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Author Archives: Bryan Hodge
Beliefs and Practices 1. God. Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost” (The Articles of Faith 1). The Father and the Son have a body of … Continue reading
Authority 1. The Bible There is a claim to believe the Bible. Joseph Smith declared, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God…” (The Pearl of Great Price, The Articles of Faith, 8). However, their belief is qualified … Continue reading
This is a sub-division of a series on the religions of the world. The sub-title, “Western Religions,” does not mean that these religions are confined to the West. It indicates that they originated in the West. The Church of Jesus … Continue reading
Let me begin by clarifying what is meant by “gender.” Cambridge Dictionary’s first listing says, “the male or female sex, or the state of being male or female” (dictionary.cambridge.org). One certainly can find other definitions. However, this is how I … Continue reading
“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military… originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and … Continue reading
“Then Pharoah called for Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Go sacrifice to your God in the land.’ “And Moses said, “It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD … Continue reading
It is my educated opinion that many Christians have much too narrow of a view of the role of the church. They are comfortable with the church proclaiming the Gospel, what one must do for salvation, how the church is … Continue reading
Yes, we are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). We do not want to be unkind, rude, or unnecessarily offensive. However, neither should we be so subtle that the point is missed. The LORD told Habakkuk, “Write the … Continue reading
This series concerns passages which are commonly misused. Specifically, this series concerns passages misused by brethren (later we will deal with passages misused by others). 6. “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily” (1 Timothy 5:22). This passages is … Continue reading