Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

"Sunday Sermon" One of the greatest challenges in life is to keep things in proper balance.   We must strive to balance “our compassion for others" with “our loyalty to the commandments.”  We must always love the sinner, but we must never advocate sin. We Must Always Love the Sinner As disciples of Christ, we … Continue reading Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

Law of Noah (Telestial), Moses (Terrestrial), and Jesus (Celestial)

"Sunday Sermon" Introduction I attended the National Conference on Jewish Law for several years.  The participants were devout Jewish law professors, rabbis, judges, lawyers, and one non-Jew -- me.  On Saturday, I was taking notes on one of the lectures. The man seated to my right nudged me with his elbow and snapped, “It’s Shabbat.”  … Continue reading Law of Noah (Telestial), Moses (Terrestrial), and Jesus (Celestial)

Lessons from Eden – The 3 C’s and the Law of Consequences

"Sunday Sermon" Universal Pattern: 3 C's: Commandments, Choice, Consequences In the Garden of Eden, God revealed a universal pattern to Adam and Eve.    “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt … Continue reading Lessons from Eden – The 3 C’s and the Law of Consequences

Grace and Works

Christmas Sermon -- Doctrinal Commentary BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalled That before leaving from Louisiana on his mission, he asked his LDS father, "Dad, what does it mean to be saved by grace?" He answered quickly, "We don't believe in that." "We don't?" I said. "Why not?" Without any hesitation he replied, "Because the … Continue reading Grace and Works

Christ’s Greatest Miracle – Silencing the Lawyers (Matthew 22:35-46)

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer asked [Jesus] a question, tempting him, saying Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" (v. 35) Significantly, the question was asked by a lawyer. Lawyers are experts in the law.  They are masters of entrapping people through cross-examination. This lawyer was not asking Jesus a … Continue reading Christ’s Greatest Miracle – Silencing the Lawyers (Matthew 22:35-46)