Month: May 2007

God’s Greater Glory

– Taken straight from the first page in Bruce A. Ware’s book, God’s Greater Glory: The Exalted God of Scripture and the Christian Faith(Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2004):

Mesa FallsWhether we behold, and believe, and adore, and trust, and honor, and love the true and living God, or whether we belittle, and distort, and minimize, and diminish God as we conceive him in order to magnify and enlarge and overextend the significance of “us” — this, at bottom, is what is at stake. In a culture saturated with the esteem of the “self” and marred by the decline of Deity, we stand in need of beholding God for who he is. We need desperately to be humbled and amazed at the infinite splendor of his unrivaled Greatness and the unspeakable wealth of his lavish Goodness. We must marvel at his blinding Glory and fall astonished at his benevolent Grace. If we are to escape the culf of self and find, instead, the true meaning of life and the path of true satisfaction, if we are to give God the glory rightly and exclusively owed to him–that is, if we are to know what truly promotes both our good and his glory–we must behold God for who he is.

Vern Swanson’s LDS orthodoxy, Part 2

This morning, I desire to showcase some of Swanson’s thoughts on Mary & Heavenly Father, Jesus & Marriage, and polygamy as acceptable.  I appreciate J. Stapley’s links yesterday.  I am just wondering if there is any public and official LDS Church critique on these particular topics defended by Vern.  I tend to think Swanson squarely sits within LDS orthodoxy.  I will list here almost a dozen quotes. (more…)