Why commandments?

I teach the 16-18 year-old Sunday School class in my ward/congregation, and September begins a discussion on the commandments. I gave a lot of thought on what to share this week, and I decided to do a compare/contrast setup with common secular views of commandments with the religious rationale for commandments. Perhaps I was waning... Continue Reading →

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The boogeyman of “Anti-Mormon literature”: A response to Papa Ostler’s interview with Taylor Christensen

I just finished listening to Papa Ostler's interview with a young Mormon, Taylor Christensen. I first found Papa Ostler through his inspiring Facebook posts about being more understanding towards the experiences of LGBT Mormons (for instance, see the article here on KUER). Papa Ostler has since founded an inspiring podcast entitled "Listen, Learn, Love" with... Continue Reading →

James Fowler’s Stages of Faith

In connection with my book review of James Fowler's Stages of Faith, I have included his summaries of each faith stage here. You will find that they are organized into a brief description, an emerging strength, a limitation or danger, and a sign of transition to the next faith stage. Stage 0: Undifferentiated faith. The... Continue Reading →

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