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Smiling in Church

"I need to say something," the seminarian said prior to giving a benediction to a surprised congregation. "I've led worship here three Sundays in a row and I detect an absence of Christian joy," he declared from the top of…
Edward H. Schreur
January 16, 2003
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The Beejabers

In one dream, I find the room and arrive on time, but the seats remain empty. In another I search pantingly for the room as the clock ticks relentlessly past the starting time. Still another has me arriving on time…
Thomas B. Phulery
January 16, 2003
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Are Mormons Christians?

Recently I participated in a theological conference at Brigham Young University. It was called, "Salvation in Christ: Christian Perspectives." Six Latter Day Saints (LDS) scholars participated as speakers, all of them impressive and serious faculty members in the Religious Studies…
Stephen T. Davis
January 16, 2003
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God Takes Ugly and Makes Beautiful

I work in a fairly ugly place: downtown Grand Rapids--where one finds cafes, specialty shops, and restaurants next to convenience stores to buy smokes, condoms, and booze. The doorways smell like urine; the sidewalks are littered with trash. And the…
Pamela J. Henshell
January 16, 2003