Considering that Facebook offers so many options (friend or acquaintance? Some or all updates?), the stark alternative -- "I don't want this person's voice in my life anymore at all" -- can be hurtful.
Mormon Studies books tend to perform as well as, or often better than, other academic books. How dramatic is that difference, and what accounts for it?
Perhaps it is true that Mormons unconsciously use the words of the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for prayer, but somehow I don’t think so, especially because most Mormons are never taught it. In fact, the manual for the Gospel Principles class, which teaches new members the foundations of a Mormon spiritual life, not only omits mention of the Lord’s Prayer in its lesson on prayer, but goes out of its way to caution against repeating “meaningless words and phrases.”
I was delighted to interview Philip Gulley about his latest book, "Living the Quaker Way." It’s about slowing down, finding simplicity . . . all the things I need to do.
"Think before you pink!" we're told before we hit the mall. It's good advice about how to "shop for the cure." Even better advice may be not to shop at all.
Some readers know that there is a history of mental illness in my family, as I’ve written about before. This includes but is not limited to my father, who died ...
In today's General Conference, LDS apostle Dieter Uchtdorf addressed the question of "If the gospel is so wonderful, why would anyone leave?" His compassionate approach was a breath of fresh air.
Has it come to this, politicians grandstanding for the camera instead of working with one another to solve our nation's problems?
If you know someone in an interfaith marriage -- or if you simply enjoy an unlikely love story -- I have a book to recommend: Dana Trent's memoir Saffron Cross: ...
Announcing not just one but two winners of the Twible logo design contest! Take a peek at the final logo and see what you think.
The cartoonist and I have been working on the final revisions to The Twible, which will be out in November. Because I am drowning in said revisions I am posting ...
Twenty years ago yesterday, I went down into the waters of baptism. I did so with some important questions still unanswered, including why women were not permitted to make (or even be consulted about) significant administrative decisions or to exercise ecclesiastical authority in my chosen faith. Those restrictions did not deter me from going where God had called me to go, but they caused me to pray long and hard about my baptism beforehand.
"Insofar as wholeness can be ours at all, is it ours by working for it or is it ours by grace?" Buechner asks. "The answer, Dostoevsky suggests, is that it is both."
In the context of the whole Book of Ezekiel, the recipe is not put forward as a delightful whole-grain alternative to processed foods, but as a sign of God’s coming punishment of the people.
Although Lynn Wilder’s "Unveiling Grace" follows the same basic trajectory of other memoirs in its genre, I found it a cut above, and I hope active Mormons will give the book a fair hearing.