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The Good Tent Zion: Juxtapositions VIII

November 28th, 2014 by G.

Pavilions, tents, and canopies. (more…)

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November 28th, 2014 09:11:36

Two Atonements

April 11th, 2014 by G.

There are two atonements.
Christ becomes one with us (salvation).
Then we become one with Christ (exaltation).

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April 11th, 2014 16:23:26

What We Could Learn from the Amish

April 08th, 2014 by G.

The Amish are one of the few healthy communities in the modern world by the simplest and most profound metric.

At the same time, they aren’t able to excel in math, technology, art, or society. Their (very effective and admirable) solution is also self-limiting.

But the Mormon model isn’t ideal either. It allows more individual and family excellence and much more missionary work. But it isn’t as good at promoting real community (I know, because I grew up in an old-fashioned stake in one of the Mormon settlements on the Deseret periphery that was still run the old way, and I can see the very big distance between then and now. It’s not just my youthful nostalgia either. My father moved there as an adult from the urban wards where he grew up; he gets choked up remembering the experience). And it isn’t as effective at retaining the young or even at having young. Though still quite good, mind you.

What’s needed, I think, is for Mormons to capture a little bit of that old experimental flair. We need more Mormon intentional communities. All kinds of efforts. We need more failures, basically.

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April 08th, 2014 12:13:08

Ephraim’s Rescue

January 20th, 2014 by G.

The family watched Ephraim’s Rescue yesterday. We recommend it.

It was actually pretty funny, and yes, affecting and inspiring. I blubbered a bit and resolved to live a life worthier of a crown. (more…)

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January 20th, 2014 15:38:27

That’s Why We’re Here

September 21st, 2012 by G.

I’m going to quote an atheist quoting a man of no obvious religious conviction to make a religious point. In fact, it may be *the* religious point. (more…)

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September 21st, 2012 13:59:35

Bank foreclosures on churches skyrocket

March 09th, 2012 by Bookslinger

www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-usa-housing-churches-idUSBRE82803120120309

This illustrates the wisdom of the LDS church’s economic model of raising (or setting aside) funds in advance and paying cash for church buildings (no mortgages).

It also illustrates the wisdom of church headquarters owning the real estate and not the local congregations.

I suppose some of those empty churches might be just the right size to be easily adapted for LDS use.

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March 09th, 2012 13:57:03

Feet to Zion

June 13th, 2011 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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June 13th, 2011 11:20:12

Walter Mead Runs over the Clercs with a Mac Truck.

May 13th, 2011 by G.

Gotta say, the clercs have it coming.

Here in the early years of the twenty-first century, the American elite is a walking disaster and is in every way less capable than its predecessors. It is less in touch with American history and culture, less personally honest, less productive, less forward looking, less effective at and less committed to child rearing, less freedom loving, less sacrificially patriotic and less entrepreneurial than predecessor generations. Its sense of entitlement and snobbery is greater than at any time since the American Revolution; its addiction to privilege is greater than during the Gilded Age and its ability to raise its young to be productive and courageous leaders of society has largely collapsed.

Booyah. (more…)

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May 13th, 2011 12:51:25

An Imperfect Plat for the City of Zion

April 15th, 2011 by G.

For fans of a Plat for the City of Zion, this article about how our souls are shaped by our setting is an extremely good read. (more…)

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April 15th, 2011 10:47:40

Scholarship, Art, and Culture that are Specifically Mormon

January 17th, 2011 by G.

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January 17th, 2011 17:25:19

Amish Hackers

October 05th, 2010 by G.

It’s hard not to see a lot of good in the Amish approach to community and technology. (more…)

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October 05th, 2010 09:03:41

Life in a Body

April 06th, 2010 by G.

Ross Douthat does his best to sound Mormon.

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April 06th, 2010 09:51:15

The Sacred Origins of the State

March 01st, 2010 by G.

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March 01st, 2010 10:38:26

They Can Stick It

April 20th, 2009 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life–
I am waiting to pass the sacrament. Our newest deacon explains to me in whispers why “Rock of Ages” is wrong for an opening hymn. (more…)

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April 20th, 2009 06:49:30