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A Year of Biblical Womanhood

If you’re trying to live all the commandments of the Bible for women, does wearing a hoodie count as covering your head? Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, thinks so. Readers, if you enjoy memoir, want to know more about the Bible (which, as she points out, is not actually “the best place to look for traditional family values” [48]), and have a robust sense of humor, you should check this out.
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Anti-Gay Missouri Pastor Goes Viral

Last weekend, a speech by a Missouri pastor I know "went viral" on YouTube, and is now at 2.5 million views and counting. The popularity of Phil Snider's sudden reversal on homosexuality before the Springfield, MO city council surprised a great many people -- including Snider himself.
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I’m a Democrat Because I’m a Mormon

My new bumper sticker proclaims that I'm voting for Obama "and I'm a Mormon." But the fact is that I'm voting for Obama because I'm a Mormon.
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Mormon Singles Gone Wild!*

Earlier this month at BONCOM I had the privilege of hearing filmmaker Stephen Frandsen talk about Duck Beach to Eternity, a full-length documentary feature about Mormon single life that he’s created with Hadleigh Arnst. The movie, which traces the real lives of four 20- and 30-some...
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Matt Litton, Holy Nomad

"Holy Nomad" Matt Litton is on a spiritual path that's taken some surprising twists and turns. In his book, he identifies some of the things that weigh us down in our quest to follow God, and suggests four tools for the journey.
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Affirmation Conference in Seattle for LGBTQ Mormons & Their Loved Ones

This weekend is Affirmation's annual conference for LGBTQ Mormons and those who love them. With a theme of "Celebrate the Journey," the Seattle event helps to raise awareness of -- and joy about -- having a dual identity as Mormon and gay.
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So It Seems That Voldemort Won After All

The problem with The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s new novel for adults, isn’t that it’s full of sex, violence, and profanity. (According to a Kindle search, there are 163 uses of the F word as a verb, gerund, or adjective.) The problem is that in this sea of despicable characters, there is simply no one to root for.
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More Drama, Obama

One thing I've always appreciated about "no drama Obama" has been his fairmindedness and apparent unwillingness to go on the offensive. Tonight, I'd like to see the president generate a little more juice.
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The 5 Most Beautiful Teachings of Mormonism

In a new book out today, Terryl and Fiona Givens highlight the five most beautiful teachings of Mormonism. These may or may not be things you learned in seminary. If they weren't, they should have been.  
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Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon Second

Guest blogger Bob Rees (who wrote a popular post on temple garments in August) responds to David V. Mason's June New York Times op ed "I'm a Mormon, Not a Christian," saying that Mason "seems so radically different" from how Bob sees himself -- "as emphatically Christian while also being a very genuine Mormon."  
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