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How to Receive: A Lesson in Grace through Yoga @ Segullah
  -   “Unclench your jaw.” “Let your shoulders relax.” “Now...

2014 Whitney Awards: Romance Finalists @ Segullah
  -  When I first started reading books for the Whitney Awards about half a decade ago, I was...

Same-Sex Marriage and Prophetic Fallibility @ Small and Simple
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Bureaucracy (Part 2: The Tendency toward Centralization) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   As mentioned last week, one of the structural tendencies of bureaucracy is...

Mothering as Witnessing of God @ Segullah
  -  Last Sunday my son gave a talk in Primary for the first time in years. It was short, but...

The Logic of Abduction @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Peirce tied together closely the pragmatic maxim and abduction. The pragmatic maxim was...

Paradox of Religious Freedom @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Nate Oman on the irony of the conflict between religious freedom and anti-discrimination....

A Bit More on Emerson @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  A few days ago I mentioned a paper comparing Orson Pratt’s view of ontological...

Same-Sex Marriage and A Rational Basis @ Small and Simple
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Arts, Hearts, Carts & … Air Bubbles – Peculiar Treasures! @ Segullah
  -   Ooh, we’ve got some lovely links for you all this week! Start with an art...

Same-Sex Marriage and Humanism (It’s not about Love) @ Small and Simple
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Pratt, Emerson and James on God @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve been slowly catching up with a lot of reading I’ve been behind in for years....

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: John 9-10 (Updated) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Two chapters of John today. John 9:1-3 These verses (as well as other scriptural or...

Sabbath Revival: “Proverbs 9:10″ @ Segullah
  -  This post about being holy was originally published by Melissa Y on March 1, 2007. Many...

Popper vs Carnap @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Nice post on Popper vs. Carnap on falsification. Popper’s the most overrated...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: John 7-8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Bits and pieces this week. John 7:1- Who are “the Jews?” John frequently says...

Utah Conservatism in The Economist @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The economist has an interesting story on Utah and in particular our pragmatic form of...

Same-Sex Marriage and Benefits @ Small and Simple
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We Don’t Need No Bible Study @ Mormon Mentality
  -   A couple of my dearest girlfriends have explored life outside of our happy little Mormon...

Same-Sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and the Separation of Church and State @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and Research on the Well-Being of Children @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and Contracts @ Small and Simple
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Same-sex Marriage and Libertarianism @ Small and Simple
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Who Kill Police and Who Police Kill @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Who police kill and who kill police. (HT: Chris) Some surprises such as hispanic rates.

Talk for Baltimore @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  A talk I point people talking about Baltimore to: N Eldon Tanner “Judge Not.” As...

Deep Doctrine @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  “Deep doctrine” is one of the phrases I most dislike in Mormonism. It’s...

2014 Whitney Awards: YA Speculative Finalists @ Segullah
  -  As a writer of speculative fiction–in particular, speculative fiction for children...

The Ups and Downs of Captivity: Or, Keep Your Knees Bent @ Mormanity
  -  The day my previous post appeared on deliverance and captivity, I experienced a little...

Same-Sex Marriage and Infertility @ Small and Simple
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Bureaucracy (Part 1: The Nature of the Beast) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Bureaucracy is the plague of the modern organizational world. It breeds inefficiency and...

Mormons and the Rise of the Nones @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  In the various demographic posts I’ve done I’ve mentioned that the significant change...

Ordinal Polytheism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Ordinal polytheism. A view of God motivated by cosmological and design arguments as well...

Announcing the 2015 Segullah Contest Winners @ Segullah
  -   We are pleased to announce the winners of the annual Segullah Writing Contest. Pieces...

I’ve got Swollen Lymph Nodes @ Mormon Mentality
  -   On both sides of my neck, the lymph nodes are swollen. Not hugely, but just enough to...

2014 Whitney Awards: Mystery/Thriller Finalists @ Segullah
  -  Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry (Ballantine, Sept. 2014) The...

Sensibility @ Segullah
  -   The coast is clear. I shove the closest book I’m reading down the back of my...

Peculiar Treasures: You Belong @ Segullah
  -   Last night my family anxiously waited in a group chat with my sister as she was stranded...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: Matthew 18:1-35; Luke 10:25-37 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Two parables today, that of the unjust servant, and that of the good samaritan. First,...

Deliverance and Captivity @ Mormanity
  -  A few weeks after moving to Wisconsin long ago, Canadian geese flew over my home and woke...

Some Thoughts on Convert Baptisms per Missionary @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   For the past couple of years, I’ve been anticipating the April 2015 conference. I was...

Is Mormonism optimistic? @ Peculiar People
  -  I’ve been having a problem with optimism lately. My last two blog posts were basically...

Oh Say, What is Truth? Understanding Mormonism through a Black Feminist Epistemology @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  My husband Rebelhair and I often talk about the things that make up the culture of...

Could President Uchtdorf Become *President* Uchtdorf? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   After I wrote last week about the probability of each of the members of the Q15 becoming...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13: Matthew 14:21-17:9 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today is a bit harried. We’ve been on the road, my wife successfully defended her...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gospel: From Problem to Promise @ Patheos
  -   There is no answer to the question of suffering if an answer means an explanation of...

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

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,...

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

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.

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...