Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

"Sunday Sermon" Testimony Meetings Today is "Fast and Testimony" Sunday. The LDS Church devotes the first Sunday of the month to fasting for two meals and donating generously to the poor and humanitarian causes. This Sunday is the “Testimony Meeting,” when members share their personal witness of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. "In a … Continue reading Testimony Meetings and “Open Mic Sundays”

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" For atheists, everything is physical. Nothing else exists beyond the physical universe. This materialist belief places on atheists the burden of explaining non-physical reality, like, the existence of: love, self-awareness, empathy, compassion, sacrifice, free will, morality, good and evil. How can physical matter create consciousness and self-awareness?  How can the random accidental … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

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

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

Valentine’s Day Story – “A Cure for Criticism in Marriage”

I heard a touching story about a cure for criticism, especially in marriage.  This version was written by my friend Andrew Kay. Marriage is not easy!  Coming to a marriage with the wrong expectations only makes it harder.  There is a saying that has the sting of truth in it.  It says, “Men marry a … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Story – “A Cure for Criticism in Marriage”

“He Chose Alcohol Over Love, Booze Over His Beloved”

"Court Case Friday" A girlfriend and boyfriend loved each other and lived together for years. They were both heavy drinkers. One night, in a nearby county, they both got drunk and ended up in a fight.  A witness called the police.  Since the boyfriend “won” the fight, the police deemed him to be the “primary … Continue reading “He Chose Alcohol Over Love, Booze Over His Beloved”

Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

(I have performed countless civil wedding in my judicial capacity. Here is my wedding talk.) Ten Laws of Matrimony Over the years, I have become convinced that to have a strong and happy marriage, we must abide by the laws of matrimony.  Let me briefly share with you ten of those laws. First, a strong … Continue reading Ten Laws of Matrimony: In Honor of Valentine’s Day

C.S. Lewis – Favorite Quotes and Concepts

            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

Martin Luther King: Only light can drive out darkness, only love can drive out hate

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

More Embarrassing Wedding Glitches

The Drunk Groom  I performed a wedding on the grounds of a beautiful restaurant overlooking scenic Dana Point Harbor in Orange County, California. The restaurant is built on the side of a cliff and it is very difficult to find.  Everyone was set, except for the bride. A limo was bringing her. We waited and waited. No bride.  … Continue reading More Embarrassing Wedding Glitches