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Jesus Wept. But Why?

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John 11:35 of the New Testament is one of the shortest verses of scripture: “Jesus wept.”  The scene was one where his dear friend, Lazarus, had died. Two days earlier, word had come to him from the town of Bethany where Lazarus and his sisters--Mary and Martha-lived, that Lazarus was on the verge of death, but for much of that time, Jesus pretended to no urgency to go to minister to Lazarus.


How Nephi's Hatred of His Brothers May Have Affected Entire Nations

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We usually think that because Nephi in the Book of Mormon was the gallant Nephi that he never did anything wrong.  For example, we take at face value that his claim of having been inspired by the Lord to take the life of Laban, when in reality his passion may simply have overcome him.

The Other Side of the Story: The Disenfranchisement of Muslims in the West

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A lot of what you hear from Islamophobes in the United States and the West.  They give only one side of the story, and it's not usually very accurate.  In this article, I will explain, based on a video interview of Sheihk Hamzi Yusuf by Chris Hedges, some of the fundamental ideas that many Americans don't understand about the world as it relates to Islam.

PBS Frontline: Terror in Europe

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In this article are the important points that I gathered from watching "PBS Frontline: Terror in Europe".
"As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium."

Mormon, Moroni, Human Sacrifice, and Infant Baptism

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Because infant baptism was a topic of discussion in the prophet Joseph Smith's day, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book of Mormon claim that revivalist America is where Smith got the idea to discuss infant baptism in the Book of Mormon.  I think that's a short-sighted claim, and in this article I explain how opposition to infant baptism likely came from the prophet Mormon, and why it could just as easily have been a topic of discussion in late Nephite society.

World Peace Depends Upon the Book of Mormon

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"For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire." 
 Sounds about like right where we are in the world today, doesn't it? Refugee crises abound, due to the confused noise of despotic governments and the lust for power among terrorist groups.  As a result, refugees are spilling into Europe, causing anger there as it seems there are too many new-comers to assimilate.  The Zika virus, once a fairy tale that only affected other people, has now arrived in America.  Economies are either near or in tailspins all across the globe.  Angry Brits recently decided they weren't getting what they wanted out of the European Union, so they voted to leave, and that made other Brits angry.  In America, angry Donald Trump supporters vowed that they would not accept the election results until-shockingly and suddenly--they had won, which in turn caused angry Hillary Clinton supporters to take to the st…

"The Sins of Scripture": Reducing Violence in the Name of Religion

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In his book The Sins of Scripture, John Shelby Spong points out that Christianityhas interpreted the Bible in ways that have allowed Christians to do much violence--to women, to children, to gays, and to nations and peoples in general.  In this article, I will talk about two lost doctrines that have actually resulted in what are misinterpretations of scripture in the name of violence.