LDS General Conference 2014 & Ben Carson

Today and tomorrow in Idaho Falls is when many are listening to the 184th Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

And guess who was talked about?  Ben Carson.

One reason that I like Ben is because of words that he shares about Jesus.  Deliverance comes through Jesus.  Strength comes from Jesus.

God Saves People!

Youth director, Beau Floyd, in our church family sat down and wrote this yesterday:






All theological discussion necessarily comes to a crossroad with regards to how humanity relates to the divine. The question then becomes: Does humanity relate to God or the divine on humanity’s terms? Or, Does the divine, the Almighty, decide and determine how humanity is to relate to and approach Him? Because this study has already pre-supposed a Creator God, and His revelation to humanity through nature, His Word, and the incarnate Word Jesus, all of these will also be presupposed here. Returning to the opening question, how do people understand their place in the story? How do people know who God is, what He wants, and how to live? (more…)

Books (and booklets) I read this summer

  1. The Chasm (2011) by Randy Alcorn
  2. God and Dog (2010) by Wendy Francisco
  3. It is Well (2010) by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence
  4. Defined by Christ (2010) by Toni Sorenson
  5. He Will Give You Rest (2010) by Holzapfel & Strathearn
  6. Even the Prophet Started Out As A Deacon (2010) by Shane Barker
  7. Think (2010) by John Piper
  8. If the Foundations Be Destroyed (1994) by Chick Salliby
  9. Uneclipsing the Son (2011) by Rick Holland
  10. Gospel Meditations for Men (2011) by Chris Anderson & Joe Tyrpak
  11. Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families (2011) by Cokie & Steve Roberts
  12. The Egyptian File (2011, Teacher’s Book) by Answers in Genesis
  13. Galatians: Law & Grace, Companions in Redemption (2001) by Steve Salter
  14. Did The Resurrection Happen . . . Really? (2011) by Josh McDowell & Dave Sterrett
  15. Augustine’s Confessions: A Biography (2011) by Garry Wills
  16. The Council of Dads (2010) by Bruce Feiler
  17. Generous Justice (2010) by Timothy Keller
  18. Unashamed (2000) by Francine Rivers
  19. The Hunger Games (2008) by Suzanne Collins
  20. Catching Fire (2009) by Suzanne Collins
  21. Mockingjay (2010) by Suzanne Collins
  22. Idaho Bicycling Street Smarts (2005)

Records of Mitt Romney’s Giving

“Though Romney hasn’t released his personal tax returns, he has given away millions through the Tyler Charitable Foundation, whose records are publicly available.

“From 2000 to 2009, Romney and his wife gave $6.4 million through the foundation, with $4.6 million of that then going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where Romney is a member.  The second-highest recipient of the Romneys’ gifts is the Mormon-affiliated Brigham Young University, where all five of their sons attended, underscoring the family’s commitment to their Mormon religion.”

(Sidenote Contrast – “Since 2000, [Rick] Perry and his wife Anita have donated to churches $12,668–or 0.47 percent of their income–according to their personal tax returns.  They have not donated personal income to any other Christian nonprofits. . . . In 2007, when he reported income of over $1 million, he gave $90 to his church.”)

World, August 27, 2011