The Legalization of Gay Marriage: An Opportunity to Reinvent Ourselves

Posted by in Religion on 30. Jun, 2015 | 1 Comment

This Supreme Court ruling is a gift. It’s a chance for us to change our strategy and direction.

Do Religious Truths Need to be Boldly Defended?

Posted by in Religion on 29. Mar, 2015 | No Comments Yet

General Young Women’s President Bonnie Oscarson, in her recent conference address, challenged listeners to “boldy defend” the family proclamation. But does spiritual truth really need a bold defense?

Why the Opening Prayer of the General Women’s Session Was Historical

Posted by in Religion on 24. Jan, 2015 | No Comments Yet

In the General Women’s Session this fall, Sister Dorah Mkhabela of Soweto, South Africa gave the opening prayer. Many Mormons have noted the historical importance of watching the first woman of African descent to give a prayer in a conference session.

Quietly Celebrating the Civil Rights Victory of My Generation

Posted by in Politics, Religion on 20. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

I think we’re missing out on a very important conversation as families and neighbors. Future generations will ask us about the civil rights movement of our day, and what will we tell them? Will we remember it? Will we learn from it?

The Givenses Contest the Teaching “My ways are not your ways”

Posted by in Religion on 13. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

“God’s ways are not our ways”, the preacher says, hoping to dismiss our concerns and remind us of the foolishness of man’s wisdom. Terryl and Fiona Givens tackle this theme in their book, The God Who Weeps.

Jon Huntsman, Sr: Tithing Isn’t a Charitable Donation

Posted by in Religion on 11. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

After reading some recent debates in online Mormon forums about whether paying tithing should count as giving to charity and/or count in surveys about charitable giving, I encountered an interesting statement from Utah billionaire Jon Hunstman, Sr (he’s the father of the Jon Huntsman who ran for president in 2008). He weighed in: They require […]

Discussing Your Religion: Baptisms for the Dead

Posted by in Religion on 09. Oct, 2014 | No Comments Yet

What Mormons think when you say “baptism for the dead” versus what non-Mormons think.

The Proverbial Elephant, Non-overlapping Magisteria, and Gifts of the Spirit

Posted by in Religion on 08. Oct, 2014 | 1 Comment

I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculous title of this post, but I swear to you that I tie all the ideas together.

Assessing the Bounds of Infallibility

Posted by in Religion on 30. Sep, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Apostle Dallin Oaks tweeted the following recently: We only say what the Spirit directs us to say at conference.

“The spirit of the law is superior…”

Posted by in Religion on 23. Sep, 2014 | No Comments Yet

The spirit of the law is superior because it demands more of us that the letter of the law.