Is the Book of Mormon Racist?

  Early in 2012, during Mormon candidate Mitt Romney’s run for the Republican nomination for president, Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, author of The Universe Bends Toward Justice, published a piece in the Huffington Post on blacks and the Mormon priesthood. The fact that this topic came up during a presidential campaign demonstrates the gravity of

The Pope – A man of God, or just another man?

This week’s historic visit from Pope Francis to the U.S., which included a speech before Congress and a visit to the White House, begs a few questions. Who is the Pope to the American people? To the world? To many, the pope is just another man. What are we to take from this man’s appearance exhorting Americans to

Barriers to the Restoration & Reaching Fellow Bible Believers

It would do well for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to reflect on the media coverage their faith received from the past two election cycles and going forward. In short, the church is dealing with “a barrier to familiarity.”  What exactly were voters, and therefore other Christians unfamiliar with? Some

Pt. 3 – God’s Word and the Unpopular Notion of “One True Church”

A recent Newsmax article highlighted an of era American history that has been the subject of parts one and two, that of the First and Second Great Awakenings. These periods of religious reform heavily influenced the makeup of American life and culture and I don’t know if Christians today, let alone non-believers, appreciate the attitudes and the

Pt. 2 – God’s Word and the Unpopular Notion of “One True Church”

Recall in part one that we looked at the characteristics of Biblical prophets and that God has once again called them in our time. As a young boy, Joseph Smith, the founder and first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was confused by the various dominations of his day, why they differed, and which

Pt. 1 – God’s Word and the Unpopular Notion of “One True Church”

It must be admitted that the least attractive contention in all of human history is one of one group’s claim of superiority over another. Supremacy belongs to God. At various times, God has established the truth through prophets, and prophets and their people existed in communities. Their claim was simple and always the same –

Sensationalism and Realities of Early Latter-day Saint Polygamy

Below is an essay I wrote for a research assignment analyzing primary sources in my first semester of graduate school at Sam Houston State University. I chose personal statements, newspapers, and Latter-day Saint scripture as the basis of my research on the topic of an early controversial practice among the Latter-day Saints. This was also

George Lucas asks, “Why are there so many religions?”

“If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?” -George Lucas In an interview with Charlie Rose (see video below), George Lucas explains what Star Wars “means” and makes an interesting conclusion on religion and humanity. As a child he asked, “Mom, if there is only one God, why are there so

Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Questioned Christianity’s Origins – A comparison of ancient texts

In my Graduate program in History with Sam Houston State University, our professor asked us to compare books of the New Testament with books that are believed to be early Christian accounts of Paul and a young girl named Thecla, a gospel written by Thomas, and an epistle by Barnabas. Following the remarks below, I copied and pasted

Seek Not to Counsel the Lord – A response to social media crusaders seeking change to correct grievances

The Kingdom of God is a fixed entity with eternal principles.  God doesn’t ask you to gather and seek to democratically change or alters His plan – His goal is to remain consistent in order to transform you. It only takes a few minutes scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed to feel overloaded with information filled with emotional

2 Bay City TX Doctors & the Church of Jesus Christ – Inspiration For ‘Day of Defense’

In the Acknowledgments section of ‘Day of Defense’, I mention two family friends:   “To my mentor and family friend, the late Dr. Jim Cowart, MD, for assisting me in the early edits of this book and providing scriptural insight. To another family friend and MD, Dr. Joe Cannon, the stake president from my home

Are Biblical Values Taking a Backseat in America?

In light of a couple of shocking stories dealing with teens and drinking and the recent media frenzy over comments made from ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ patriarch, Phil Robertson, I wanted to give my two cents.   Quoting from, “Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family

Book of Mormon Translation – Seer stone in the hat – An informative read!

Click here to read the full article: “The 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon contains over 580 pages, which were dictated without repetition at a rate of seven to eleven-and-a-half pages per day. This is a significant accomplishment, regardless of the precise method used during the translation. A reasonable conclusion is that by allowing Joseph