I will say a few words about the word “reign” as Paul uses the term (5:17) and as Jim discusses it, then I will make a few other miscellaneous comments about this week’s reading. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on May 17, 2013
Posted by Robert C. on May 11, 2013
There are 4 ideas in this lesson that I want to comment on. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on May 9, 2013
There’s been a lot of discussion about virtue recently (e.g., here). And for good reason.
If you haven’t been following, here’s the skinny. In a letter to his son (Moroni), Mormon describes horrible acts being committed against the daughters of the Lamanites (Moroni 9:9). Recent events, esp. pertaining to Elizabeth Smart, bring to light the sense in which Mormon’s words are apt to perpetuate wrongheaded attitudes about chastity, rape, and “that which [is] most dear and precious” regarding (young) women.
Because this issue pertains to scripture, and because scripture is the explicit focus of this blog, and because this is such an important and serious issue, I feel compelled to say something. Actually, I want to say two things—the first without elaboration, the second with. (I’ve also included a longish footnote with some of my own thoughts about how we might think about Mormon 9:9 itself.) Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on May 8, 2013
[Thanks to Alan Goff for sending in the post below.]
Jim aptly singles out the two most important issues for discussion from these two verses: (1) what Adam’s fall means and (2) the typological relationship between Adam and Jesus. In the two translations themselves (p. 238) note that the KJV translates the Greek typos as “figure” while in Jim’s alternate translation Jim has “type.” This is handy to have the two versions for comparison Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on April 16, 2013
[Thanks to Alan Goff for the post below. Note: I've updated the intro page for this series with links to all the posts so far. Also, for the record, Alan sent this to me last Friday—tax day yesterday, some webpage editing glitches, and other weekend craziness are my (lame) excuses for not getting this posted sooner....]
I have to admit that doing commentary on a commentary is a strange literary genre that I have never taken up before. It makes me feel rabbinic. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on April 12, 2013
From the life . . . .
Just 2 weeks after Easter, and we have a lesson that starts off with an anecdote about death. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on March 28, 2013
Having covered the first seven verses in about 70 pages, Jim covers the next 7 verses in a mere 20 pages (give or take). This change in speed is a bit jolting, and I think it’s a nice effect: having grown accustomed to a very ponderous and leisurely pace, really savoring the flavors of the first 7 verses, it feels like we’re approach these next 7 verses fast-food style. I’m not sure if Jim planned this effect, but I’m guessing he’ll be pleased with it, especially the way it effects a yearning for slow and careful reading. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on March 20, 2013
[Thanks, David G., for sending in the post below.]
through whom we received the grace of apostleship to bring about, for his name’s sake, trusting obedience among all the Gentiles, among whom you are also called of Jesus Christ) – to all that are in Rome, beloved of God and called as saints: grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Robert C. on March 13, 2013
(See the reading schedule and introductory post here. Note: I’m deviating slightly from the posted schedule since the original schedule overlooked how the discussion of verses 3 and 4 starts on p. 52.)
Posted by Robert C. on March 2, 2013
If your life is like mine, it can be rather discouraging. And, although being Mormon has its benefits, there are times when being Mormon contributes to this discouragement. I struggle to do my hometeaching. I struggle to say my prayers regularly and meaningfully. I struggle to find time to study my scriptures at all, let alone ponder them deeply.
To me, the real message of this lesson is one of encouragement: we are offspring of God, and remembering our divine potential can help us overcome discouragement, or other distractions. Read the rest of this entry »