The first chapter of Matthew's Sermon on the Mount is one of the most written-about New Testament texts but perhaps also one of the most misunderstood because of its heavy dependence on social constructs that we no longer practice. Here are some thoughts that might make the blessings, teachings, and promises of this chapter more understandable to our day.
Mary brought a problem to Jesus during a wedding. His response and actions are surprising but instructive in many ways.
Last year I wrote two blogs about Christmas stories, one about Luke's narrative and the other about Matthew's account. This year I wanted to add a bit more about one particular well-known section in Luke's gospel, especially chapter 2, verse 7, to answer the question of where Jesus was born.
Studying a modern translation is a great help to understanding the New Testament. This blog is about an excellent new translation and study Bible created just for the Latter-day Saint audience.
I had an email exchange with a friend earlier this year that I thought was very valuable. With his permission, I have included it here. I hope it might be interesting to others. It has to deal with the tests and challenges of life. The most penetrating question came late in an email exchange from … Continue reading 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Suffering
I believe it's time to reverently set the KJV to the side and move on to better things. And fortunately, we are blessed to be able to do just that with a number of important trends.
Genesis chapters 1 and 2 give the story of the creation of the world—except they actually give two accounts. In addition, Latter-day Saints have versions of those same two creation accounts in Moses chapters 2 and 3 and Abraham chapters 4 and 5. Each of them offers a different view of the creation story with unique attributes and information. Are these creation accounts something we should take literally or do we toss them out like myths, as many advocate?