Being versus Becoming

Before I begin delving into this topic, let me first clearly communicate that one of Scriptures’ greatest truths to me personally is “union with Christ” (see Ephesians). To strip away this truth is to bar me from my greatest treasure. Apart from Christ, I am nothing. Only as I am “in the Lord” does my […]

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The Ezekiel sticks of chapter 37 – Deja vu!

I remember almost 20 years ago when the LDS seminary would have a designated missionary week at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho. My good buddies would always give me a marked up, color-coded Book of Mormon. Often, they would have personally penned letters in the front or back cover. One of those particular […]

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Church Ball

Who living in Southeastern Idaho or Utah has never experienced church ball? Clear back as a teenager, I use to connect with friends; and we would battle it out at one of the local ward gyms, bones crushing against bones, sweat flying everywhere, chests heaving from full exertion. During these moments of nostalgia, I recall […]

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Rick Davis, blacks, Rexburg (nation’s most conservative region)

John Miller did a short story in today’s Post Register in Idaho Falls on BYU prof, Rick Davis. Here are a few highlights. “An eastern Idaho history professor who appears to link what he described as his region’s low welfare recipient rate with the fact that ‘we don’t have blacks in this area to speak […]

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Calvinism – a hot topic

The other day, I purchased Sperry Symposium Classics: The New Testament (SLC: Deseret Book, 2006) edited by Frank F. Judd Jr. and Gaye Strathearn. I have only read two chapters so far – chapter 6, “The Book of Mormon As An Interpretive Guide To The New Testament” by Dennis L. Largey and chapter 19, “Walking […]

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Behold the Lamb – John 1:29

I told Jacob over at his blog, New Cool Thang, that I would get back with him on penal-substitutionary atonement. In the commenting section, please notice the exchange between Jacob and me. I don’t fault Jacob’s response to me on John 1:29. Listen to the words of the evangelical scholar, Leon Morris in his commentary […]

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More questions on pieces – 3 Nephi 9:15-18 with John 1:11-12

If Nephi 9 is to be dated A.D. 34, this predates the writing of the Gospel of John. So why didn’t the Holy Spirit communicate to the author of the Gospel that John 1:11-12 is a direct statement of the Lord Jesus Christ? And did John’s Gospel recover the word, “power,” that apparently seems absent […]

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Puzzling Jigsaw Pieces in D&C 93

From an evangelical’s perspective in the LDS corridor, this title is my honest perception of the message preached by Joseph Smith at Kirtland, Ohio on May 6, 1833. The content of D&C 93:2-11 is familiar because of my current study in John 1. For two months, I have been hunkered down, spiritually feasting on the […]

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Arius?

Arius is popular among those in the Idaho/Utah I-15 corridor. Yet is he the man in church history that we want to follow? The Missionary’s Little Book of Answers (American Fork: Covenant Communications, 2002), compiled by Gilbert Scharffs, answers, “The dispute over the Godhead is not new to our day. Both before and after the […]

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Cometh into the world

I have been pondering John 1:9: “That was the true Light (Ein to phos to aleithinon), which lighteth every man (ho photizei panta anthropon) that cometh into the world” (erchomenon eis ton kosmon). Does the “cometh” (erchomenon) refer to “every man” or to “the true Light”? Joseph Smith seems to answer the ambiguity of the […]

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