Bible

The Philosophy of the 10 Commandments

May 14, 2018
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Stefan Molyneux is someone that I enjoy listening to for his perspectives on various topics. This was an interesting conversation between Stefan and Dr. Duke Pesta where they are discussing the 10 Commandments and I thought that there were some…

Critical Principles for Vetting Revelation and Avoiding Deception

Feb 1, 2017
17 min read

We talk a lot about receiving and following revelation, but I’ve learned in my experience that the process itself is not as simple at it may first seem. There are real dangers involved because not all revelation that crosses our path…

Isaiah and the Remnant

Jan 28, 2017
3 min read

Credit to JR Ganymede for bringing this to my attention (love that blog) and credit to Albert Jay Nock who wrote this essay in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936 (full essay). While the context of the original essay was political,…

Spices, Gnats, and Camels

Jan 24, 2017
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Zeal isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I think it tends to amplify our actions whether they are misguided or on point. Sometimes we can focus too much on the letter that we miss the spirit, or the weightier matters. Those…

We’re Here to Develop Patience

Apr 8, 2015
6 min read

Because of the weakness and imperfections of human nature, and the great frailties of man; for such is the weakness of man, an such his frailties, that he is liable to sin continually, and if God were not long suffering,…

John the Baptist: Locusts and Honey, Chaos and Blessing

Mar 14, 2015
4 min read

A friend of mine was interested in the symbolism of the beehive and bees so I sent him this article. We were talking about John the Baptist and how he ate locusts and honey and what that might have meant. Then…

A Collector of Truth

Jan 30, 2015
2 min read

“…lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not…” – Moroni 7:19 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 The scriptures encourage us to seek after that which is good and there are ways explained…

The Third Member of the Godhead as Described in the Book of Mormon

Dec 31, 2014
8 min read

In the King James Version of the Bible, we find the terms “Holy Ghost” and “Holy Spirit,” while in modern translations we typically see only “Holy Spirit” used. Technically, the modern translations are more correct since the Greek words behind Holy Ghost…

The Bible Dictionary and Hard, Old Gum Under the Table

Apr 1, 2014
4 min read

When I was bored in middle and high school (which was very common) I would often read dictionaries, which sounds boring, but I loved discovering new words and ideas. When I was a teenager, I read and studied the entire Bible…

The Words of Isaiah

Jan 23, 2014
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“…the words of Isaiah are “not plain” to men, but they become plain when understood through the spirit of prophecy – the Holy Spirit” Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interprative Keys from the Book of…

Two Must-have Apps for Gospel Study

Sep 19, 2013
3 min read

Two of my favorite gospel study tools are the Websters 1828 Dictionary and a Strong’s Concordance. Back before I had a smartphone I used to use website versions of these tools that you can still access under the tools menu…

Goliath, Laban and the New World Order

Jul 7, 2013
8 min read

What do Goliath, Laban and global, latter-day secret combinations often referred to as the “New World Order” all have in common? Their stories all end the same way and the scriptures show us exactly how. Goliath The Philistine champion, Goliath of…

The Relationship Between The Ancient Israelite Temple And The Endowment via TempleStudy.com

Apr 8, 2013
2 min read

The following article is from TempleStudy.com Professor William J. Hamblin has offered some good starting points in considering the relationship between the ancient Israelite temple ritual and the modern day LDS temple endowment.  It is from this vantage point that we should…

Acts 10:38

Mar 15, 2013
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“…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38) I love this verse on…

“Putting on the Names”: A Jewish-Christian Legacy

Jan 28, 2013
36 min read

by Truman G. Madsen Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Reprinted by permission from By Study and Also By Faith: Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and FARMS,…

Isaiah Identifies the Latter-day Archtyrant

Jan 18, 2013
7 min read

It always amazes me how we acknowledge the historical certainty of the rise and fall of nations in the past, but we don’t seem to think that the same fate is an eventuality today. Sure, men wanted to take over…

Don’t worry about tomorrow

Nov 12, 2012
4 min read

First off, let’s start with the word “worry”, it actually doesn’t appear anywhere in the King James Bible. In Matthew 6, however we see the phrase “take no thought” which is often translated as “don’t worry” or something along those…

Salvation: Where does one begin?

Aug 19, 2012
25 min read

I have felt lost at various points in my life; for different reasons and in different ways. I would like to focus specifically on the question of “Where does one begin?” in the context of finding the point in which…

Isaiah Explained by Avraham Gileadi

Jul 22, 2012
4 min read

I’ve recently begun a study of the Avraham Gileadi translation of Isaiah. I’ve found his site, Isaiah Explained a surprisingly rich and interesting resource. Not only do you have a parallel translation of Isaiah with the KJV translation to the left, but audio…

The Everlasting and Eternal God

Jul 31, 2011
18 min read

Do we really understand what the scriptures say about the nature of God? Did Joseph Smith’s teachings of God contradict the Book of Mormon, the very book he said he translated by the gift and power of God?