Handling poisonous snakes and drinking poison are part of worship in some Christian churches. Are these dangerous religious practices protected by the Constitution? New Testament basis for using snakes and poison Religious snake handling and poison drinking are based on three New Testament passages. Mark 16: 17-18: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: … Continue reading Can the Government Ban Believers From Handling Poisonous Snakes and Drinking Poison During Worship?
I have been a fan of C.S. Lewis since the early 1970’s when I set the goal of reading everything he had written. The following quotes and concepts are the highlights of that project. Clive Sinclair Lewis (1898-1963) One of the greatest Christian apologists/defendersBorn in Ireland“Culture shocked” upon moving to the “hated” EnglandWounded in … Continue reading C.S. Lewis – Favorite Quotes and Concepts
This year's scripture focus is the Doctrine and Covenants. "The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last day." (Introduction) Like the Book of Mormon and Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants "abounds in the … Continue reading “Grace” in the Doctrine and Covenants
"We Don't Believe in Grace" Prominent BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalls: "I was reared in a Latter-day Saint home in Louisiana, where most of my boyhood friends were Protestant. Just before leaving on my mission, I asked my father -- a lifelong Southerner and member of the Church -- a few doctrinal questions. One … Continue reading “Grace” in the Book of Mormon
Great Quotes Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Christian pastor and civil rights leader. He was a inspiring speaker. Dr. King followed the path of Mahatma Gandhi. King consistently preached peace and non-violent civil disobedience. The authorities responded to his peaceful protests with water cannons, tear gas, attack dogs, beatings, and arrests. … Continue reading Martin Luther King: Only light can drive out darkness, only love can drive out hate
Most California judges are appointed by the governor. Since I didn’t have the political "juice" for an appointment, I ran an election for an open seat. Thankfully, this was my first and only contested election. Judges come up for re-election every six years. In thirty years, no one ever challenged me. Thanks goodness! (Unfortunately, I … Continue reading My Judicial Campaign and the Quirky Voters