According to Huntsman, the gospel of John was designed to read yourself into the text. The Samaritan woman at the well, Nicodemus coming to the Lord in the night, Thomas's doubts-- all were meant to highlight the different routes we take coming to Christ.
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 →
I came across this title in my Goodreads feed, and the title seemed very compelling to me: The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. The first half of the title reflects a common approach or expectation of the Bible among Christians, and one I am also familiar... Continue Reading →
Paul's epistle to the Romans is yet another text that I found very opaque in my initial readings of the New Testament when I began to study in my teens. First off, much of it seemed irrelevant to a modern reader, dealing with the law of circumcision and the like. To the uninformed reader, this... Continue Reading →
I love to read a wide variety of books, but I was debating whether to include them up on the blog here. I thought that I would try it and see how it goes from here. I know a ton of people don't read my book reviews wherever I post them, and the blog doesn't... Continue Reading →
I take an Institute class at the university every semester. Yes, it’s about the free parking, but once I get to class, I feel so grateful that I am there. During the semester, school begins to take every inch of space in your brain, if you let it. And Institute gives me a chance to... Continue Reading →