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2014 Whitneys: General Fiction Finalists @ Segullah
  -  This is a short review/synopsis of the 2014 Whitney General finalists. This year four of...

Heidegger on Plato @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Heidegger on Plato. (HT: Enowning)  When Antisthenes objected to Plato, ‘I see the...

Push Back Against Reproducibility Guidelines @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  There’s pushback against the NIH’s new guidelines for reproducibility in science....

The Making of Extraordinary @ Segullah
  -  . My children enjoy reading the picture book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed,...

The Cultural Consequences of Biblical Illiteracy @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The cultural consequences of Biblical illiteracy. (HT: Damon Linker) “As our...

The Day Jesus and I Learned About Sex @ Mormon Mentality
  -  By the time I was a freshman in high school, I had already sat through a 6th grade...

where I’ve been placed @ Segullah
  -  One line from my son’s letter repeats over and over in my mind, “I’ll...

Grace @ Segullah
  -  I usually read three or four books at a time. Right now, my active pile includes 1) Tony...

Postmodern Apologetics @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Apologetics has come to be a bit of a by-word in Mormon blogging circles. Dave, over at...

Talk of God @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Does talk of God lead people to take more risks? It appear the very thought of God makes...

Crisis in Science? @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  There’s been a lot of discussion the past few years on the problem of reproducing...

To Reread or Not to Reread? @ Segullah
  -   I read the Little House on the Prairie Series again and again and again as a child....

Verses of Scriptures Most Often Quoted in Conference @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Which of the Ten Commandments gets quoted most often in General Conference? In this post,...

Ricoeur on Religion @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  One of my favorite podcasts, The Partially Examined Life, recently did a show on Paul...

The Individual and the Institution: A Lesson in Organizational Ethics from Star Trek @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   As Latter-day Saints, we often live out our lives within the semipermeable boundaries of...

"Why Marriage, Why Family"--A Highlight from the 2015 LDS Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those struggling with questions about the Church's emphasis on marriage, and the...

Peculiar Treasures: Character and Cake @ Segullah
  -   Since Kel’s review of Eat Cake a few months back I did two things: read the sweet...

The Part I Didn’t Get @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Patriarchal blessings. Lots of people have opinions about them. People have opinions...

Satan's Got Your Metadata @ Mormanity
  -  Here in China, privacy is something that is a little different than what Americans might...

Sabbath Revival: “I Want It All” @ Segullah
  -  Is it just me, or does it seem like struggles with health are becoming more and more...

What is the Tripartite Model? @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Jonathan Stapley had up a pretty interesting post at BCC on the ascendance of the...

Guest Post: Using Time @ Segullah
  -   Tiffany Winn Rueckert grew up in the central valley of California but fell in love with...

The Church of Anything Goes: Tolerance of the Saints, Fallibility of Prophets, and Salvation by Grace Alone – These Three @ Small and Simple
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Lessons from Easter Mourning @ Segullah
  -  It’s hard to mourn on Easter Sunday. I sat last Sunday listening to General Conference...

The Problem with “Conscience” @ Peculiar People
  -  The last time a state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) made news, I argued...

Predicting Who Will Be Church President (Now Continuously Updated!) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Who among the current First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve is mostly likely to...

HOW TO: Learn Humility Fast @ Segullah
  -  I’m smart. Or at least, I was told that all growing up in elementary school. Kids...

I *Heart* Jack Weyland @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Like first true loves that you never fully shake off, my favorite LDS book author is the...

How to Lead by Inspiration AND Participation @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Last week I suggested that one of the biggest challenges leaders face, if they...

Two Starting Points for Exploring the Unexplained Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  For critics, the Book of Mormon is ridiculously easy to explain, as I've learned from my...

Spiritual Nardoo @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  A few months ago I went to a Unitarian Universalist church for a singalong Messiah...

Easter Musings @ Mormanity
  -  It's Easter Morning here in China. I'd like to share a few recent scattered thoughts as I...

Meaningful Service @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  A few weeks ago I was sitting at home while the kids were at school and feeling kind of...

Adam Miller on Sale @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Well his book is on sale anyway. His interpretive translation of Romans, Grace is Not...

Stories @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’m eating Cheerios for breakfast, and contemplating the small plastic pill box...

Review: Going Clear @ Peculiar People
  -  David Cross once joked that Mormonism was the Scientology of its day. Like a lot of David...

Shanghai International District and Our Tradition for Young Single Adult Events at District Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those who work with Young Single Adults (YSAs), I thought I'd share some of the...

Church Announces Slowdown to Hastening of the Work @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In a surprise announcement this morning, the LDS Church confirmed that it will be rolling...

The Church IS a Democracy @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I thought that might get your attention. So now that you’re here, let me qualify that...

New Podcast with Stanford Carmack on Textual Analysis of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Over on the FAIRMormon blog, you can listen to "Syntax and Book of Mormon Authorship –...

Patterns Teach @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  What do patterns in Church practice and patterns in the stories we hear in Church teach...

I’m a Free-Range Chicken @ Mormon Mentality
  -   You know how there has been a dust-up with how chickens are raised in America (hint:...

How I Taught Lesson 12 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Last Saturday night, I was asked to pinch hit for Gospel Doctrine. Since my posts here...

The Logic of Rejecting The Idea of Salvation by Grace Alone @ Small and Simple
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All Dogs Go to Heaven @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Keith Lane noted an interesting blog post at First Things about spiritual materialism....

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 5: Getting Personal) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Okay, so I didn’t finish this topic in four posts. I figured I ought to illustrate the...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12: John 5-6 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Some short commentary on John 5 with pictures, today. Jesus goes to Jerusalem for a...

My Turn To Say Thanks @ Mormon Mentality
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Great Literature You May Have Missed: Joseph Smith's First Vision, Explained by Dr. Arthur Henry King @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most impressive figures on the BYU campus when I was a student was Dr. Arthur...

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 4: Correlation) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Organizationally speaking, the Church is a hybrid: it is both an ecclesiastical...

Pitting Believers Against Unbelievers @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The March 2015 Ensign includes a BYU-I devotional from Elder Dallin H. Oaks titled,...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11: Matthew 13 and Parables @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Matthew 13 is a series of long and short parables,  which furnishes us with a good...

Application Deadline Extended for Wheatley Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Advanced undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in a...

Did the Exodus Happen? A Case Where Evidence of "Plagiarism" May Be Evidence of Authenticity in the Biblical Record @ Mormanity
  -  Here's a case in which evidence of "plagiarism" in the Bible may actually be evidence for...

The Mormon Law of Consecration @ Patheos
  -   Zion may always be in transition and always under revision. Perhaps that is what it...

5 Church Callings That Don’t Require Man Junk @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Lots of people have written about the crazy lack of women’s presence in church...

BYU Event on Saturday, March 14, Exploring Early Modern English and Other Complexities in Book of Mormon Language @ Mormanity
  -  Wish I could be in Provo Saturday for an interesting event on some of the complex and...

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 3: Infiltration) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Originally, I thought this would be a three-part series of posts. But if I try to pack...

My Big Idea That I Hope Someone Steals @ Mormon Mentality
  -   My ward is planning its quarterly ward temple trip. Our temple is almost 2 hours away,...

Adventures in Approaching Zion @ Peculiar People
  -  I ended my last article with the idea that not knowing how to move towards Zion as an...

Becoming a Democrat @ Mormon Mentality
  -   I registered as a Republican so that I could vote in the primaries for someone I...

Quick Question @ Mormon Mentality
  -   What level of sickness should make someone stay home from church? Inquiring minds want...

If You Don’t Like The Church, Why Not Just __________? @ Small and Simple
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From The Truth, The Way, and the Life: The Truth About the Way B.H. Roberts Viewed the Book of Mormon at the End of His Life @ Mormanity
  -  Critics often claim that a famous LDS General Authority, intellectual, and prolific...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10: Matthew 11:28-12:13; Luke 13:10-17; 7:36-50 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  More stories today in the Gospels, including several Sabbath Controversies. In the...

Patriarchy and Agency @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Agency is central to LDS theology. We fought a war in the pre-mortal existence to...

Two Thoughts From an Ordained Woman @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I play the piano for a small Methodist congregation on Sunday mornings. They meet in one...

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 2: Values) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the previous post, I introduced an idea called the organizational imperative. First...

My Brother, Rex @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Someone recently said something that reminded me of my deceased brother. Rex has been...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9: Matthew 6-7 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In keeping with Jesus’ style of connecting seemingly-unconnected bits, I’m...

How Did Joseph Do What He Did in Translating the Book of Mormon? Further Evidence for Early Modern English Influence @ Mormanity
  -  The mystery of Early Modern English (EModE) grammar in the original text of the Book of...

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 1: The Imperative) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the next three posts, I will be discussing an idea that, in its own quiet way, tends...

Connecting Some Scattered Book of Mormon Dots @ Mormanity
  -  Those who enjoy puzzles, mysteries, and conspiracy theories might find some aspects of...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8: Matthew 5 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This begins the first of several weeks coverage of what’s come to be known as The...

Mormonism and Capitalism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   On May 27, 1868, the following appeared in a newspaper editorial: “Throughout the...

Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason @ Patheos
  -   The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship,...

“The Prophecy of This Book” @ Peculiar People
  -  Believers in the Book of Mormon are inevitably acquainted with Revelation 22:18-19: For I...

Inversion @ Peculiar People
  -  Please excuse the strained metaphor. Every now and again I have the chance to head into...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: Mark 2:1-12 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Each lesson covers a good number of stories. Today covers Mark 1-2, among others. Mark is...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 7 (Selections from Mark and Luke) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This week’s assigned readings are something of a potpourri of miracle stories:...

Friend of the Slain Muslims in North Carolina: An Example of Calmness, Courage, and Kindness in Grief @ Mormanity
  -  On Wednesday morning at a technical conference I attended in Miami, the female CEO of an...

Can Discipline Remain Local in a Global Church? @ Peculiar People
  -  Leading up to Kate Kelly’s disciplinary hearing in 2014, the Church of Jesus...

Being Taught after the Manner of the Jews: A Personal Journey @ Patheos
  -   Five key lessons I learned from Torah study on how to read the Book of Mormon.

What About Those Who Can't Sing? @ Mormanity
  -  For some people, singing is a challenging part of worship. For those who feel they can't...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6: @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My focus today is on a passage from Luke 4. In his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gets up to...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 6 (Luke 4:14-32) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This week I read from the assigned passages in Luke, beginning with Jesus’ visit to the...

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien @ Peculiar People
  -  Why an 80-year-old children’s book feels newer and more grown-up than the...

Protestant and Catholic Mormons @ Patheos
  -   The danger of identifying too closely with being not-Catholic is that we will forget...

The Increasingly Interesting Liahona @ Mormanity
  -  In an earlier post here at Mormanity, I discussed an intriguing aspect of the temple that...

Review: “Selma” @ Peculiar People
  -  Selma deserves a Best Picture win, because even with all of its imperfections, it is a...

The Book of Mormon's Command Performance: The Late War and Other KJV-Style Texts Don't Help @ Mormanity
  -  Stanford Carmack's discussion of the unusual grammar in the original Book of Mormon text...

Announcing the 2nd Wheatley Summer Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Announcing the 2nd Annual Wheatley 2015: The 2nd Annual Wheatley “Faith Seeking...

Ralph Hancock: The Blessing of Having a Gadfly In Your Life @ Patheos
  -   Ralph makes us uncomfortable because he won't quit asking those questions even when we...

Another Classic Example of Misleading LDS Apologetics: The Gospel of Philip and Temple Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  In the comments to a previous post about LDS garments at Mormanity, I've just been called...

Nous Sommes Tous Satiristes Juifs @ Patheos
  -   There's not much more that can be said at times like these.

New Twists in the Debate Over Book of Mormon Origins @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon has long been a controversial book to the world, but we must also...

"Let It Go" @ Mormanity
  -  Among the stories shared in General Conferences from the past few years, one of my...

Shanghai's Disastrous New Year's Eve Stampede: The Unintended Consequences of Giving Foolishly @ Mormanity
  -  Nearly 40 people died last night in a tragic stampede in Shanghai, just a short walk from...

Ezra Taft Benson and Teachings of the Presidents for 2015: Some Things You Won't Be Learning This Year @ Mormanity
  -  I'm glad to see that the LDS manual for Teachings of the Presidents in 2015 will cover...

A Winter of Miracles @ Mormanity
  -  The past few weeks have been a winter of miracles for me, and I wish to express my wonder...

A Beautiful and Record-Breaking Nativity Scene @ Mormanity
  -  Even if you have seen this already, it's worth a view. Also look at the sister video...

The Perfect College Football Playoff System – 2014 Version @ Small and Simple
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More to LDS Garments Than Meets the Eye @ Mormanity
  -  A few days ago I discussed the new video from the Church discussing basics of the LDS...

Blessed Are the Peacemakers @ Mormanity
  -  My remarks below are made as an observer in China, distant from the Ferguson scene and...

There is No Future In It – Nor Past @ Small and Simple
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Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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For the OW Crowd, OD2 Would Seem Like a Two-Edged Sword @ Small and Simple
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Book of Mormon Geography: North America @ Small and Simple
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New Gospel Topic at LDS.org – Becoming Like God @ Small and Simple
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RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

Your Christmas gift guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  Having trouble picking which of my books you would like to give for Christmas? Here is a...

Wise advice on Sunday School Teaching @ Mormon Organon
  -  From my friend Blair Hodges: “Too often, the Sunday School teacher doesn’t...