All this speculation about Michelle Obama's angry expression is ridiculous, because I happen to know – based on my own close and intimate non-friendship with Mrs. Obama, whom I have never met -- exactly what she was thinking.
When someone dies during the Christmas holidays it can feel like a cruel joke. Unlike a blithe Christmas spirit, an Advent spirit does not avoid death and sadness. It embraces death head on.
The LDS Church has anathematized racist justifications that once propped up a ban barring African Americans from priesthood ordination and temple endowments. However, the Church stopped short of a formal apology.
The Twible is $.99 on Kindle today and tomorrow! That’s 95% off the Kindle list price.
A big part of why I love Twitter is the real-time exposure it gives me to interesting people, including writers whose work I have enjoyed. Here are ten Christian writers who have offered me something marvelous or cool or significant or funny in Birdland.
There is a liturgy to grief, an entire calendar of solemn commemorations juxtaposed with joyful memories.
Why is the story of one Mormon bishop disguising himself as a homeless man for an hour or two captivating the public imagination?
We know the primary school version . . . but where did Thanksgiving really come from? And why did it take more than 200 years for it to become a national holiday?
On December 15, Mormon feminists will wear pants and the color purple as signs of their commitment to the full flourishing of LDS women.
The way Pope Francis has re-energized the Roman Catholic Church in just eight months is nothing short of astonishing. What might Mormon leaders learn from this example?
It's easy to lash out in an immature fashion when we feel we've been unfairly judged. I've got three strategies for dealing with this, the last one inspired by President Lincoln.
My college classmate Ji Hyang Padma, now a Zen leader, walks beginners through the first steps of meditation practice in "Living the Season."
While the predatory sexual behavior of this bishop occurred in his home and car, and not in the church building, Mormon cultural practice certainly paved the way for him to have time alone with his victims. Our controversial practice of sending teenagers alone into a room with a bishop for an “interview” that can include questions about sexual behavior gives teens the message that they are not fully in charge of their bodies. Moreover, our religion’s emphasis on obeying those in authority leaves little room to resist when leaders abuse their trust.
Our culture tries to tell us over and over again that having more things will give us more freedom, but the reverse is true.
Guest blogger Stephen Carter says every writer's dream is to find "an unexplored mine of myth and metaphor that you can dig in to forever." His suggestion? Try the Book of Mormon.