Blog Highlights

For ten years this blog served as a place to explore thoughts and questions about Evangelical Christianity and Mormonism. Those reading and commenting came from a number of different worldviews but mostly represented different strains of Protestantism and Mormonism (yes there are different strains of Mormonism). For a number of different reasons I stopped writing new posts.

A friend recently told me that he’s started reading the blog and that prompted me to decide to collect some of the highlights into one place. Some of the post are still popular because the other authors and I figured out various ways to title our posts to catch search traffic on various topics. Other times we were looking to inspire a lot of comments and wrote provocative posts. This list isn’t a list of most popular or most commented. It’s what I think should endure. When people continue to pass through they can see what was best here and where they can learn the most.

We Push Them Out . .  Into What? 
One of the first posts that caught the attention of the Bloggernacle.  I had noticed the propensity for ex-Mormons to reject Christianity entirely and wondered if Evangelical polemics against Mormonism had a responsibility.

An Open Letter to Fellow Evangelicals
A core tenet of Mormon theology is that Mormonism can and does change.  Whether Mormons recognize it or not Mormonism is in a transition phase.  It’s important for Evangelicals to understand how and why Mormonism is changing.

The Nature of God Illustrated
A set of illustrations to help explain the nature of deity (What is a god?) described by various worldviews.

Evangelicals, Theosis & Exaltation
Mormons believe that a man can become a god. Orthodox Christians believe that a man can become like God.  Are the two teaching the same thing or is the doctrine of Theosis being blurred to justify the doctrine of Exaltation?

What Evangelicals Now Need to Know About Mormonism
What you’ve been told may not be the most important thing to know when it comes to understanding how Mormons practice their faith.

What Mormons Should Know About Evangelicals
What are the key things Mormons tend to misunderstand about Evangelicals.  Written by an active Mormon.

How to Witness to Mormon Missionaries
They come to your door and ask you to join their religion.  How can you ask them to join your religion?

What Mormons Should Look For in a New Church
An Ex-Mormon discusses his search for a new church in which to practice Christianity after becoming disaffected with Mormonism for intellectual reasons.

Answering Greg Trimble’s 51 Questions
A conservative, Mormon gadfly posted a shotgun lists of questions that Evangelicals can’t adequately answer from Mormons.  I accepted the challenge and gave my best to give him answers.

If my regular readers remember some other posts that should be included in this list please remind me in the comments.

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7 thoughts on “Blog Highlights

  1. Thanks for doing this, Tim. As the activity here was winding down my professional responsibilities changed and I couldn’t participate as much, but I still read every post and most of the comments. I learned a lot here from everyone.

  2. Tim, I have studied The Book of Mormon archaeology in mesoamerica for 20 years and I would love to share a mural with you if I may. I do so to high light something of great interest to many like you who are wondering if we believe if the Mayans were any of the people in the Book of Mormon. Tho we have never been told precisely where the lands of the Nephites are, the geographical text in the B of M and clues the writers leave us all point to the Isthmus of tehuantepec, in southern Mexico as the “narrow neck” of land quoted in several chapters. I have a few pictures of white hebrew “Nephite” men being attacked by a dark skin army and defending small square Temples similar to the Temple of Solomon. The truth is from my own opinion, the Mayan are the direct grandchildren of the Lamanites ( the dark skin group in the text). The white hebrew men were all killed off and I have many pictures from murals in these ruins that painters from 600 AD wanted to record as having been attacked and killed off as the Book claims, The Nephites were completely destroyed.. Many of the Codex have dark skin warriors killing children, men and women, all white. Coincidence or who were these white people? why are they dressed as Jews? The parallelism from the Polpol Vuh to the story of Adam and Eve is 1000s of years before the first Christian spaniards arrived to Mexico. How did these mayans know about the creation? of Satan being thrown out of heaven? of Adam and Eve? there are too many “coincidences that clearly take place 2000 years BEFORE Joseph Smith translated the plates and gave us a book many consider sacred, because it is another witness THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. The fact that Quetzalcoatl ( the white God who descended amongst these mayans, performed miracles etc and as the B of M claims in 3 Nephi 11, that Jesus Christ himself visited the Nephites after is resurrection in Israel. ) we do not ever seek to “bible bash”. NOT EVEN. But in all sincerity, if we now have supporting evidence that is far too many to be random guesses or luck, that we simply invite all Christians seeking Christ, to come look. More light and knowledge of Christ teachings and ministry to more of his Fathers children on this side of the world is logical and shows the love God has for ALL his sons and daughters on the earth, no Matter where they are. “Other Sheep I have which are not of this fold, He claimed in john 15, They too shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold and one shepard. We invite all men to come and see and judge of yourself and witness the awesome power of a loving God who has blessed us with more teachings and writings of Prophets who lived in this continent of the Americas. I am happy to share with anyone and please do not fight and argue abut lets respect everyones views. Thanks!!

  3. When I came out of a rebellious youth period (petty crime, drugs, booze), in my early 20’s I had a genuinely evangelical style conversion experience with Jesus, which led me accept him as my Savior but also led me to return to the Mormon religious tradition of my family. On my mission and after, when I would explain this to Protestants, especially Evangelicals, they would tell me that my conversion experience was of the devil, because of where it led me.

    This blog was one of the first places where I found EVs validating my experience, even if standing firm in their belief that Mormons are still outside of orthodox Christian grace and faith. As I become older and more skeptical of religious traditions generally, I find comfort in my initial and continued feelings of saving grace, offered my Jesus alone. If I leave the LDS church someday (not out of the question), it will not mean abandoning my faith in Christ. The people participating in this blog should know they had a small part to play in that. All the best everyone.

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