The Book of Isaiah opens by properly sharing its theme, but I don’t know in what tone it was meant to be delivered. It starts out clearly enough, “The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw…,” but should we read what follows as a rebuke or a beckon?
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Posted by kirkcaudle on September 13, 2014
The 2015 Annual Meeting of The Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion will be held at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, March 27-29, 2015.
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
General Guidelines for Submitting Proposals – (click on the title to open)
SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM UNIT CHAIR/CO-CHAIRS USING THE “Individual Proposal Participant Form for Submissions 2015” (click on the title to open)
SPECIAL TOPICS: MORMON STUDIES Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on August 26, 2014
We just discussed the Book of Job in Sunday School. Two ironies* struck me:
Posted by BrianJ on August 12, 2014
The story of the Jaredites contains a brief account of the Lord “chasten[ing the brother of Jared] because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord” (Ether 2:14). Unfortunately, the text gives no reason for why the brother of Jared faltered, yet still uses this moment as a turning point in the story.
Why did the brother of Jared stop praying*?
Posted by BrianJ on August 11, 2014
1 Kings 18 tells the famous story of Elijah calling down fire from heaven to consume the prophets of Baal: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on July 17, 2014
Ben Spackman has been posting the best Sunday school lessons on the internet today. However, life demands have made it impossible for him to continue posting unless we collectively step up and fill the collection plate. I urge you to search your soul and see what you can contribute.
It’s no surprise that Ben’s posts are fantastic. He has several years of high quality graduate school training, an obvious passion for reading and writing about scripture, and raw talent to boot. If his posts weren’t so good, I’d feel much more guilty that we have ceased publishing our own Sunday school lesson notes here at the Feast blog on a regular basis. But Ben’s posts are so good that I think it is perhaps better, ultimately, that we don’t (though, if you’d like to help us out in writing Sunday school posts, or other posts here, please contact me by email: rcouchZZZ@gmail.com, without the ZZZ).
Now, there is a long—and, ironically, scriptural—tradition, especially within Mormonism, to be skeptical of those mingling money and God’s word together. As Mormons, we don’t have a paid clergy (although I do think General Authorities get paid, so it’s not like this is an obvious, hard-and-fast rule). The Mormon definition of priestcraft, after all, includes receiving money for preaching (blogging, in modern terms?) God’s word. Plus, in the modern era of (mostly) free information, with newspapers shutting down left and right, shouldn’t we expect all bloggers to do their writing for free?
These are intriguing and complex questions. And I don’t have time to delve into them, even though I have a lot of thoughts about them. Suffice it to say that I think concerns like this are ill-founded. Research and writing take time, and time is money. And everyone’s circumstances are different. Many non-profit organizations in this day and age rely on benefactors. Ben’s post, which I linked to above, mentions public radio in passing. This is a great example—but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Many of the best and most important parts of modern society depend on some form of philanthropic financing. And we should rejoice in the fact that modern technology has effectively lowered the costs of financing well-deserving undertakings like Ben’s. And, although finance isn’t exactly brain surgery, I do have a PhD in finance—so I’ll happy to blithely dismiss any objections or counter views in the comments below by repeating this fact. :-)
Posted by jennywebb on July 14, 2014
This lesson is available here on lds.org.
The following is not a lesson plan, but rather a series of questions and thoughts intended to aid in the study of the lesson material.
1. The mission of the Holy Ghost is to bear witness of the Father and the Son and of all truth
His mission is to bear witness of the Father and the Son and of all truth.
• The phrasing here indicates a two-part mission: to bear witness of the Father and the Son, and to bear witness of all truth. Is there truth outside the Father and the Son? Does the mission of the Holy Ghost center around witnessing, or around truth? (Or both?) Perhaps the Holy Ghost witnesses truth in all its forms, wherever it is found.
Posted by cherylem on June 10, 2014
Review: The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women
By Paula Kelly Harline
Oxford University Press June 2014
Review by Cheryl McGuire
This review is of a pre-publication copy, without page numbers or numbered footnotes. Therefore quotes from the book do not list page numbers.
In many ways the church Joseph Smith began with a visionary experience in the early 19th century was both a product of its time and something Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on June 4, 2014
“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”
Jesus saith unto him, “I say not unto thee, ‘Until seven times': but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
That’s how many times Peter will forgive you—but what about God?