The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemies.
As a columnist for Religion News Service, however, I will continue using “Mormon” in headlines, articles, and columns. I will also continue using “LDS” as shorthand after using the church’s full name upon first reference to it as an institution.
“Satan’s cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do God’s will, looks around upon a universe from which every trace of Him has vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” –C.S. Lewis
Overlayed with "Mormon" church template but highlights some great things to think about including power and authority. Metaphorically speaking, having the recipe but not being authorized to turn on the oven and bake it doesn't make for much of a cake in the end. First Pharaoh had the recipe mostly right but needed more. Changed ordinances means oven is busted.
Is Christ simply Jesus’ last name? Or is it a revealing title that deserves our full attention? How is Christ’s function or role different from Jesus’ role? What does Scripture mean when Peter says in his very first address to the crowds after Pentecost that “God has made this Jesus . . . both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36)? Weren’t they always one and the same, starting at Jesus’ birth?
"Christ lives! He is the One who redeemed all of us. He has a rightful claim as the Father of us all. In the resurrection we come forth out of the grave as His children, because He purchased with His blood our continued life. We symbolize that when we are baptized by going under the water and coming up again to be born again a new creature in Christ, as a preliminary, ceremonial, necessary sign that we accept Him. He is real. I bear witness of Him. I have stood in His presence. I have spoken with Him. He speaks in plain humility. I am a very poor student of His, and I don't say that to be humble, I say that to be truthful. I wish I were better, but in His infinite wisdom He chooses what He chooses, He does as He chooses, He does it how He wants. Worthy is the Lamb. He came deliberately to offer Himself up as a lamb without blemish. He had the right to live not die, and therefore He had the right to take His life up again, and it's through that medium that we in turn obtain the right to live again. I bear testimony. I bear witness of Him, and I want to express my gratitude to Him for all that He has and is doing, and for the patience that He has shown with all of us." -Denver Snuffer January 2019