Why is God on mute?

Scripture doesn't skirt tough issues like suffering, struggling to believe in God's goodness in tough times, and God's silence. Biblical authors often didn't find resolutions to their struggles, but lived in tension, destruction, and bereavement. The Psalmists' doubts, despair, and depression; sorrowful books such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations; Habakkuk's complaints; John the Baptist's questions [...]

How ‘Moral Agency’ is part of the vast right wing conspiracy

This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labour. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? [...]

Op-Ed | 9th Circuit Appeals Court denies reinstatement of praying coach

Seattle Times reporter, Mike Carter, published an article regarding the decision by the 9th Circuit Appeals court. According to the article, the decision to reinstate Bremerton assistant football court Joseph Kennedy was denied. The decision was published in a 62-page opinion on the court case. Carter's article appears to provide a brief summary on the [...]

“It made theology relevant to my own lived experience again”—Michelle Lee on the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar

When we think about our testimony, what is it based upon? How is it not only relevant to us, but more relevant in how it inspires others? A testimony is not a set of ritual and rote phrases repeated on a consistent basis. A personal and true testimony is one that brings us into a [...]

Facing your Goliath on the battlefield

"...for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands." (See, 1 Samuel 17:45-47 in context). NOTE TO READERS: This article is an adaptation from a previous article I had published at another blog, and a teaching given by Mormon President Thomas S. Monson. The relevance shares insights in furthering our [...]

Waking up to secret combinations: An LDS Perspective on conspiracy

The following is from the Mormon Chronicle regarding conspiracy and secret combinations. Originally published by Darren Andrews on May 8, 2011, this article appears relevant 6 years later. Especially in light of what is happening in our society today. Most of us seem content to accept the world largely in the way it is presented [...]

Premise Three: Having a vision to move forward

In the last three articles, we explored the following: Human authenticity and conscious living; Premise One: Authenticity is essential to the human experience; And, Premise Two: Emotional intelligence and our human experience. In this third installment, the discussion focuses on having a vision in order to move forward. Vision gives us a sense of direction. [...]

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in American Society is imperative

What we do know is this: Substance use disorder creates a stronghold that prevents individuals from living productive and healthy lives. For this reason, "Substance misuse is a major public health challenge and priority for our nation" (Sylvia Matthews Burwell - Secretary US Department of Health and Human Services). Since this has become a major public health challenge, there is overwhelming evidence that supports policies and programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and sustained recovery (Burwell). What is leading this evidence is our advanced "...understanding of substance use..." as a "...chronic neurological disorder" (Burwell). A focused goal comes out of the report as the aligning of mainstream health care and substance use disorder treatment in order to address the overall health and wellness of an individual. 

Creation, the fall, and evolution

Note to readers: This originally was posted over at a Newsvine column a few years back. It was a response to a comment posted on one of my earlier blogs. The article is being posted here due to its relevance in the ongoing discussion of Creation, the fall of mankind, and evolution. The original article [...]

The Christian Ethical dilemma and obligation in how to alleviate American Poverty

In the previous essay, Christianity and the presenting problem of poverty in America today, we explored the question as to who is considered poor and impoverish; as well as, what lead to their state of poverty.  The summation of this essay provides insight in two things: Poverty is defined by an individual (or family) lacking [...]