Raw Beginnings in the Gospel of Mark

The Raw Beginnings in the Gospel of Mark   Though I’ve read through the Gospel of Mark at least 40 times (and in three languages), this time reading the first two chapters struck me in a new way, with its rawness, its almost-violent use of language.   There are no angels singing and people adoring at a nativity. Mark starts out in a wilderness, with a herald living on a siege diet of what’s at hand, not going to the people but straight-talking to them as they come in droves from their comfortable cities to see him.   Don’t get too relaxed, he tells them. Change up your minds (meta—as in metamorphosis –of your thinking processes.) In exchange, you get washed clean of the past – but this is not about the past, but rather the future....

About Those Pink Hats– A Christian Woman’s Reaction

After I saw all those pink hats, and found out what they meant, I did what I never thought I’d do. I decided– and announced publicly– that I was going to start wearing a head covering while praying or speaking publicly at church. From most ancient of times, a headcovering has been highly symbolic. For Christian women, it is a symbol of submission to the ultimate authority of God. For all my years as a Christian I have tried to exemplify by my respect and silence in church worship that I acknowledge that authority and that of my husband and church leaders. However, the symbolism of a woman’s head covering has been perverted by those who wear deliberate rebellion–the sign of ones own genitals on their heads....

A New Year, a New Beginning

  I have a friend who is suffering. Here is the prayer I wrote and prayed for her today: I pray she will awaken and say today, “This sorrow is a little less acute, the spiny edges of it have worn down a bit, and I know a new thing. I can feel something as I see a beauty that God is holding up in His hands as a peace offering to me, a beauty that has been unnoticed, now just at my elbow, waiting for me to turn and to...

The Sodom book: Archaeology or Junk?

Come on, admit it. You’re afraid that a new book on an archaeological discovery that validates the Bible is going to be some kind of pseudo-science junk, right? So read these endorsements (click on the link below):   Discovering the City of Sodom Release

New Comment from a Reader

Recently a reader was unable to post a comment here. I offer it on his behalf, below: Latayne, I really do appreciate the work you do in informing people on Mormonism.  I hope Mitt Romney gives an answer to this letter.  We have quite a choice in presidents this year.  Do we want four more years of a Islamic president who is destroying our country, or do we want someone who gives his allegiance to the Mormon church.  I look forward to hearing more from you in this area.    –Johnny Moore

An Open Letter to Mitt Romney, Respectfully Submitted

Before I print the text of the letter I have written to Mitt Romney, I want to lay out the situation.  The problem is that conservatives want to support a conservative presidential nominee. But they are distrustful of someone who practices a religion which has in the past claimed that all other religions are wrong, and whose faithful adherents make secret vows. So here is my letter: An Open Letter To Mr. Mitt Romney:  The Elephant in the Elephant Room Dear Mr. Romney, First of all, let me congratulate your successes as your party’s nominee for the Presidency of the United States. You may not remember me—but perhaps you will. I was a freshman and wrote for Brigham Young University’s award-winning weekly publication, Monday Magazine, during your senior year...