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A New Decade

August 29, 2009 by


2:15 on a Saturday afternoon is probably as good a time for reflection as any. I’ve just turned 30, and that’s kind of a milestone. As I see it, my 20’s were my “checklist years”. The decade started out like a scavenger hunt. I had a list of things I wanted to do. Some were […]


August 25, 2009 by


I received an email today, entitled “Reverence is more than just quietly sitting…”, that included the following quote on reverence: Reverence has more to do with politics than with religion. We can easily imagine religion without reverence; we see it, for example, wherever religion leads people into aggressive war or violence. But power without reverence […]

Why Is It So Hard to Give Up Ignorance?

August 23, 2009 by


There are certain fields that I love — church history, psychology, game design, etc. — but refuse to study in depth. The problem is, I have my own opinions and beliefs in each of those fields. I’m afraid that if I start studying, I’ll discover (a) how wrong I am, and (b) how much I’d […]

The Mart of Nations

June 13, 2009 by


Imagine a very long hallway with doors running down both sides, kind of like this: Behind each door is some kind of pleasant diversion. If you could, you might spend your whole life traveling the hallway and discovering the hidden joys behind each door. Of course, you have physical needs, so the hallway would need […]

What Does Righteousness Look Like?

May 25, 2009 by


Joseph Smith once said, “I love that man better who swears a stream as long as my arm, yet deals justice to his neighbors and mercifully deals his substance to the poor, than the smooth-faced hypocrite.” This raises the question of what indicators do we use to identify righteousness. Clean language, honesty, or something else? […]

Agency and Pepperoni Muffins

April 27, 2009 by


I believe that people have free agency. Of course there are limits to that agency. The classic example is pepperoni muffins. Could you have made pepperoni muffins yesterday? Nope. The idea of making them didn’t even enter your mind. It doesn’t matter that you have an oven and know how to cook muffins. Until the […]

The Character Triangle Revisited

April 22, 2009 by


My friend Toby/ias wrote a comment on the Character Triangle post that I wanted to respond to. Originally I was going put my response down in the comments, but as I started writing more I decided to write my thoughts here as a separate post. Toby said: Anyways, So I’m a little confused. Red is […]