We’ve all heard statements such as, “Obedience is the first law of heaven.” We’ve also been charged to seek our own light and revelation on any teaching or directive presented before the whole church. What happens when the second challenges the first? If we in good “conscience” (what many Latter-day Saints call the Light of Christ) cannot assent to what’s put forward (and this can include in our local church settings, as well), how shall we approach this dilemma? It seems that wrestles with this particular pairing of injunctions—obedience and conscience—arise around general conference time, so this is a timely podcast.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison (Fortress Press, 2014)
Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan, 2010)
Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (IVP Books, 2016). Edited by Jana Riess
Suzanne Stabile, The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships (IVP Books, 2018)
Richard Rohr, YouTube lecture series on the Enneagram
“Finally Getting Over Yourself, Part 1,” Typology podcast, October 2017. Part 2, etc. also available
Talks and Articles
George Handley, “On Criticism, Compassion, and Charity,” BYU’s My Journey as a Scholar of Faith lecture series, November 2015
J. Bonner Ritchie, “The Institutional Church and the Individual,” Sunstone, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary issue
Eugene England, “Obedience, Integrity, and the Paradox of Selfhood,” Originally published in Sunstone in 1983
Things by this episode’s panelists
Eric D. Huntsman, “Hard Sayings and Safe Spaces: Making Room for Struggle As Well as Faith,” BYU Devotional, 7 August 2018
Eric D. Huntsman, Becoming the Beloved Disciple: Coming Unto Christ Through the Gospel of John (Cedar Fort, 2018) Forthcoming 10 December 2018. We will link to it when released or ready for pre-order.
Patton Dodd, Jana Riess, David Van Biema, The Prayer Wheel: A Daily Guide to Renewing Your Faith with a Rediscovered Spiritual Practice (Convergent Press, 2018)
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