July 23, 2016

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202.2: Experiment upon the Word (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28, Complete)

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“The Word Is in Christ unto Salvation”   How many superstars of theology can we fit into a few chapters? Truth. Prayer. Atonement. These chapters contain some of the most memorable lessons and gems in the Book of Mormon. The “experiment upon the word” in Alma 32, Amulek’s powerful sermon on the Atonement and role […]

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July 23, 2016

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202.1: Experiment upon the Word (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28, Core)

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“The Word Is in Christ unto Salvation”   This reading proves not only interesting for discussion, but can be life changing. This core episode discusses the power and importance of experimenting on the word, the distinction between belief, knowledge, and faith, and how we can experience heaven on earth.   Class member reading: Alma 32-35 […]

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July 7, 2016

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201.2: Conversations about God (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27, Complete)

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“All Things Denote There Is a God”   I jokingly call this lesson “Apostates week”. The key exchanges this lesson are Alma vs. Korihor and then Alma and his companions vs. the Zoramites. We are going to push a bit in approach with this lesson, use these scriptures to challenge us a touch. Kind of […]

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July 7, 2016

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201.1: Conversations about God (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27, Core)

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“All Things Denote There Is a God”   One of the problems with our beliefs is that they are obvious–to us. The familiar is so self-evident that often we can’t even imagine how anyone could believe anything different. Further, even if “all things denote there is a God”, we as humans are not equipped to […]

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July 6, 2016

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200.2: Burying Our Weapons of War (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, Complete)

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“Converted unto the Lord” Here is the full episode on Lesson 26. These chapters tell of conversions through miraculous and even troubling means, inspiring devotion to principle, and overwhelming joy. We also have angel-wannabe Alma teaching us a powerful truth about God calling prophets among all people. Debbie, Whitney, Adam and Jason join the class. […]

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July 5, 2016

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200.1: Burying Our Weapons of War (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, Core)

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“Converted unto the Lord”   These chapters tell of conversions through miraculous and even troubling means, inspiring devotion to principle, and overwhelming joy. We also have angel-wannabe Alma teaching us a powerful truth about God calling prophets among all people.   Class Member Reading: Alma 23-29   Recurring Donation: $5   $10   $25   $50 One Time […]

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July 1, 2016

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199:2: Mission of the Sons of Mosiah (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, Complete) 

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“They Taught with Power and Authority of God”   These chapters begin the story of the missionary efforts of the sons of Mosiah. Ammon and Lamoni take center stage, but the Lamanite woman Abish and her queen play key roles and Mormon emphasizes the contrasts between missionary and conversion experiences by paralleling the stories Ammon and Lamoni, […]

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July 1, 2016

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199.1: Mission of the Sons of Mosiah (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, Core)

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“They Taught with Power and Authority of God”   The sons of Mosiah are not the only powerful characters in these chapters–or even the main characters. We learn much from Lamanite kings, queens, and servants. This new core episode returns to Alma 17-22 and focuses on vulnerability and authenticity, meeting and serving people where they […]

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June 28, 2016

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198: Studying the Scriptures (Bonus Episode)

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Challenge and Be Challenged by the Scriptures   In this bonus episode, I describe my process of preparing for the podcast and reading the scriptures, as well as make recommendations for scripture reading in general. I discuss literary, personal, intertextual, and historical approaches, and send scripture reading down the rabbit hole. The takeaway is that we […]

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June 26, 2016

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197: Theodicy of the Unbearable (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24)

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“Give Us Strength According to Our Faith … in Christ”   This lesson confronts us with hard, perhaps impossible questions. We read about a God who intervenes sometimes, but not others. Alma and Amulek are saved, but only after an extended time in prison. And the worst atrocity is not prevented at all–the murder of […]

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