Browsing All posts tagged under »faith«

Digging Deep Wells

September 16, 2012

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I sat in the evening session of Stake Conference last night as scrambled as a Kal-toh game. Organize kids to help, pick tomatoes, wash and boil and icewater and skin them (the tomatoes), cut and squeeze and blend and boil them, add spices, chop onions and peppers and add them, turn down to simmer, hurry […]

Which Side of the Lines? Wheat or Tares? Choose.

September 7, 2012

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For more than a month I’ve felt driven in family times each evening to talk to my teens (I have five still at home) about asking more of themselves. We can get up each day, brush our teeth, put on clothes, go do our thing, come home and relax, go do fun stuff, and go […]

The Monster in My Window

September 4, 2012

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I used to be afraid of the dark. I grew up on a lonely farm in the Ozarks, nestled in the woods at the top of a hill. We couldn’t see any neighbors, nor were any within walking distance. When we settled in for the night, it was just us and the night. The living […]

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

August 24, 2012

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I’ve been mulling for months what constitutes faithful questioning, unable to pin down what separates a search from a savaging of sacred things. For the most part, it seems a personal matter, floating along a spectrum of individual taste and preference, but there has been something elusive, teasing that there is some standard of differentiation. […]

Priesthood Power in the Church

August 15, 2012

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Two young men are camped out in my family room, staying with us during a week-long visit from my prairie homeland while they attend education week at BYU. Tonight one of them asked if he could ask me a question. I was delighted and encouraged him to do so. “In my family, my father asks […]

The Parable of the Piano Lesson

August 6, 2012

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I’m not creating new epiphanies today, but merely sharing someone else’s. In this case, the eloquent one is Brad Wilcox, who is speaking at a BYU Devotional. He tackles the much-misunderstood topic of grace. You’ll probably enjoy listening to him, because he is more eloquent than I, so I’ve embedded the video below, but I’ll […]

Claiming an Inheritance

July 5, 2012

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Jonathan Stapley has written an interest-piquing review of a forthcoming book, The Beginning of Better Days with essays by Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce, that has me thinking again about the democratic resurgence of personal revelation in the church. The book, which has been provided to a number of other writers (sadly, not me) who […]