Grace is not something most Mormons understand well. I joined the Church in 1975 at the age of 16, and for every time I heard someone use the word “grace”, I must have heard the word “obedience” or “keep the commandments” one thousand times. “Obedience is the first law of heaven” was a mantra back then. I got to a point in my early Mormon life where I believed that Jesus’ atonement was limited, and we virtually earned our way into heaven.
Yet we cannot save ourselves. Without grace, we cannot earn heaven. Even if we kept all the commandments, we could not resurrect ourselves nor find the path into God’s mansions. Continue reading
I was recently speaking with a friend, who just quit his job at a correctional facility. This is a place where I once worked, but was fired at, due to a new boss that believes in taking no prisoners. Since my firing 6 months ago, this boss has fired, demoted, or driven away many good people. What once was a close-knit family with some struggles, is now a divided work place, where many people tip toe around, fearing for their jobs.
Sadly, this seems to more and more be the norm in our society. There was a time when a person was hired at IBM and stayed forever. Loyalty went both directions, up and down the chain. The boss and the worker would look out for each other.
Today, people are just resources to use up and replace, while work locations are just a temporary place to make money, with no loyalty for one another. Continue reading
If you haven’t read Joe Spencer’s book, “For Zion, a Mormon Theology of Hope” yet, you need to. In the meantime, Adam S Miller is discussing each chapter (one per week) over at Times and Seasons. You can read parts One and Two over there.
One concept currently being discussed is the idea that God has created all things as a gift for us. The sun shines on the good and bad. His gifts are ubiquitous. It is when we sin that we usurp God’s gifts for our own purposes, similar to how Satan wished to be the Savior of mankind for his own glory and purpose. Continue reading
Because of his publicizing his disciplinary hearing and claiming he was excommunicated for his stances on gay marriage and ordaining women, the Church has put out a public statement here. Continue reading
As a Libertarian, I hate faux Republican and Democratic government programs equally.
Given the “war on poverty” has been going for 50 years and we have more poor people than ever, while spending trillions of dollars on it, we can see that it is a failure. Has it helped people to eat? Yes. Has it eliminated poverty? No.
So, what’s the solution? Many would have us double down on the program, spending twice as much. The reality is, the more we do, the more people end up dropping below the poverty line. Continue reading