Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" Prophetic Revelation A prophet is God’s messenger.  He is called by, and speaks for, God. A prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from the Lord.   The Lord operates through His prophets.  That is His M.O. “That’s how He rolls.” “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #3: Prophetic Revelation, Scripture, Prophecy

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" God is a God of Miracles Believers live in a world teeming with wonderous miracles.  Because of their faith they witness the innumerable miracles of nature and creation that surround them.  Because of their faith they receive countless miracles of healing, protection, preservation, and providence.  After all, "God is a God of … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #2: Divine Miracles and Heavenly Blessings

The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.)    I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" The Rise of Atheism Among Latter-day Saints Proselyting atheists have recently become celebrities by attacking religion and the belief in God.  They have appeared on television, radio, social media, and college campuses.  They have written popular articles and best-selling books.   They are articulate and persuasive.  Scores of LDS youths and young adults, … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism Among LDS: #1 Introduction and Overview

God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind

"Sunday Sermon"  Genesis Account: "Where art Thou?" In the Genesis account, after Adam and Eve transgressed by partaking of the forbidden fruit, God asked them the all-important question. “Where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9) In other words, “Where are you?”  God was not asking Adam and Eve where they were located physically.  He already knew that. They … Continue reading God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind

The Age of the Earth – “Science vs Religion”

"Saturday Sermon" - Commentary “The scriptures do not say how old the earth is, and the Church has taken no official stand on this question. Nor does the Church consider it to be an issue for salvation.” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “Age of Earth,”) The belief that the earth is only 6,000 or 13,000 years old … Continue reading The Age of the Earth – “Science vs Religion”

Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories

"Saturday Sermon" and "Doctrinal Commentary" The Genesis Account Genesis in unique among ancient creation stories. The Genesis is poetic and beautiful.  It is sophisticated and inspirational. In Genesis mankind is God’s masterpiece. Men and women are the crown of creation.  Humans are made in the very image of God. The Genesis author’s theme and purpose … Continue reading Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories

“The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African American writer, poet, and civil rights activist. He was a leader of the NAACP, and the first African American professor at New York University where he taught creative literature and writing.  President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as U.S. Consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua. (As with most of my … Continue reading “The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

"Sunday Sermon"             "I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him.             "I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders … Continue reading Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience