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The Pain of Facebook Unfriending

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.

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Why Don't Mormons Recite the Lord's Prayer?

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.”

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LDS Church Responds to "Ordain Women" Movement

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.

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Mormon Grace Revisited

"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."

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"Ezekiel Bread" . . . Seriously?

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.