Posted by Matthew on January 2, 2014
At times people approach a concern about the scriptures as if their entire testimony depends on resolving the question in a particular way. I think of this as all-or-nothing type thinking. I want to discuss here why I think all-or-nothing type thinking is wrong.
Others here on Feast may not be interested in reading this post. They’ve already helped me work through my thoughts related to this on a couple of different occasions (see for example here, here, and here). The purpose of this post is not to break new ground but rather to sum up my current thinking.
A specific event prompted me to write this post. A Mormon neighbor of mine has had a lot of questions about things that bother her in our church both in the scriptures and with things the prophets have said. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on October 14, 2012
I am excited to share some information related to a current project on our wiki site. For the rest of this month we will be focusing on improving the content around Ether ahead of the Sunday School lesson. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on September 30, 2012
Do you ever feel that a certain interpretation of the scriptures is too convenient? too strained?
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Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2012
Before we get to the meat of this post I want to begin with a proposition which I consider for this post foundational. I lay this proposition here at the front to define my audience. In addition to the obvious fact that this is written for a Mormon audience, I want to define my audience for this post as those who see denying Blacks the priesthood as a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on November 9, 2011
I recently got feedback that it is hard to find the right sunday school lesson. I think the best place to probably look is the sunday school index–but people don’t know to look there.
Our navigation isn’t that helpful. Before switching it up, I’d like some suggestions on how to make it easy. The goal I think should be to make it easy for someone who just shows up and is looking for lesson materials.
What suggestions do you have?
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Posted by Matthew on September 12, 2011
We’ve had some annoying spam on our wiki despite the measures already taken there to avoid it. To prevent the type of spam we have received recently I implemented the following tonight: only users with confirmed e-mail addresses can add new pages or upload files to the wiki. This includes user talk pages. I don’t like the idea that someone has to confirm their e-mail address just to tell us who they are. On the other hand confirming an e-mail address isn’t too hard. Feedback/alternative suggestions welcome.
Also, if anyone is willing, please take a minute and test the functionality and see if it is working as I outlined. Feel free to create a new user test account in the process. As always thanks for your help.
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Posted by Matthew on April 15, 2011
I am always pleased at how well both the Feast Blog and the Feast site do in terms of visits. Of the two the Feast blog is the more popular. A big thanks to those who contribute to the blog, whether by writing posts or comments. Though the feast wiki is only about half as popular, it still gets between 6 and 8 thousand page views a month. I am always happily surprised how much the wiki gets used even at times (as there are) when there are few contributions. It makes sense though, and is one of the great things about people’s thoughts on the scriptures. The scriptures aren’t changing. Someone’s comment on a particular verse written two years ago is probably just as valuable today as it was when it was written. So even if there is little new content, there is a lot of value for the visitors in looking at what is already there. Another big thanks goes to those who have and do contribute to the Feast wiki. Your contributions are valuable.
But why aren’t there more contributions? Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on February 2, 2011
If you aren’t familiar with the Sunday School Index page on our Feast wiki, I’d like to introduce you to it. If you don’t know how to update it, I include instructions. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on December 6, 2010
Janet Lisonbee pointed out on the submit a question page that the scripture window embedded in commentary pages of the wiki site wasn’t working well. At least for now I have fixed this by changing the link embedded to point to the “classic” version of the scripture site on lds.org. See here for an example: http://feastupontheword.org/Alma_13:1-5. Thanks Janet for bringing the problem to my attention.
This is fixed only “for now” because I assume that at some point (in a few months?) lds.org will retire their classic site. It would be nice if, at that point, we have already recoded how the feast site embeds the lds scriptures in order to make use of the new scripture site. I’m a bit stumped though on how to do that. If you think you may be able to help me, read on. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Matthew on May 26, 2010
I took my title from Cheryl’s post on Joshua. And there is a similar question in my father’s post here. If you haven’t already, you may want to take a look at those posts and comments.
Here is a longer way of expressing the conflict present in the title of this post:
(1) God is good (something we can assert by definition or, more importantly, we can testify of through our experience with him). Read the rest of this entry »
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