Showing posts from July, 2013

Is Mormonism Christianity? (1)

"I have more to boast of than every other man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet." - Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vs. 6, pgs. 408-409

Along with all the other things that I've started reading lately I found myself flipping through my copy of the Book of Mormon again. One of my favorite past times is running into branch-off groups of Christianity, whether it's Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, or Unitarians, nothing sparks a more heated discussion than these people.

As a Christian I'm called to always be prepared to give an answer to others about my faith  (1 Peter 3:15), and nothing can keep a Christian on their toes more than two well dressed Mormons toutin…

A Complicated Matter: A Story Of Justice

"I hate when I put things in the wrong place like putting cereal in the fridge, my shoes in the washroom, or my faith in the justice system" - Joseph Acquaye

 I've been reading a lot about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case lately. After the the verdict there has been a lot of discussion about the justice system in America and really everywhere else. I wanted to talk about something that I've been thinking about in regard to the framework not only about this case but all cases that apply to the justice system. So at this point I wont be posting directly on my thoughts about the case itself, but something that I  was thinking about while reading-up on such a scenario. 

As I've been reading through the book of Genesis (first book of the Bible) there are two things that stood out to me as ultimately separate from the don of creation to our present day. The first being that in the beginning God walked with His creation. There was a concept of fellowship…

Emancipating Evolution (1): Key Issues, Key Problems

Whatever God implied by the evolutionary theory and the data of natural history may be like, he is not the Protestant God of waste not - want not. He is also not a loving God who cares about his productions. He is not even the awful God portrayed in the book of Job. The God of Galapagos is wasteful, careless, and almost diabolical, He is not the sort of God that anyone would be inclined to pray.
- Philosopher David Hull

It isn't hard to tell that there is some type of tension, some type of conflict between what most people believe about God and what most people believe about Darwinian evolution. However, the open dialogue between these two issues is often poorly defined. More often than not, the time and effort is spent focusing on detailed exegetical and philosophical questions from Genesis.

And don't get me wrong, exegesis and philosophy have a very important place in this discussion. And likewise, there is some merit to the fact that the Bible states that man brought death…

From Ben Johnson To Lance Armstrong; The Morality of Doping

Today it came out that American sprinter Tyson Gay and two Jamaican sprinters: Asafa Powell the former world record holder in the 100m and 200m Olympic champion Veronica Cambell-Brown, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and have been suspended. These are dark days for the athletic world as in the wake of another professional baseball sweep of positive tests we have ripples across the sporting world as more and more athletes are caught.

I wrote a post earlier this year and published it on facebook about Lance Armstrong and his fall from grace and I would like to re-post it keeping in mind not only Lance but all athletics and professional sports. It is important to keep perspective when it comes to all issues, whether political, religious or athletic, each pebble dropped in the pond has a ripple effect into the next body of water.

Both as an onlooker and as a collegiate athlete myself who has competed in varsity track and field for the last 3 years on a University level, I…