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How a loving God could command the wholesale extermination of nations

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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Fanaticism Shamaticism

Posted by Matthew on February 3, 2009

Fanatics…who likes them? anyone out there? They are annoying and harmful, right?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Personal Revelation and the Scriptures

Posted by Matthew on January 11, 2009

It is fairly widely argued that, as a people, we should spend more time studying the scriptures. That’s a big part of the motivation behind this blog and it’s sister wiki. We all know of the condemnation spoken of in D&C 84:58 and made famous by President Benson.

Naturally, much of what goes on here on the blog, at the wiki, and in Sunday School classes, is–on a good day:)–to look closely at what the scriptures say and listen to what authorities say about them. That’s wonderful but study alone, without personal revelation, doesn’t amount to much.

Consider Nephi’s reaction to hearing his father’s vision…was it to carefully parse his father’s words, ask questions about them and debate with others the meaning? No. We know that’s much more similar to his elder brother’s reaction. (See 1 Ne 15:1-11.) Nephi’s reaction was to seek revelation (1 Ne 11:1). Which he then received. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taking the name of the Lord in Vain

Posted by Matthew on March 11, 2008

What does it mean to take the name of the Lord in vain? We could look at lots of scriptures. Here’s 3: Ex 20:7D&C 63:60-65 & D&C 41:1. The first is the famous example–it is one of the ten commandments. The second says that we take the name of the Lord in vain when we speak as though we’re authorized by the Lord when we aren’t. The third curses the members of the Church (because we go by his name) when we don’t listen to Christ. One thing we see from these scriptures is the wide variety of things it means to “take the name of the Lord in vain.”

Which is worse: to hit your hand with a hammer and cry out “God that hurt,” to hit your hand with a hammer and say f— or to close a prayer with the words “in the name of Jesus Christ” without any thought for Jesus? Read the rest of this entry »

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Wiki Site Down

Posted by Matthew on March 1, 2008

The wiki site is down right now and has been for a good share of today. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just want to let people know that I have contacted the person who hosts the site for us and hope that things will be working by Sunday morning. Feel free to post questions here. I’ll post status updates here.

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Sunday School Index

Posted by Matthew on February 10, 2008

We have a new page which indexes the posts on the blog by Sunday School lesson number. The url is http://feastupontheword.org/Site:SS_lessons

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BoM Lesson 5

Posted by Matthew on January 27, 2008

1 Ne 16-22 Read the rest of this entry »

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BOM Lesson 2

Posted by Matthew on January 6, 2008

Over the last few years (has it been that long?) a lot of work has been done on our sister wiki for the chapters Lesson 2 covers. The wiki has about about 70 printed pages of content! You can see the entire content here. It was a fun exercise for me to go through that and pull out some of my favorite highlights. I hope you enjoy. Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scriptures we ignore

Posted by Matthew on November 30, 2007

There’s been a lot of discussion of late about prioritizing one scriptural text over another. So I thought it might be a nice exercise to think through some scriptures we simply ignore. Read the rest of this entry »

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D&C 19:7 endless DOES NOT EQUAL having no end?

Posted by Matthew on September 18, 2007

A lot can hang on the meaning of a single word.  Read the rest of this entry »

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