Scholar Amy-Jill Levine on Persecuted LDS

I have been poorly digesting a large amount of Amy-Jill Levine’s book, The Misunderstood Jew (HarperCollins, 2006). I picked this book up because of Ben Witherington III’s quote on the back cover: Full of the usual vim, vigor, and vitality that so characterizes Levine’s lectures, and writings, The Misunderstood Jew is quite simply the best […]

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Let God be God

I will be speaking at the God Focus Conference at Red Cliff Bible Camp, June 11-13. My two workshop topics are as follows: 1) Triune God Focus that Produces Humility and 2) Triune God Focus that Produces Holiness. Here is an excerpt from a book that I have been reading . . . Why is […]

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Anti-Mormons and Interfaith Dialogue

The title compels me to ask two weighty questions: 1) What authentically characterizes the actions and beliefs of an individual for awarding him or her with the title – “Anti-Mormon”? 2)  What are the fundamental components of genuine “Interfaith Dialogue”?

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Isaiah 14 (2 Nephi 24) Millennium Slavery?

First, aren’t all Latter-day Saints millennialists (there is quite a divergence among evangelicals)?  Secondly, does the LDS Church believe they will possess male and female slaves during a future millennium?  In this post, I am not going to get into all the changes made by the JST or BoM to the KJV text because I […]

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The Limitations of My Blog

James 3 convicts me . . . sends me to a quiet place somewhere for serious reflection. As a teacher, I will be judged for every word that comes out of my mouth.  And what makes things worse–the tongue is an “unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”  How can wisdom be shown on a blog? […]

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Isaiah 13 (2 Nephi 23) – Exclusively Temple-worthy Soldiers Battling Babylon?

Verse 3 The JST and BoM change the KJV text. I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones, for mine anger even is not upon them that rejoice in my highness. While I am thinking about the Mede-Persian warriors (separated out for a work) in the beginning of this verse, […]

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Isaiah 12 (2 Nephi 22)

I love the emotional response commanded in Isaiah 12:6, “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:  for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” John Bytheway writes:  2 Nephi 22:6.  “Cry out and shout”  Normally we don’t condone shouting in Church, but our joy will be such in the […]

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Heart Issues for Post-LDS

The film maker, Richard Dutcher, over at the blog, By Common Consent, has me contemplating a new title for a blog. Certainly, we all have heart issues:  atheists, agnostics, evangelicals, LDS, post-Mormon, and all the other religious categories out there.  Therefore, it is good to explore rather then just ignore before crossing the final river, called […]

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Isaiah 11 (2 Nephi 21) – Is this chapter a crossroads between saints and latter-day saints?

Upon reaching chapter 11, I walked joyfully into a mountain meadow, bathed in golden rays of sun and filled with wildflowers.  This chapter occupied my mind with brilliant rainbows of color, vividly connecting precedent studies about the Messiah in Romans 15:12 and latter meditation in John 3:34.  The Spirit brought the pieces together for me […]

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Isaiah 10 (2 Nephi 20)

Because I live in the I-15 Idaho/Utah corridor, this entry by John Bytheway in his book, Isaiah For AirHeads (2006) is interesting on Isaiah 20:28-32: Elder Gerald N. Lund described the enemy that covenant Israel in the kingdom of Judah faced at this time:  “The Assyrians are renowned for their brutality in warfare.  They tortured […]

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