A Mormon in the White House?

There’s a new book out by that title — A Mormon in the White House? I read it and have noted with interest that another couple of fairly new books have the words “Mormon Conspiracy” in the title. Now, I’m not much for conspiracy theories. But I’ve heard people compare Mitt Romney’s presidential run to that of JFK years ago. I remember as a fourth-grader at Bandelier Elementary School in Albuquerque, solemnly telling a group of wide-eyed girls that if Kennedy was elected, we’d all have to become nuns. I don’t want to overstate in such a manner. I believe Romney to have some notable and appropriate personality traits and skills that could make him an effective president. But the comparison of him to Kennedy is...

Great blessings from God

Thanks be to God for His great grace and favor. My book, The Mormon Mirage, first published in 1979 by Zondervan and kept in print by them for almost 20 years, will be re-released in an updated and augmented format later this year, again by Zondervan. I praise them for taking a risk on an unknown writer in 1979, and for their trust in me again. I would appreciate your prayers, as I complete this five-year updating process in the next four weeks. I would also be grateful for prayers on my behalf as I tweak my novel about Mormonism, The Latter-day Cipher. Moody Press will release this DaVinci-code-type suspense novel, written for thinking people who want to understand the emotional issues involved with being in, and leaving, the Mormon Church. I am grateful to...

Pres. Hinckley

From all I’ve read, Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the LDS Church, was a likeable man. I extend my sincere sympathy to his loved ones for their loss. He passed away January 27, 2008. In eternity, I’m pretty sure he’s not a believer in Mormonism any more. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Radio Interview with Carole Whang Schutter

Here is a link to a radio interview on the Iron Sharpens Iron radio program out of Long Island NY, hosted by Chris Arnzen. He and I interviewed Carole Whang Schutter, author of September Dawn. The movie on which the book was based, about the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was released to DVD just this month. I co-hosted the interview. Here is the link: http://mp3.sharpens.org/20070919ISI.mp3

The criminal on the cross

In a flash of insight, I suddenly realized why the criminal on the cross must have exercised unparalleled faith. This man put his faith in a “lost cause” — a shuddering, near-corpse at His own public execution. He recognized that Jesus was innocent, yet he must have also recognized that He had been allowed by God to be killed — just like the wicked ones who deserved death. What a God. What a Savior? Only a handful of women and one lone disciple stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus had no army, no contingent, none of what we might even today call “a following.” What faith it took to look at an abandoned, dying Man and say, “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”