Could a man (or woman) have same-sex attraction and still remain faithfully married, raising a family and be a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or a Christian? The answer is not as simple as a yes or no. However, and regardless of the complexities such an individual would face, … More In their own words: Same-Gender Attraction and the Christian Faith
When we set our foot on the path of righteousness, when we set our eyes on the Savior and redeemer – Jesus the Christ – and when we comply in fulfilling our priesthood duties, we inevitably strive to become a righteous man. Not a man that meets the standards of the world today, but a … More What manner of men ought ye to be?
Today’s lesson comes from an old Melchizedek Priesthood Manual Come to Me Priesthood Personal Study Guide 1983/1987. The purpose of this lesson is to increase your commitment to regularly studying and coming to know the scriptures. This lesson is presented as part of our ongoing understanding, and journey, of what it looks like to live an authentic … More Know the Holy Scriptures
Reader’s Note: The following articles are from a small book “Imitation of Christ.” Published by H. M. Caldwell Company. Written by a monastic monk, Thomas A. Kempis. The copy I possess has no publication date, however, has an introduction by H. C. Beeching, M.A. These articles are presented here as a devotional for continued meditation … More Admonitions, useful for an authentic spiritual life in Christ
Addiction is an appetite of desire. It’s powerful grip holds the individual captive. Our most inner drive moves us to hunger and thirst after alcohol and/or drugs. The greater our hunger and thirst, the deeper we sink into the abyss. In order to recover from this hold our addiction has on us, we must begin … More Hungering and thirsting after sobriety
There is continued outpouring of celebration of Gay marriage and marriage equality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded to the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court. Along with this, there is a link to the Divine institution of marriage. Modern Christian Evangelicals also have responded to the supreme court ruling … More How love did not win in our generation today
The United States Supreme Court has pronounced the constitutional right of all individuals the equal stature of marriage. This decision is flooding social media networks and the blogosphere. On the one hand, it is a time of celebration and liberation. On the other hand, it is causing some consternation among many evangelical Christians. Throughout the … More SCOTUS, Marriage Equality and the Apostle Paul
What does it mean to be religious? What does it mean to be Spiritual? And, can a Christian be both religious and spiritual individually and collectively? Within the modern Christian church, today, there is a statement that floats around regarding religion and Christianity. For the most part, it is as such: Christianity is not a religion, … More Religion, Spirituality and Christianity
Scripture doesn’t skirt tough issues like suffering, struggling to believe in God’s goodness in tough times, and God’s silence. Biblical authors often didn’t find resolutions to their struggles, but lived in tension, destruction, and bereavement. The Psalmists’ doubts, despair, and depression; sorrowful books such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations; Habakkuk’s complaints; John the Baptist’s questions … More Why is God on mute?
Christianity Today has a wonderful cover story for the month of June. PTSD and Moral Injury many of our veteran’s experience. It addresses the need for compassionate services to those members of the Christian community who have served in combat. Reaching out to them and working with them through the hope and reality of … More Addressing Moral Injury and PTSD in the Church
The benevolence of the Gospel has no limits, it is of necessity subject to no exclusiveness. But it has its preferences, and ought to “abound in all wisdom and prudence.” Charity to the soul is the soul of charity. The greatest evil – and the greatest blessing we can bestow upon a fellow-creature is godliness because “godliness is profitable to all things,” saith the apostle, “having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” While the tendency of the gospel is to minister relief to every kind of misery, its chief blessings are “spiritual blessings in heavenly places.” What is the body compared to the soul? What is time compared to eternity? … More Authentic Christian Conversations
Today, frustration availeth much. A simple advice lingered in my head. Something my former spouse and I do when our five year old seems upset, angry, or cranky. “Just breathe and blow out some candles.” Taking in a deep breath and blowing it out is a simple act of bringing her to calm. Closing my … More Just breathe
Normally, a response is necessary in order to provide a more accurate context of understanding. Nothing is more truer to this principle than the ongoing attack against Christianity and the Bible. Specifically when it comes to the nature of Homosexuality. Recently, an Olympic Gold Medalist had a gender reassignment surgery that flooded social media, the … More The Bible, Christian living and Homosexuality
For it must needs be, there is an opposition in all things ~ 2 Nephi 2:11 … it is as necessary that we should have difficulties to contend with, in order to make intelligent provision for our spiritual concerns, as it is that we should have the winter frosts and stormy weather to enable us … More How opposition is beneficial to us as Christians
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So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:7) This week the story grabbing the headlines exposes the past sins that of Josh Duggar, eldest son of…