Month: May 2016

Condescension: The Call of Discipleship

The Fall is a broad topic and so I have taken an element from it upon which to elaborate my personal understanding, feelings and beliefs. It is the idea of condescension.  This essay is not about what we already know, rather about “Good from Evil” as motivation for fulfilling or acting contrary to the formalities of the Law.  In Christ’s words, “Love your enemies and be ye perfect even as your father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt. 5:44, 48) and in Lucifer’s, “then ye shall be as gods” (Gen 3:5). Strong’s literal translation of “fall” or “naw-fal,”...

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Ministry: The Belated Lesson of CDR Mormon

Ministry is Christ’s more excellent way to peace. Alma 48 17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men. 18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God. 19 Now behold, Helaman and his...

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Retribution: Lessons from the Book of Mormon

In footnote C of Matt. 5:44 the word bless is cross referenced with retribution. In the Bible Dictionary, “punishment” is “righteous retribution” executed for the purpose of extirpating sinners from Israel. This means that “righteous retribution” is punitive and not rehabilitative. To use punishment to “reform” or as a requirement for repentance is unrighteous. “Righteous retribution” is not restitution. The purpose of punishment was neither to restore sinners to good standing in society nor to save them from their sins. Punishment destroys sinners. Does this footnote imply that Christ is advocating His Saints destroy sinners and not save them...

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My Commentary on the Excommunication of Kate Kelly

Between June 2014 and August 2015 I wrote a series of four essays on the Excommunication of Kate Kelly and the Ordination of Women. I thought it would be good to post this anthology as one of the introductory posts to The original publications are found in the links below: LDS Public Affairs’ commentary on the excommunication proceedings is troubling. Ordain Women’s activism is non-threatening to the LDS Church and Mormon Doctrine. Kate Kelly’s excommunication does nothing to protect the integrity of Mormon Doctrine, thus making her excommunication about disobedience rather than apostasy. My position on the Ordination of...

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