A Different Take on the Samaritan Story
I want to subtitle this post: Defending the Priest and the Levite. Not long ago, we had a lesson in priesthood on the Good Samaritan. This is one of my favorite parables, but the lesson quickly devolved into the traditional platitudes. People began to point fingers at the “hypocritical” priest and the Levite walking past the […]
White Dudes Talk about Race
I attended Black, White, and Mormon, “A CONFERENCE on the EVOLVING STATUS of BLACK SAINTS WITHIN the MORMON FOLD” at the University of Utah a few days ago. I took a lot of notes from the speakers, and had planned to give an overview. Lester Bush gave an outstanding speech Thursday evening. I should have started with his […]
Posts Restored – Back to the Present
Many of you have noticed a blast from the past on my blog. Back in Feb 2013, my host server crashed and I had to back up my blog and try to restore it. I picked WordPress.com, thinking that was a good choice. Well, it didn’t restore all my posts–I was missing about 150 of […]
Mormons Being Proselytized
Mormons are know for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also didn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard.
What Should be the LDS Church position on Syria?
A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics […]
The Black 14 of Wyoming
Margaret Young organized a special meeting at BYU on Saturday night. She invited Mel Hamilton to discuss his experiences as part of the Black 14 protest against BYU in 1969. Mel grew up Catholic in North and South Carolina. In 1965, he was recruited to be part of the University of Wyoming football team. Arriving […]
Hobby Lobby Fights Obamacare
Back in 2008 when President Obama was elected, I asked my sister how she felt about it. She said she didn’t vote for him, but it wasn’t the end of the world as some predicted. She lives in Colorado, a “purple” state as she calls it. It is one of the few states that seems […]
Mormons are “Marginal Christians”
Just prior to General Conference, Utah Valley University hosted a Mormon Studies Conference titled “The Expanding Canon”. I wish I could have attended more of the sessions, but enjoyed the sessions I attended. I was surprised that the LDS Instituted of Religion hosted one of the sessions. I attended Institute when I was in college, […]