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My Top Religious Themed Movies, Ranked @ Times & Seasons
  -  A well done religious-themed movie can be a powerful spiritual experience. Unfortunately,...

Sextuple Endowment Rooms: What Does it Mean? @ Times & Seasons
  -  “In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures,” stated...

Big Science Questions and the Gospel, Part III: The Creation of Life @ Times & Seasons
  -  Like most Latter-day Saints, my testimony of the Church is based more on the numinous...

Kristine Haglund, Eugene England and the Possibility of Mormon Liberalism @ By Common Consent
  -  My most vivid memory of Eugene England goes like this: In the early 1990s, I was a...

Does This Design Offend You? @ Times & Seasons
  -  It has been our privilege, as guided by the whisperings of thy Spirit, to build unto thee...

Why Latter-day Saints (Or Anyone Else) Should Not Feel Bad about Having Kids on Government Assistance @ Times & Seasons
  -  When I was in graduate school with a young family my wife and I went on government...

Handbook Changes: Music at Church @ By Common Consent
  -  When I was in high school, I volunteered to have my saxophone quartet play a special...

Translating the Kinderhook Plates @ Times & Seasons
  -  The Kinderhook plates provide an interesting incident in Church History that provide an...

BYU’s New Demonstration Policy Explained @ By Common Consent
  -  Dear students, As you have no doubt heard, the Lord has revealed a new demonstration...

The Contradictory Commands, Part 3: A Tale of Two Records @ Times & Seasons
  -  In part 1 of this series discussing the contradictory commands given to Adam and Eve to...

The Brain’s Lectionary—Something New and Beautiful at BCC Press @ By Common Consent
  -  We have a simple mission at BCC Press. We work with brilliant and creative individuals to...

What Happens If All the Apostles Pass Away? @ Times & Seasons
  -  Many countries have continuity of government plans for what to do if the leadership...

Big Science Questions and the Gospel, Part II: Consciousness and the Soul @ Times & Seasons
  -  Any reasonably intelligent person can understand the principles involved in the search...

Butts in the Pews(?) @ By Common Consent
  -  Over the last month or so, I’ve heard from several family members and friends that...

The Contradictory Commands, Part 2: The Higher Law @ Times & Seasons
  -  Part 1 of this series discussed the contradictory commands given to Adam and Eve to not...

Paradoxical Glory—and the Start of a Great New Year for BCC Press @ By Common Consent
  -  One of the things that makes us happy at BCC Press is poetry. Lots and lots of poetry....

Reproductive Trends in the Church and General Authority Family Size @ Times & Seasons
  -  Years ago I had fantasies of writing a book on the history of Latter-day Saint fertility....

The Contradictory Commands, Part 1: Isn’t It About … Time? @ Times & Seasons
  -  One Sunday while I was on my mission, I was asked to teach the Gospel Principles class....

The Gospel and Cutting Edge Science, Part I: The Other Children of God @ Times & Seasons
  -  “John saw curious looking beasts in heaven, he saw every creature that was in heaven,...

No Future Without Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu’s Big Idea @ By Common Consent
  -  “To forgive is not just to be altruistic. It is the best form of self-interest....

Go Webb! @ By Common Consent
  -  Following the successful insertion of the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit just...

(No) Prayers for Rain @ By Common Consent
  -  I grew up in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevadas where praying and fasting for rain was...

“As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ” @ Times & Seasons
  -  Of all the Christmas carols in the English hymnbook, the one with the longest association...

Polygamy and “Extra Women” @ Times & Seasons
  -  The idea that polygamy helped provide spouses for a surplus of women who had joined the...

Struggling with Scrupulosity @ By Common Consent
  -  Taylor Kerby is the author of Scrupulous: My Obsessive Compulsion for God, the most...

Mental Health Professionals in Support of Natasha Helfer @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
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Come Follow Me “correction” As Harmful As Before @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Dear Latter-day Saints, The latest online correction to the Come Follow Me manual has me...

Authority, Scripture, and Social Location @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  By Margaret Olsen Hemming Over the last couple of years, I’ve described The Book of...

Pop Culture Friday: Justice In America @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  It’s been awhile since I promo-ed a podcast.  Today I’m spotlighting a more serious...

Pop Culture Friday: Jane the Virgin @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  If you are looking for a binge-worthy TV show with fantastic characters, great acting, a...

Pop Culture Friday: Dread Nation @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today’s (slightly late, sorry, the school year just started and my brain is mostly...

Pop Culture Friday: The Memory of Light and Disappeared @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I have a 2-in-1 recommendation for you today, two excellent books by Francisco X....

Pop Culture Friday: The Poet X @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I love a good slam poem, one full of emotion and power and truth.  One of the great...

Pop Culture Friday: The Witch Boy @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Aster’s family keeps to themselves.  They live in the woods outside of town and have...

Pop Culture Friday: #WizardTeam @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today I want to highlight one of my favorite podcasts: #WizardTeam by Black Girls...