I was in the spiritual doldrums. I felt distant from Deity. So, I knelt in prayer. I wanted to know that Heavenly Father was actually listening to me. I wanted to know that I was “getting through.” After praying fervently at length, the Spirit revealed that I had gotten through. Father was, in fact, listening … Continue reading My Weirdest Prayer
I have handled a few serious cases where the investigators were convinced that they were aided by Divine Providence. The detectives declared: “God wanted him caught.” The Dangerous Stalker I presided over the first case under California’s new felony stalking law. The defendant was obsessed with the female victim. The victim’s life became a nightmare. … Continue reading “God Wanted Him Caught”–Case of the Dangerous Stalker
In our prayers, we often ask God to: “Make it rain.” “Stop the rain.” “Stop the draught.”“Stop the flood.” “Heal the sick.”“Bless the refreshments.” “Bless the sick and afflicted.”And on and on .... Sometimes we treat God like our butler, errand boy, or cosmic concierge. We constantly ask Him for "favors" and "blessings." We often ask Him to … Continue reading God is Not Our Butler!
Atheism and secularism threatens Latter-day Saints Robert D. Hales observed, “We live when the darkness of secularism is deepening around us. Belief in God is widely questioned, and even attacked in the name of political, social and even religious causes.” (“Seeking to Know God,” Ensign, Nov. 2009) LDS Professor Hyrum Lewis declared: “Atheism has been … Continue reading “There is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days”
"God told me to do it" In some cases of religious civil disobedience or religious illegal activity the perpetrators claim they should not be held accountable because they were acting on behalf of God. "The devil made me do it" Sometimes, perpetrators of illegal conduct claim they should not be held liable because they … Continue reading Suing Satan and “The Devil Made Me Do It” Defense
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
When criminal defendants appear in my court by themselves, I ask, “Do you have an attorney?” Most defendants request a continuance, so they can hire a lawyer, or they ask me to appoint the public defender to represent them. Occasionally, I get a defendant who stands erect and proudly proclaims, “God is my lawyer!” or … Continue reading “Jesus is My Lawyer”
Albert Einstein observed: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is a though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." People of faith live in a world filled with wondrous miracles. Sadly, agnostics and atheists, live in a dreary world devoid of miracles. There are an infinite … Continue reading Heavenly Father and Jesus are Gods of Miracles