The Baptist Preacher’s Prediction (Spring LDS General Conference 2009)

General Conference is just around the corner. Though I am no prophet who foretells the future, may I offer a simple prediction on American Mormonism during this chilly spring in Idaho? For the LDS Institutionalized Church in America, the pull will not be toward an evangelical Mormonism.  Some evangelical leaders might have fond hopes, Greg Johnson, […]

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An LDS View in 2008 of the Collapse of America

Christopher is talking about Glenn Beck today.  So I need to add my two cents on this Monday. Chad Daybell, born a year before me (1968) and pioneer of Spring Creek Books, is in the midst of an LDS eschatological series entitled Standing in Holy Places.  I browsed through his second book in the series, The […]

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Whisperings of the Spirit (by Nancy Murphy)

In Whisperings of the Spirit (Deseret, 2008), Nancy writes: . . . “Who is the Holy Ghost?  There is much on this subject we do not know.  There is, however, much we do know about the Holy Ghost, and we can assume it is sufficient.  The critical issue is not that we have every answer […]

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Eastern Orthodoxy and Pentecostalism

The famous Gerald R. McDermott, known for his recent dialogue with LDS, writes in The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions:  What Every Christian Needs to Know  (Baker Books, 2008 ): Eastern Orthodoxy and Pentecostalism Until recently Christianity has been said to be divided into three main groups–Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy.  But in […]

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The New York Times on “Together Forever”

Did you guys catch this Sunday’s The New York Times? You have to pay five bucks.  But within Sunday’s paper (March 22,2009) is the magazine.  On page 19, Virginia Heffernan’s article begins, “Together Forever: ‘Big Love,’ HBO’s drama about polygamy, explores the American unease with mandatory unity.” She writes, Yet in spite of its seeming […]

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Beautiful Pic, Chris

Right on!  You take awesome pics, Chris L. The natural revelation of God Almighty right in our big Idahoan backyard — God’s creative power is stunning.

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An Explosion of Trinitarian Glory

That is my thought on this Friday afternoon.  I am not yet in heaven, but I feel like I am.  It is the here and now – gracious, miraculous, heavenly union with God.  The Lord’s words in the second half of John 14 are my sweet meditation. Last Sunday morning, I spent the whole sermon on Jesus’ […]

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resolve

The Worldview Academy has an interesting “resolve”: “My faith is my own, My beliefs are sound, and My life is on fire. I am equipped for leadership, Inspired to serve, and Encouraged to engage. I meet ridicule with grace, Insults with a gentle spirit, and Falsehood with resolve. I won’t back down Shut up, or […]

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April 2009 LDS General Conference

I am thinking of heart issues. Hmmm . . . How about this?  I am just an outsider, but may I predict ten topics that the LDS Prophet, LDS Apostles, and LDS Authorities might talk about?  And ten topics that they won’t talk about?

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Big Love, Big Sex, and Big Pornography at NCT

Blake and Geoff at the post, Big Pornography, have me thinking about sex.  Since God gives to mankind [let me expand this to] the gifts of food, wine, and sex, I am wondering how many LDS truly think God partakes of these creaturely gifts He created.  If Christians are “partakers of the divine nature”, in reverse, does […]

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