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Gospel Doctrine Lesson 44: Ezekiel 43, 44, 47 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Just as the Book of Ezekiel opened with a cryptic vision (1:1 “the heavens were...

Gratitudes @ Segullah
  -  To be honest, the last couple of weeks have been a rush: stress piled on top of illness...

Toward a Relational Understanding of Salvation @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In his popular book Believing Christ, Stephen Robinson relates a parable which at least...

Peculiar Treasures: Step In @ Segullah
  -   This week feels like the beginning and the beginning of the end. With Thanksgiving...

How Were We Supposed to Know? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I wasn’t going to comment on the church’s recent article posted on their...

President Henry B. Eyring's Visit to the Vatican: A Gentle Call to Strengthen Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  President Henry B. Eyring just did something that my wife and did earlier this year:...

There is No Future In It – Nor Past @ Small and Simple
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Sabbath Revival: “Sweet Hours of Prayer” @ Segullah
  -  “Die Betenden Hände” (“The Praying Hands”) from Albrecht Dürer This beautiful...

2014 Writing and Art Contest Open for Submissions @ Segullah
  -   In case you haven’t already heard, the 2014 Annual Writing and Art Contest is...

Sideblog Back @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The sideblog is back. Right now it shows up on the rss feed. If you don’t like that let...

Charles Taylor @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Charles Taylor as a theologian of the status quo. Interesting critique from a kind of...

Living with Fallibility @ Patheos
  -   The documents recently released by the LDS Church are important to me because I hope...

Crowdsourcing Request: How one Women’s class caused an Uproar @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This post isn’t about polygamy or immigration or even Bill Cosby. I am just...

In Every Thing Give Thanks @ Segullah
  -  November offers an invitation to mediate on the virtues of gratitude. A first glance, I...

Let your light so shine or do your alms in secret? @ Segullah
  -   I’m looking for a vibrant group discussion today. I hope you’ll contribute...

Joseph’s (First) Wife, Emma @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  How would you describe Emma Hale’s relationship with Joseph Smith? They were...

November Journal Is Up @ Segullah
  -   Have you clicked over to the Segullah Journal yet? Well, if you’re new here or...

TRUTH, TRUST AND TRADITION @ Segullah
  -  I was having lunch with my friend, Sue, recently and we got to talking about our...

Margaret Atwood and the Spirit’s Voice @ Segullah
  -   Of all the books I read for my book group last year, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43: Ezekiel 18, 34, 37. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Up until this point, prophets have largely been northern or southern. Ezekiel is the...

“Toxic Religion”? The Parable of the Pan @ Peculiar People
  -  There are “winners and losers” in the wake of the acknowledgment by The Church of...

Peculiar Treasures: Tongues, Chomps, Champs, Choice and Twos! @ Segullah
  -   Wherever you may be in the world, and whatever your country’s name in its...

Back to Peirce @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While I did not start philosophically with Peirce, he has come to dominate my thought the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42: Jeremiah 16, 23, 29, 31 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We continue our scattered reading of Jeremiah. I’ll be sequential this time....

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41: Jeremiah 1-2; 15; 20;26; 36-38 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Jeremiah! The man, the book, the bullfrog… We know more about Jeremiah than any...

I’m Stealing This To Share With You @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I don’t know if it is legit to post blog articles from other sites on Mormon...

Mormon Truth, New York Doll Style @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Since the church recently released it’s movie Meet the Mormons as a missionary tool...

LDS Newsroom Releases Helpful Video on Temple Garments @ Mormanity
  -  The LDS Newsroom at LDS.org surprised me with the new announcement and video on the LDS...

Wrestling the Angel: About the Book and Author @ Patheos
  -   "Wrestling the Angel" traces the essential contours of Mormon thought from the time of...

Wrestling the Angel: Read an Excerpt @ Patheos
  -   Being versus Becoming, Process versus Perfection, Creation, Time, and Eternity -- on...

Praise for Wrestling the Angel @ Patheos
  -   "Givens has provided the most thorough and expert accounting of Mormonism's place in...

Other Publications from Terryl Givens @ Patheos
  -   A list of other work and publications from Terryl Givens

Post Election Thoughts @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  A few thoughts post election. 1. I’ve been pretty surprised that the mainstream media...

Back for Real @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  OK, I said I was back and then wasn’t. This time I am for real.    My apologies. I...

Consecrating the widow’s mite @ Peculiar People
  -  The Filipino widow’s mite The widow’s mite is a poignant story, but one in which we...

Turning Flaws Into Art: Recognizing the Hand of Lord in Our Lives @ Mormanity
  -  During a trip to Taiwan in September, my wife and I visited the National Palace Museum in...

Helvetica @ Peculiar People
  -  According to the official style guide of The Church, “Mormon” implies an individual,...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40- Isaiah 54-56, 63-65 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we come to the last of our Isaiah lessons. These chapters cover a variety of...

Certainty and Trust: Two Sides of the Same Coin? @ Patheos
  -   God seems to prefer that we trust him than that we have objective, scientific facts...

It’s Time For Mormons To Be Scary Again @ Peculiar People
  -  It’s Halloween time, so as usual I’m watching a lot of horror movies. Maybe this is...

Most Liked Conference Talks (Now with better data!) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I wrote a post last year in which I tried to assess which Conference talks were most...

I *heart* Emma Smith @ Mormon Mentality
  -   As a kid growing up in the church, I was always curious and a bit sad about Emma Smith....

More on the Ebola Threat and the Need to Prepare for Deliberate Spread of the Disease @ Mormanity
  -  In a previous post on the Ebola threat, I reminded us of our need to be prepared for...

Faith and History Conference: 2015 @ Peculiar People
  -  A reminder to our readers that the Fifth Biennial Faith & Knowledge Conference will...

Missional and Attractional Mormonism @ Peculiar People
  -  Along with many  other churches in recent years, the leaders and membership of the LDS...

Equality: Plural Marriage Style @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The church is undoubtedly concerned about image these days, as reflected in the latest...

An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands @ Mormanity
  -  On this blog, I've previously discussed statements showing Joseph Smith's views in...

The Most Offensive Halloween Costume Ever @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Years ago, I when I was knee-deep in raising children (no exaggeration, look at the...

The Problem of Evil, Church Edition @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The classic formulation is of the problem of evil is that (1) God is all-powerful, (2)...

A Church Film That I Actually Like! Wahoo! @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The church released a short (less than 5 min. long) video that explains the significance...

Feminism, Pain, and the Atonement @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve recently come across the troubling accusation that LDS feminists deny the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39: Isaiah 50-53 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  One theme throughout these chapters is the redemption and recovery of Israel,...

Recommended NT Resources, Part 2: General and Reference @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -   (Cross-posted at Times&Seasons) Many of these can be purchased in paper, kindle, or...

What Would Jesus Do? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  With all the ways the church guides us, in some instances telling us specifically how to...

Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  ( Cross-posted at Times&Seasons, where there are more comments.) We’re 80% of...

LDS Family Takes on a Giant Risk and Rescues a Troubled Young Lady @ Mormanity
  -  So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38: Isaiah 40-49 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As always, there’s a lot going on in these chapters. I’m a bit thin on these...

The Correlated Story of Zelophehad’s Daughters @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that many of the...

Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD: Please, Don’t Love Me @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In today’s edition of that good ol’ Bloggernacle comfort food, Twice-Baked...

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Mormon Feminist Life @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Did you spend your weekend on General Conference? **** So you’ve had a feminist...

Junia The Apostle and Mormonism’s Priesthood @ Peculiar People
  -  Most Mormons don’t know it yet, but Romans 16:7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my...

The End, For Now @ Mormon Mentality
  -  My ex-husband has recently been granted a sealing clearance. I was not notified he was...

A New International Accent in General Conference @ Mormanity
  -  Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his...

A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan @ Mormanity
  -  As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of...

Temple talk trends @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Over at fMh yesterday, Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks introduced a new series, “When...

What Is a “Mormon” Reading of Scripture? Thoughts on Michael Austin’s “Re-reading Job” @ Peculiar People
  -  Every four years, every Sunday School in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of...

INTERNATIONAL MORMON STUDIES: MORE HELP WANTED! @ Peculiar People
  -    This is a report AND a call for input going forward from the directors of the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 24-26, 28-30. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah’s love of wordplay and pun, which...

Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help! @ Mormanity
  -  Meridian Magazine is launching a series of articles reviewing the detailed reasons for...

The Amazing Tale of One Man's Perilous Journey from Islam to Mormonism @ Mormanity
  -  My experience with members of the Islam faith has been extremely positive, and I have...

Behold! A Little Fact’ry! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It’s almost Conference time again, and although it has only been six months, I can...

The Problem of Evil and Some LDS Perspectives, Or, We Are All Statistics Till the Conflict Is Over @ Mormanity
  -  Shame and Anger: A Response to Small Miracles in a World of Big Pain and Evil Latter-day ...

David L. Paulsen on the Problem of Evil @ Mormanity
  -  Many thanks to Matt W. at New Cool Thang for mentioning the outstanding speech by David...

Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Divine Irony? @ Mormanity
  -  Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence...

Daniel Peterson Quotes a Questionable LDS Apologist, But the Rest of His Presentation Was Good @ Mormanity
  -  At the recent FAIR Conference, among the very interesting presentations was Daniel...

What do we mean by “Another Testament”? @ Peculiar People
  -  Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however, it...

No Evidence at All? @ Mormanity
  -  One critic posting on my comments pages recently explained why he didn't believe in...

2014 Fair Conference: Ty Mansfield on Sexual Identity and Same-Sex Attraction from an LDS Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  The recent 2014 Fair Conference, held Aug. 7-8, 2014 in Provo, offers a great selection...

What American's Open Borders Mean in a World with Ebola: An Easy But Hopefully Wrong Prophecy @ Mormanity
  -  Have you read Laurie Garrett's piece for ForeignPolicy.com, "You Are Not Nearly Scared...

A Standing Ovation for Sharon Eubank and "This Is a Woman's Church" @ Mormanity
  -  At the FAIR Conference a few days ago, a rare standing ovation was given for Sharon...

The Factory Price, Or, The Price of Friendship @ Mormanity
  -   A scene from the markets at Dong Tai Road.Shortly after coming to China, we made friends...

Hurray for Mary Higby Schweitzer: Working Mom, Christian, and Dangerous Scientist @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon warns against some of the many fallacies made by the elite and...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion @ Mormanity
  -  With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders...

The Hard Sayings: Forgive @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Hard Sayings of Jesus are generally those saying in the gospels attributed to Jesus...

LDS.org Offers "Gospel Topics" Section on the Historicity and Translation of the Book of Abraham @ Mormanity
  -  Among the growing body of helpful and carefully researched topics discussed in the...

Kate Kelly, Ordain Women, and Foxconn: The Importance of Asking Questions @ Mormanity
  -  Kate Kelly's story as presented in the media is a compelling one, stirring and...

No, the Strangite Witnesses Are Not Strong Parallels to the Book of Mormon Witnesses @ Mormanity
  -  In my last post, Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith, some folks suggested that the import of the...

Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith @ Mormanity
  -  My sophomore English class at Brighton High School was a disaster. The school was using a...

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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Returning @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’m starting Mormon Metaphysics back up after a long absence. Sorry for the time...

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...

Past Changes and Future Changes Some Hope For @ Small and Simple
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2013 in review @ Small and Simple
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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...

D&C 107 and Ordaining Women @ Small and Simple
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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...

40 Answers from a Mormon @ Small and Simple
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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...