Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: you may want to skim and download for future reference) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The Book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of turning … Continue reading Adversity & Trials: Sources & Causes Pt 2 (Book of Job)

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

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)

Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

"Sunday Easter Sermon" The Cross is the universal symbol of Christianity The Cross has been, and continues to be, the universal symbol of Christianity. Yet, there are no crosses on LDS churches, and Latter-day Saints rarely wear crucifixes. We Latter-day Saints are often "reactionary."  We vigorously emphasize the differences between the restored gospel and traditional Christianity. … Continue reading Is It Time to “Resurrect” the Cross as a Symbol of Our Christianity?

The Number “8” in Scriptures Means “New Beginnings”

One of the challenges of studying the scriptures, especially the Old Testament, is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. One key to spotting these figurative numbers is their repetition.  Their too frequent use goes beyond mere coincidence. The Number “8” is … Continue reading The Number “8” in Scriptures Means “New Beginnings”

Tips for Talks and Lessons #4: Share Stories

Everybody loves stories. The best teachers and speakers are also storytellers. In winter, when the Vikings, Eskimos, and Native Americans, were hunkered down and isolated, the most popular person in the village was the story teller. Stories have always been a great source of entertainment and learning. Stories, both fiction and non-fiction, are a powerful … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #4: Share Stories

Is the Number “40” in the Bible Literal or Figurative?

One of the challenges of studying the Old Testament is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were not meant to be taken literally.  They were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. I discovered … Continue reading Is the Number “40” in the Bible Literal or Figurative?

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

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

20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Sunday Sermon"  The Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is a list of just 20 of the church’s distinctive beliefs: 1. Living Prophets and Modern Revelation   “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet … Continue reading 20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints