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Fear Not

Over 80 times the phrase “Fear Not” is used in the Bible. And it would not take a big stretch of the imagination to wonder why it figures so prominently. As a rule we humans are afraid.We’re afraid of sickness and death, we’re afraid of how we’re viewed from others, we’re afraid of what our finances […]


“Dear Mister Grinch, You’re a Mean one!”

Dear Mister Cruz, Mister Trump, Mister All Republican Governors (except Governor Herbert of Utah, he’s trying to do the right thing) who don’t want Syrian Refugees in their states, Mister One (so far) Democratic Governor who doesn’t want Syrian Refugees in his state, Mister All (but 2) Republican and 47 Democratic Congressional Representatives who voted […]

Empty Chairs

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Where my friends will meet no more.


Science and God: They are the Same (sort of)

A recent post on the NPR subsidiary blog 13.7 Cosmos & Culture asks a complicated question about how or why one chooses religion over science or views the two as not mutually exclusive. Marcelo Gleiser’s “The Need To Believe: Where Does It Come From?” never really provides an answer, though it offers considerations from both […]

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The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History is an attempt to tell the real story of Thanksgiving in a way that draws on the methods of academic history, rather than the methods of The History Channel. After Christmas, we will see non-stop airings of documentaries about the historical […]


Terror in Paris and Beirut: An ISIS Reading Guide

Who is ISIS and how has the militant group grown to wield so much influence? We’ve rounded up some of the best reporting on the origins of ISIS, their role in the Syrian civil war and ties to terrorist attacks across the world.


The Collision of Charity and Chastity

The LDS Church is taking more criticism than usual this week, over the decision of its leaders to enact a policy prohibiting membership records, baby blessings, baptism, and ordination to the minor children of couples involved in a same-sex household relationship. They have included both married and “cohabitating” arrangements. The dissonance people have expressed, both […]


Some Brief Thoughts on Bacon

As a low-carb dieter, I appreciate bacon. But I do not think it is that great. It is great with other things, whether it is with a BLT or part of a Cobb salad. However, while I like bacon, I have never viewed it in the glorified way that Jim Gaffigan portrays it in this […]


Halloween Essentialism

Halloween is upon us. It is time for ghosts, candy, pumpkin and silly posts like this one.


A Progressive Defense of Tax Exempt Status for Churches

I’m a person on the left and I’m gay and thanks to marriage equality, I’m married too. I’m also clergy. And so my defense should make various sides of these issues unhappy. But since I see so many articles on the left that call for taxing the churches I thought it would be worth clearing […]

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings The University of Utah Fight Song #GoUtes

Thursday night, at the request of ESPN’s College GameDay, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed the University of Utah fight song, Utah Man. On Saturday, #5 Utah plays against #23 California. A Utah man am I. Go Utes!


Guitars. Not Guns. #GuitarsNotGuns

This video is filmed in the West Bank. I found it via Tom Morello’s Twitter feed. It features Tom on guitar. The imagery in the video is powerful. I think this is a theme that we should also adopt in the United States. Check it out:


October Madness: Who Will Be the Next Apostles? #ldsconf

March Madness. The only time of year I really care about college basketball. It’s fun to bandwagon, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!  For you basketball fans, march madness means that ever illusive mistress otherwise known as the bracket challenge.  An interesting phenomenon of bracketology is the influence of the bracket owner’s bias for their favorite teams, […]


A Progressive Defense of Pope Francis

Given the love most progressives have for Pope Francis, it’s odd for me to write a defense of his papacy. Especially as a gay man and as a mainline protestant minister. But there are progressive critics who raise important questions, which are worth addressing. And I’d like to explain, that despite those questions, I remain […]


“I don’t feel like Satan, but I am to them.” #Colbert and #PearlJam Edition


Photo: Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Saving Us from Trump: Scott Walker’s Exit

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker exited the Republican presidential nomination contest after failing to get much traction. I have been waiting to see the field of establishment Republicans thin out. In this case, by establishment I mean candidates who have held elected office. Right now, GOP polls show Donald Trump in the lead with Carly […]

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Biden: Pope Francis is “embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with.”

Pope Francis is “embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with.” @VP Biden in exclusive interview: https://t.co/8C3Mm97ShZ — America Magazine (@americamag) September 21, 2015 The full interview can be found at America: The National Catholic Review. In the clip above, Biden also states that there is “absolutely” a place for those who are […]


If You Watch One Thing on Constitution Day, It Should Be This!

What is Constitution of the United States all about? It is about how to make laws. Really, that is it. It is rules about how laws are made and who has the power to make what laws. Anyone that adds anything to that is selling you something. DO NOT BUY IT. Many of you are […]

A line of Syrian refugees crossing the border of Hungary and Austria on their way to Germany. Hungary, Central Europe, 6 September 2015. (Photo: Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons)

Q&A: Can a Divided Europe Handle the Refugee Crisis

by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Sep. 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m. Laura Boldrini, the president of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, has unusually strong credentials to discuss the immigration crisis gripping Europe. She worked for a quarter century at United Nations humanitarian agencies, serving as spokeswoman in southern Europe for the U.N. High Commission on Refugees. Boldrini, 54, […]

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Pope Francis: Equal Opportunity Disturber

Source: The Associated Press The above video from the AP reminds me something I wrote in May 2014: The critique offered by Pope Francis challenges all of us. To make this a matter of left vs. right misses the point. He is not critiquing the other guy. He is critiquing all of us. If anything, […]


LDS Church Stays with Scouting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints appreciates the positive contributions Scouting has made over the years to thousands of its young men and boys and to thousands of other youth. As […]

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Cornel West Endorses Bernie Sanders

My endorsement of Brother Bernie in the primaries is not an affirmation of the neo-liberal Democratic Party… — Cornel West (@CornelWest) August 25, 2015 My endorsement of Brother Bernie is not a downplaying of the immorality of the ugly Israeli occupation of Palestinians… — Cornel West (@CornelWest) August 25, 2015 I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because […]


Back to School: School Clothes and the Challenges of Poverty

“It is better to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition.” -Joseph Smith, as quoted by Hugh Nibley “The conditions of sharing demanded by the Lord can only be satisfied by complete equality, a point that is ceaselessly repeated…. We cannot be equal, as the Lord commands, and […]


Ted Cruz Happy to See LGBTQ Discrimination

If you call yourself a Christian and you refuse to serve someone you think is a sinner, then you are a liar. Because Christ, the namesake of Christianity, never refused anyone, regardless of the sin, well, except perhaps for hypocrisy.


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