I’m teaching the lesson on D&C 42 in Sunday School in a couple weeks, so I thought I’d work through some thoughts out loud here. Hopefully they’ll be of some interest to others. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on April 16, 2013
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 joespencer on April 9, 2013
My comments so far in the course of this reading project have aimed at isolating passages in which Jim’s overarching intentions with the letter to the Romans are embodied. In a certain way, this is to cut against the grain of Jim’s text: although he does, I think, have certain overarching intentions, his approach to the text is purposefully in excess of any overarching intention—too comprehensive to be limited to a theme, too willing to go wherever Paul wanders to dwell for long on central themes, too methodologically focused to worry about outlining an argument. Perhaps I’ve been willing—and will continue to be willing—to work against some of Jim’s purposes because I was converted long, long ago to the approach he’s modeling in the book; hoping to learn more from Jim, I consequently find myself focusing on the subtly emergent theme that gives the whole book its title. Whatever my motivations, I’ll continue in that mold in my discussion here of Jim’s analysis of Romans 1:18-23. How do these pages contribute to Jim’s investigation of the life of holiness? 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 kirkcaudle on March 4, 2013
I will provide some thoughts on this lesson section by section this month. The link to the full lesson can be found here.
“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Karen on March 2, 2013
(By the way, I added the example of Moroni from Ether 12 near the end of the post on March 3.)
I was looking at the outline on Grace in the New Youth Curriculum for YW (https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/yw/atonement/grace?lang=eng) and found this little analogy (which I’m calling the “Person in the Pit”):
Draw on the board a simple diagram of a person at the bottom of a pit, with another person standing at the top of the pit, lowering a ladder. Ask the young women what is required in order for the person in the pit to be saved. What is the role of the person at the top of the pit? What is the role of the person in the pit? What does this diagram teach the young women about how the Savior’s grace saves us?
I thought it would be interesting to answer this question by posing another question: What would be the interpretation if King Benjamin were telling this same story? Read the rest of this entry »