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Nine Moons : 2008 : July » 2008 » July

And It’s Me You Need to Show, How Deep is Your Love?

David - July 31, 2008

**This is my first entry on Nine Moons and I just wanted to thank Rusty for inviting me over. I confess I feel a little unsettled out of the “safe zone” of my own blog and room of regulars. It reminds me of when I was on the drama team in high school and I brought a Woody Allen humorous reading to state competition. I killed when I performed for my own team, but when we went to finals at BYU– judged by BYU drama students– you could hear the cicadas across campus. I hope my thoughts here will find some resonance and touch on things relatable. Thanks.

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Out of the Best Podcasts

Christian J - July 29, 2008

I’ve always had a love for the pure, unadulterated beauty of talk radio. No faces – just information and delivery. So naturally, I’m a podcast junkie. And since my modes of transportation consists of two feet, a train and a bicycle, I’m left with no other choice but to subscribe to more ‘casts than I have time to listen. But I have narrowed it down to a few select ones. NPR, BBC, Radio Lab, Studio 360, The Onion News and This American Life are all in there. But the crown jewel – the one that rises above the rest is the Daily Audio Bible with Brian Hardin. (more…)

Welcome Guest Blogger David T

Rusty -

Nine Moons would like to welcome David T as our newest guest-blogger. And no, this won’t be another CJ Douglass/Lamonte-guest-blogging-stint-in-which-they-are-never-relieved-of-their-duties-and-are-therefore-quietly-made-permabloggers. No, we’ll cut him off mid-sentence and never talk to him again. That or BCC will buy out his contract and we’ll sue Steve for breach of something.

Welcome David!

Love in Mourning

Rusty - July 22, 2008

Last Tuesday our dear friends’ 1-month old baby passed away after a fight with the rarest form of the rare Shwachman Diamond Syndrome. As if this weren’t sad enough, there were surrounding circumstances that made the situation even more tragic. As I spoke with our friends I could do little else but weep. The night after the passing a few of us close friends visited them and I sat for 20 minutes crying, not saying a thing. Any thought that came to my head was stopped by the “would-this-be-a-comforting-thing-to-hear?” filter. There truly aren’t words. (more…)

Of Good Report

D Christian Harrison - July 21, 2008

I’m a wee bit of a meme fan. I think they’re useful in helping bloggers explore new ground. So it is with no small amount of glee that I introduce a new meme, here: Of Good Report — inspired by Cjane of C Jane Enjoy It fame ( I, II, III, IV, V ).

Rules:

  • One post a day for a week (a business week or a calendar week — you pick).
  • Each post centers on something or someone you’re thankful for.
  • Extra points for mentioning that it’s based on the 13th Article of Faith.

Please return here and add a link back to your post in the comments. If you don’t have a blog of your own, you may leave your good reports here.

Blog Aggregators & the Dynamic Gospel

D Christian Harrison - July 15, 2008

The brouhaha ( I, II, III, IV ) over J. Max Wilson‘s recent expulsion from the Mormon Archipelago — and Wilson’s decision to start an aggregator of his own (which, presumably, won’t send him packing) got me to thinking…

What kind of role do these Mormon blog aggregators play in the dynamic gospel?

Oh… you’ve never heard of the dynamic gospel? My apologies. It’s a personal theory that I’ve yet to fully flesh-out. But, in broad strokes, it posits a couple of things:

  1. The first is that just as individuals may grow closer to God in both understanding and comportment, His church does as well. This shouldn’t be a ground-breaking idea. We’ve all thrown out the phrase “line upon line, precept upon precept”. Now whether we actually believe the church progresses from vaguaries and innacuracies towards clarity and Truth™ is an entirely different matter… but surely you’ve used the phrase. Were we to graph this progression, we’d see a line that moved like the graph of a stock exchange… and were we to zoom in, closely, we’d see that the line was comprised of myriad lines — each with their own paths. Unlike a stock exchange, however, the moving averages are always positive — we are, inexoribly, working our way towards God. And this, I believe, is the truth behind Wilford Woodruff’s sentiment found in Official Declaration 1, that “[t]he Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray”.
  2. The second is that in deciding what they do or do not believe, members of the Church must contend with a number of factors: the canon of the Church; the words of the prophets; the whisperings of the Spirit; and Church policy… and each of these must be weighed against both a personal and corporate ( I can’t think of a better term for the Body of Christ ) understanding of what they each mean. Each of these factors acts as a dampening agent against both true inspiration and counterfeit — slowing and enabling the progress of the Church, simultaneously.
  3. The third is that this slow and deliberate process brings notions to the surface quietly, most times. Bubbling, as they do, to the surface of the group’s consciousness… ideas of little value disappear over time, while Truth™ (or a semblance of it) remains.

So what does this have to do with aggregators? At its root, this process of percolation is about memory… what remains, after time, survives to join the Gospel. It’s mainstreamed through the nurturing and care of the members of the Body of Christ. Like sleepwalking stewards, we slowly (slowly!) clean the Lord’s vineyard. And memory is very much determined by writing… the Canon is entirely written — it is scripture; the words of the prophets are also entirely written; if we follow the words of the prophets and keep jounals, then the whisperings of the Spirit are also written; and, finally, Church policy is almost entirely written.

Unlike personal or even organizational libraries, digital libraries are “easy” to search and diseminate… as such, their reach is both broader and deeper. Never before has so much been so easily accessible. Aggregators — especially those that purport to speak for the Bloggernacle or Mainstream Mormonism play a role in dictating what people read… and, in turn, what people remember. This will, undoubtedly, have an affect upon the process described above. But to what extent, I do not know.

This conversation is part of a larger one, I think. One about Correlation, one about the Church’s online tools, one about the PR efforts of the Church… each facet playing into the larger process of memory and acceptance… and our eventual arrival at a true understanding of the mind and heart of God.

So there you go… I’ve set the stage for a discussion… here’s my question again: what kind of role do Mormon blog aggregators play in the dynamic gospel?

Adam Greenwood’s Post Is Cowardly And Extremely Misleading

Rusty -

For those who want to actually discuss the issues surrounding Adam Greenwood’s post you may do so here (rather than making an extremely misleading claim, a potshot and then closing comments so nobody can dispute it). I’ll just assume that we’re all grown-ups and won’t get all “raillery” on J. Max Wilson and Steve Evans (or Adam).

A Dilemma

Don -

I just talked with my youngest son. He just changed jobs and is now a game tester at EA Sports. While walking to the cafeteria he noticed some crumpled up money on the ground. He picked it up and discovered it was a $20 bill and a $1 bill. (more…)

KulturCast

Rusty -

As a regular contributor to Kulturblog we decided it was high time we do a podcast. So give ‘er a listen and let us know what you think.

Listen here.

More details here.

Mission Cred Syndrome

Christian J - July 14, 2008

Every week, a new batch of elders and sisters enter the MTC in Provo, Utah. In many of their eyes you can see a glimmer of hope and excitement. For them, it’s not about where they’re serving but how they will serve for the next two years of their life. Unfortunately, for most of them this will not last for long. In the communal showers and in the tiniest cracks of bunk beds, lurks an awful disease – Mission Cred Syndrome. (more…)

Looking Toward Egypt: Why Government Endorsement Cannot Save “Marriage”

Seth - July 13, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s opposition to same-sex marriage has been the subject of a lot of news recently, especially in California. While I sympathize with the LDS leadership’s desire to “draw a line in the sand” on the slow loss of ground in America’s relentless culture wars, I think the writing is on the wall, and it’s time to face reality.

The LDS Church is going to lose this fight. (more…)

You may address me as “Your Royal Highness.”

Susan M - July 7, 2008

I am, after all, a direct descendant of this guy:

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When Do We Quit Listening to / Following The Brethren?

Don - July 2, 2008

What critieria do we use to decide who and when we will follow? (more…)