One of the reasons people reject religion is that it requires things of its adherents. Some of those requirements appear strenuous, especially when compared to contemporary popular cultures. They even seem strange, and to those immersed within those popular cultures, wrong and harmful. How you see the requirements of religious adherence depends on your worldview. … Continue reading Why does God make demands of us?
I read this very good article today, and want to share it, since it’s better than a blog post I could write. Many things are! The subject of the article is so important right now, as the ‘expressive individualist’ worldview is ascendant in power, and threatens to smother everything else. Here is the link: Continue reading Worldviews and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
One of my favourite episodes in the New Testament is when Peter and John come upon a lame beggar who’s been sitting at the gate of the temple (called Beautiful – such a name!) daily for many years, begging from those who entered. The lame beggar was over 40 years old and had spent his … Continue reading Waiting on the Lord
When I was 22, I left home to serve a full-time mission in French Polynesia. I went first to the Missionary Training Centre in Utah, USA, where I improved my French skills and learnt the basics of Tahitian, and how to teach the Gospel in both of those languages. Serving a mission was the hardest … Continue reading More than you know is possible
“Don’t judge”. It’s something you hear all the time. At best, it’s misleadingly un-specific. We must judge – we’re called to judge (John 7:24, Alma 41:14, Moroni 7:15-16). One of the most important things we must learn to do in this life is to judge correctly between good and evil. The scriptures which say not … Continue reading Judging: it’s essential, not forbidden