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RS/MP Chapter 21: Loving God More Than We Love the World (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on November 8, 2013

This week, I will skip the “From the Life of” section, but make comments on each of the other sections. The lesson can be found online here. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 19: Missionary Work: “To Reach Every Human Heart” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on October 8, 2013

This lesson can be found online here. Below, I will write a few comments on each section of the lesson. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 17: “Priesthood—’for the Salvation of the Human Family'” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on September 13, 2013

(Apologies this is late.)

The lesson from the manual can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of Holiness, Romans 8:31-39 (pp. 438-453)

Posted by Robert C. on August 23, 2013

(This is the final post for this reading group project. I have updated the index page of all the posts for this project here. Thanks, everyone, for a great ride, and thanks especially to Jim for writing a great book, and giving us the excuse to delve deeper into Paul’s letter!)

In what follows below, I’ll first offer some meta reflections on Jim’s book as a whole (and in the process I’ll give an apology/explanation for the lateness of this final post). Then I’ll group my comments around three topics that summarize this final reading and provide an occasion for me to reflect on several of the themes that stand out to me from Jim’s book as a whole, as well as his writings more generally. The three thematic topics I’ll address are suffering, joy, and universality. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 15: Faithful, Energetic Service in the Kingdom of God (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on August 8, 2013

First, as the dog days of summer drag on, it might be good to start your lesson (or lesson prep) off with a Lorenzo Snow cone. Enjoy.

From the Life of Lorenzo Snow

I really like the opening vignette for this lesson relating how Pres. Snow (Elder Snow back then) got caught in Malta (check here for a little background) and basically decided to make lemonade (another good dog-days treat…). Here is the key quote: Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of Holiness, Romans 8:26-30 (pp. 421-437)

Posted by Robert C. on July 11, 2013

I’m going to discuss this week’s reading by addressing two major, interrelated themes. First, I’ll discuss weakness and the redemptive manner that weakness is treated in the Gospel. Second, I’ll discuss the plan or purpose of the Gospel and the manner in which our existence can be understood as teleological. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 13: Relief Society: True Charity and Pure Religion (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on July 5, 2013

I’m really excited to teach this lesson. I find the topic deeply therapeutic. The strains and tensions of Mormon gender relations have recently been common topics in certain Mormon circles (esp. across the Bloggernacle). In that light, the idea of teaching the Priesthood about the Relief Society (RS), and its core focus on humanitarian service, strikes me as deliciously ironic (though, “irony” isn’t quite the right term here) and subversive. I’ll try to explain what I mean as I go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of Holiness, Romans 8:1-11 (pages 377-393)

Posted by Robert C. on June 27, 2013

This week I’ll just provide a list of the highlights I took from my reading, basically in the order they occur in the reading (also, the discussions get progressively shorter, as I was running out of time…). I came up with a list of 9 points, so I’m counting on you readers to help me come up with a 10th point, since a “Top 9 List” doesn’t quit sound right. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Life of Holiness, Romans 6:15-23 (pages 314-34)

Posted by Robert C. on June 10, 2013

[Thanks to Alan G. for sending in the post below. Alan sent this to me exactly a week ago, but it's taken me this long to climb out from under last week's pile of email. Sorry.]

I think this material is less rich than some of the surrounding passages, so I am having a hard time coming up with useful comments. Paul initially is addressing the notion that if Christians are released from the law of Moses, are they then free to become libertines. Paul wants to combat that perception: “shall we sin, because we are not under the law?” (Romans 6:15). Jim says here that from an Old Testament context “a sinner is someone who has not succeeded in keeping the Mosaic law” (p. 315). I have a sense that Paul is primarily concerned with the backdrop of the law of Moses, but that his comments are also inclusive enough to apply to Roman law. So I would be interested to see how applicable these comments are to a broader range of law expanded beyond the law of Moses. Does Christian grace fulfill (as in move beyond) other legal frameworks also? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Life of Holiness, Romans 6:1-14 (pp. 271-313)

Posted by Robert C. on May 29, 2013

[David G. has stepped up and written the "double" post below, covering two weeks of our reading schedule—last week's and this week's readings. Thanks, David.] Read the rest of this entry »

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