The Principle of Contravention

This is an excerpt from a lesson in a series, and “drills down” to some of the principles that we must adopt if we are to have the mind of Christ. Specifically, we must factor into our thinking the fact that, without our knowledge, God contravenes or prevents circumstances in our lives that would overwhelm us. My conclusion:  No matter how bad things are, God has trimmed away or precluded everything that would swamp my fragile faith. The text under consideration in this lesson is Psalm 105. Teachers must read the psalm repeatedly during the week before the lesson. You must also be familiar with the life of Joseph as depicted in the book of Genesis. This is a lesson that requires study and leadership. You must feel confident and comfortable with the...

The Developing Dangerous Situation: A Lesson from Dr. Mike Strawn

The Developing Dangerous Situation Recently I received my first copy of a monthly bulletin from the GBS-CIDP organization. It provides support for those who suffer from Guillain Barre Syndrome (in all its variants) and its ongoing sister-disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. The newsletter had several stories of people’s onsets of these ailments. Like Dan when he first began having GBS symptoms, all the people did not understand the gravity of the first tingles in the fingers, the first weaknesses, the first stumbling steps. Only when the situations became debilitating were they able to recognize, and get others to recognize, the gravity of their conditions. Recently our dear family friend and spiritual mentor Mike Strawn shared with me a...

Interview on Moody Radio South Florida, Week of March 12

You may listen to this short interview here.

Reason #197: Count up the Book of Mormon Changes for Yourself

I’ve seen estimates as high as over 5,000, describing the number of changes in the Book of Mormon from its first “inspired wording” to recent editions. But don’t take my word, or anyone else’s for that. Look on this site and compare multiple digital versions for yourself: Facsimilies of Historic Book of Mormon Editions Very interesting! 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 devices. Also available by Latayne C. Scott, Latter-day Cipher: A...

Reason #196: Because It Goes Beyond Tallying Risks

I’ve often heard Christians express frustration with non-believers, offering this argument:  If Christianity is true, you should believe it to benefit from its advantages, not the least of which is eternal life. And if it’s not true and there is no eternal reward, they reason, what does one have to lose by living the Christian life? However, the same argument is used by Mormons — and has been used on me. If Mormonism is true, I (unlike the average “never-Mo” or someone who was never a Mormon) risk eternal damnation by continuing to reject Mormonism. The reasoning is this:  Just return to Mormonism. If it’s not true, what would I lose as compared to such a catastrophic loss? The issue is truth. This business of the gain and...

Reason #194: Because I get to answer snarky letters

Here’s a recent letter to me via this site: Another one bites the dust, ha ha.    Anyhow, I think it\’s sad that you allowed Dan\’s love for you to also infect your faith.  I didn\’t see anything new here or in your books — basically a rehash of the faded blue jean arguments of the Tanners, who, like so many others, have left Mormonism but just can\’t seem to leave it alone.  In all sincerity, I hope you find peace because there doesn\’t seem to be much of it here.  Heck, there\’s more turmoil here than in the spin cycle of my washing machine.   Best regards, Alan My response: Thank you for your interest. I found it remarkable — in every sense of the word — that you referred to what you found...