Month: May 2008

Compassionate Boldness Conference

Is anyone going to blog the sessions of this new conference?  LDS or evangelical?  Gregory?  Dan Peterson (Didn’t he say he had the time for this? :)  AaronAndy or anythingbutlukewarm?  I am interested to hear what will be said.  I have never met any of these speakers, except very briefly, Bill.

(My wife and I are renewing our wedding vows just for the sake of a joyous celebration of our marriage in the Lord.  The service will be at the church building in Ammon, Friday night, May 30th at 6:30 p.m.  You are all invited.  My four kids are excited.  And Pastor Joe Lacy from Rexburg, Idaho will be officiating and sharing a little from the Word.)

 

LDS Spirit Preexistence in John 9:2?

Do LDS still believe and maintain this in 2008?  When I googled the above title entry,  TT at Faith Promoting Rumor appeared as the top entry (way to go, TT), which then led me to Kevin Barney’s paper.  I read it and noted especially pages 17-18.

This weekend, our church family entered the new territory of John 9.

Evangelical men have weighed in on the subject of John 9:2.  Here is a sampling from a half dozen. (more…)

Newest Non-Fiction on FLDS

The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Idaho Falls features two new books.

1) Stolen Innocence (2008 ) by Elissa Wall

There are (at least) some similarities between LDS and FLDS:

Priesthood in the FLDS is a hard concept for outsiders to understand.  First, to “hold the priesthood” is to hold the power and authority of God, delegated to men (17).

We follow the prophet.  – FLDS Parable (22)

To be an apostate was even worse than being a gentile.  Gentile was the term given to all non FLDS people, no matter their religion, but an apostate was someone who had lost faith or had left the church, turning their back on the priesthood.  Apostates were viewed as one of the worst kinds of evil (82).

For time and all eternity.  – FLDS wedding vow (90)

I am just overwhelmed and grieved by Elissa’s story.

2.  When Men Become Gods (2008 ) by Stephen Singular

I wish this was all just fiction in America, rather than non-fiction.  Stephen picks up Elissa’s story and the events of others.

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Here is a recent, interesting post on LDS and FLDS differences as explained by an LDS lifer. 

LDS fundamentalism seems drastically different to the fundamentals of Christianity in so many categories of belief.