My kind of Evangelical

John Nilsson christ, christianity, evangelicals, God, grace, inter-faith, Jesus, Mormon, Mormons, religion, theology 16 Comments

As a Mormon kid growing up in the area of Southern California largely settled by Dust Bowl migrants from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, evangelicals (we …

How Active Are You? How Orthodox Are You? A Self-Assessment

John Nilsson book of mormon, christ, christianity, church, curiosity, doubt, eternity, faith, General Authorities, God, historicity, Jesus, joseph, LDS, liberal, Mormon, Mormons, new order mormon, obedience, orthodox, Priesthood, prophets, religion, repentance, restoration, sacrament meeting, salvation, scripture, Sermon on the Mount, smith, temple, testimony, theology, Word of Wisdom 67 Comments

Take this assessment and find out: (Taken from D. Jeff Burton’s For Those Who Wonder : forthosewhowonder.com. Similar to a Correlation Department survey on Religion …

A Testimony of the Devil

John Nilsson Devil, doubt, faith, Mormon, mormon, questioning, religion, testimony, theology 54 Comments

“I know that the Devil lives in outer darkness surrounded by concourses of ghastly minions amidst weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth”. Why don’t we …

Liberal Mormonism III: Prognosis

John Nilsson Bloggernacle, church, Culture, curiosity, faith, historicity, LDS, liberal, Mormon, mormon, new order mormon, orthodox, religion, scripture, testimony, theology, thought 35 Comments

Count up all the liberal Mormons you know. Now, compare that number to the number you knew ten years ago. Now multiply the difference between …

Liberal Mormonism II: Why I am a Liberal Mormon

John Nilsson Mormon 40 Comments

I was raised in a household of faith. My parents are believers who encouraged discussion of religion in their home. I’ve asked around and found …

Liberal Mormonism I: Diagnosis

John Nilsson curiosity, Mormon 57 Comments

Let me be clear about a few things. First, I have been diagnosed as a liberal Mormon. Second, liberal Mormonism has been discussed before in …

My Top Ten Cultural Sins, or Why I Don’t Mark My Scriptures

John Nilsson Mormon

10. I don’t mark my scriptures. The last time I did was 12 years ago and it was to make it easier to find the …

What Do Joseph Smith and Gladys Knight Have in Common?

John Nilsson Culture, feminism, gay, mormon, new order mormon, orthodox, politics 23 Comments

When I was a kid in Southern California, it was obvious to me that there were two kinds of people in the world: Mormons and …

“It’s More Than a Religion”: Mormonism as Family

John Nilsson Culture, Mormons 14 Comments

Story 1 From p. 102 of An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown: (Brown addressing a group of 75 LDS servicemen during World …

Mormon Superheroes

John Nilsson Mormon 14 Comments

  Dr. Deseret is the sovereign State of Deseret’s official superhero and defender. She takes performance-enhancing drugs to ensure her fighting prowess. She is part …

Yet Another John

John Nilsson Mormon 10 Comments

I don’t know what the prevalence of the name John on Mormon Matters says about this site or our parents’ predilection for monosyllabic British boy’s …