are not objects, because objects are means.

This is a simplification, maybe even a radical simplification–it isn’t the truth, but glimmers of some greater light that is the truth. To the extent the simplification is accurate, its true hylomorphically or statistically or mythically or as a melody around which we construct ourliving counterpoints.

It’s also from a man’s perspective. What is the right simplification from a woman’s perspective?

Men provide value of female existence (not of action) and children provide value of female action.

The woman’s existence is her action, in a Taoist way. Action through inaction. It makes sense of Peter’s puzzling teaching that our women master their unbelieving husbands by submitting to them.

Lehi says there are things that act and things to be acted upon. The acting thing is partly determined by the thing that is acted upon: the thing that is acted upon sets the metes and determines the bounds of the actor’s possibilities.

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April 01st, 2014 14:17:58

God’s Greatest Work

March 21st, 2014 by G.

The heavens declare the glory of God. Who can look at a night sky without worshipping the Creator who made and sustains the stars? Even atheists do it, though they call their gratitude ‘a sense of wonder’ and deny the religious tinge to their awe. Human achievement has not made God less impressive. The further we can see and measure, the further we see his reach. (more…)

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March 21st, 2014 11:06:49

What You Mean When You Say You Love

March 19th, 2014 by G.

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March 19th, 2014 12:45:10

Satan’s Plan and God’s Distance

March 11th, 2014 by G.

burning bush

The concept of glory is all over the scriptures. Glory is mentioned over 600 times in the scriptures, honor is mentioned nearly 200 times, and related concepts like praise and worship and worthiness are also hit pretty hard. (more…)

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March 11th, 2014 08:17:06

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

February 27th, 2014 by G.

The heavens declare the glory of God.

It is an old truth that becomes new every time you go out in the twilight, or see the sky on a clear night, or witness the dawn.

I am half-persuaded that urbanization and the indoor life tracks with the rise of atheism.

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February 27th, 2014 16:22:49

Biology, and Love and Glory

February 13th, 2014 by G.

George Cochran Lambdin - The Consecration

Love and glory are of the fundamental attributes of God and reality. Love is unconditional whereas glory is earned respect, or conditional love. They are deeply intertwined and complementary. (more…)

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February 13th, 2014 13:54:34

Woman is the Glory of Man

February 11th, 2014 by G.

The man is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

Thus St. Paul.

He says it in the middle of some deeply reactionary stuff about women keeping their head covered in church and such so this particular teaching gets lost. But as with an illusionist’s trick, the part that draws the eye isn’t the important part.

So what does Paul mean? I don’t know. But sometimes my life as a husband and a father feels like I could say ‘she is my glory.’ I feel like I do a lot of scutwork out in the world and a lot of discipline and order and stabilizing at home to make possible the little circle of domestic intimacy that she creates. Because of what I have to do to make it possible, or because I am the sort of person who does what is necessary to make it possible, I can’t fully be a part of it. But all the same that circle validates all my efforts, it seems to me.

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February 11th, 2014 12:35:23

God, not a Tame Lion

April 16th, 2013 by G.

The God who created worlds without number doesn’t seem too averse to grand ambition.
Thus MC.

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April 16th, 2013 15:28:58

Perfect Justice and Infinite Mercy

April 12th, 2013 by G.

Elder Christofferson preached Sunday that the aim of the gospel is to draw down “perfect justice and infinite mercy” from heaven. The phrase stuck with me. Perfect justice and infinite mercy. (more…)

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April 12th, 2013 09:52:53

Earned Respect, Unconditional Love

October 31st, 2012 by G.

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

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October 31st, 2012 11:26:57

Helpless as a Baby

December 22nd, 2010 by G.

This is the time of year for Christmas devotions. This year my thoughts have been on the impulse to serve the needy that we have at Christmas. We don’t have it at Easter. My thoughts have also been on the Christ child. The religious significance of the grown Christ, on the cross and in the garden, is obvious. But what did Christ do for us as a bare baby?
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December 22nd, 2010 12:26:27