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November 2010 Archives

Advent and Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Week 1

posted by Jana Riess

I recently had the pleasure of editing a devotional of Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s writings for Advent and Christmas. Culling together Bonhoeffer’s Christmas sermons, letters, and other writings for God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas helped me to […]

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The Best Mormon Book of 2010: Grant Hardy’s “Understanding the Book of Mormon”

posted by Jana Riess

It’s Cyber Monday; do you know what you’re getting your favorite geeky Mormon for Christmas? If not, let me make a suggestion: Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon, which came out earlier this year from Oxford University Press. It […]

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And This Little Piggy Stayed in Babylon: This Week in the Twible, 2 Chronicles 34 to Ezra 3

posted by Jana Riess

If you just had the text of Ezra and Nehemiah to go on (and, FYI, they were probably written by the same person and intended as one book–another piece of Twible twivia I’ve amassed in doing this project), you’d think […]

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What’s the One Food You Simply Must Eat at Thanksgiving Dinner?

posted by Jana Riess

And it’s no fair to say “turkey.” I’m talking side dishes, pies, gravies, stuffings, casseroles, the works. Or, if you have nontraditional or international foods at the table, let us know. What are the favorite foods that you look forward […]

The (HIV) Positive Pastor: A Q&A with Memoirist Shane Stanford

posted by Jana Riess

AIDS isn’t much on people’s radars anymore, at least not in the United States. Combination-therapy drugs have made what was once a death sentence–an HIV positive diagnosis–into a manageable, if debilitating, condition. But what’s it like to live with the […]

Mormon Teens, Sexism, and Sex

posted by Jana Riess

If you haven’t read it already, check out Kathryn Soper’s gorgeous post about Mormon girls and sexuality over at Patheos.com. It brought back memories for me of being in the Young Women presidency and trying to walk that line between […]

Is It Just Me, Or Is G Getting Nicer?: This Week in the Twible, 2 Chronicles 27 to 33

posted by Jana Riess

Remember that vengeful and smite-y G from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and just about every other book we’re explored in the Twible so far? I think he’s becoming an old softy. Sure, G still practices tough love, as we’ve seen with […]

Twilight Is Bad News for Girls and Women

posted by Jana Riess

Over at Patheos today, WJK author Elaine Heath has posted a persuasive essay on the troubling messages that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels send to girls and women. Issues Heath raises in her 2011 book The Gospel According to Twilight are: […]

Wake Up, Oklahoma: You Can’t Ban Sharia Law

posted by Jana Riess

Oooooklahoma! Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plains . . . and Muslims need to check their religious beliefs at the state border. This week there is a firestorm of debate over whether Oklahoma voters should have been able […]

The Mormon Temple Ritual You’ve Never Heard Of

posted by Jana Riess

I had been a Latter-day Saint for many years before I first heard about the LDS temple ritual of baptism for healing.  I was fascinated. Kudos to guest blogger Jonathan Stapley and his fellow researcher Kris Wright, who have recovered […]

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: This Week in the Twible, 2 Chronicles 20-26

posted by Jana Riess

In doing research for the Twible I recently came across this chart of the kings and queens of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Is it just me, or is this chart bending over backwards to give these rulers the benefit of […]

The Best New Intro to World Religions: Stephen Prothero’s “God Is Not One”

posted by Jana Riess

Stephen Prothero was everywhere last month as one of the principal talking heads on PBS’s interesting and balanced series God in America.  Hearing his comments and reading his newest book as part of a blogger roundtable for the Patheos book […]

Forgiveness and Faith

posted by Jana Riess

This week on By Common Consent, Samuel Brown has a gorgeous post about the reconciliation he was able to have with his father when his dad lay dying. Having recently experienced something similar with my own dad, this touched me […]

Does Mormonism Have Room for Everyone? Tania Lyon on the “Big Tent”

posted by Jana Riess

When I joined the LDS Church, one of my treasured guides was Tania Rands (now Lyon), who loved me through my many questions. She remains one of my dearest friends. Her guest post today is adapted from a talk she […]

More Cabbages and Kings: This Week in the Twible, 2 Chronicles 13-19

posted by Jana Riess

I admit it. I am weary of the historical books of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. There are only so many ways a king can turn evil, after all. Still, the play-by-play of Chronicles has made me see firsthand the importance […]

Philip Yancey on Publishing, Speaking, and the “Psychosis” of the First Draft (Part Two)

posted by Jana Riess

In October Flunking Sainthood ran the first part of our two-part interview with Christian writer Philip Yancey, whose new book What Good is God? was published yesterday. This week we follow up with some discussion of his writing career in […]

Thank You, Jane Austen’s Editor! Today Is Hug Your Editor Day

posted by Jana Riess

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a fledgling author in possession of raw talent must be in want of an editor. That’s what we now know about Jane Austen, one of the world’s (and my) favorite novelists. Although her […]

“Every Damn Day”: Guest Blogger Elizabeth E. Evans on Finding Hope After Jon Stewart’s Rally

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, I’m in Atlanta for the AAR and so I wasn’t able to attend Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity. (My husband attended and sent me jealousy-inducing text messages from D.C.) In today’s post, guest blogger Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans, who writes […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
"First Mitt won Iowa, then he lost Iowa? That's a classic Romney flip-flop." --Stephen Colbert     Working with the theory that there hasn't been nearly enough attention to Mormonism and politics this year, what with it being in the news every single day and all, Randy Balmer and I

posted 11:09:19am Jan. 23, 2012 | read full post »

Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, but the place where I am going doesn't have email access

posted 8:47:20pm Jan. 14, 2012 | read full post »

Fun with the Book of Lamentations
Actually, no. That title was just a teaser. There really aren't any fun moments in the Book of

posted 11:33:13am Jan. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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