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Engaging Gospel Doctrine provides supplementary resources for Latter-Day Saint Sunday School.

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Engaging Gospel Doctrine provides supplementary resources for Latter-Day Saint Sunday School.

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Fantastic podcast I love it, he is willing to dig deep into the weeds I find it very stimulating and enjoyable.

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The balance of academics and faith make this podcast a real gem.

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131 Ratings
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Great podcast

By Create nickname 168168 - May 18 2019
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Fantastic podcast I love it, he is willing to dig deep into the weeds I find it very stimulating and enjoyable.

Excellent

By mattrhwrd - Apr 18 2016
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The balance of academics and faith make this podcast a real gem.
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Engaging Gospel Doctrine

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Engaging Gospel Doctrine provides supplementary resources for Latter-Day Saint Sunday School.

Rank #1: 308.3: Bigger Tents (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40, Study Notes)

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“Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”

These final chapters of Isaiah give us much more to think about than the name of our Stake Centers. This lesson discusses the need for community, how we can both feel comfortable within and foster our communities. These chapters make challenging points about insiders, outsiders, points that lead to the promise of a new creation. This section covers the historical context of these chapters and explores the psychology of us/them psychology.

Class Member Reading: Isaiah 54; 55; 56; 63; 64; 65; Alma 32:28

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

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Resources

Home Teaching, A Divine Service, President Monson

Ye Are No More Strangers, Bishop Caussé

Strength in the Savior, President Chieko Okazaki

To Please Our Heavenly Father, President Hinckley

The Net Gathers of Every Kind, Elder Maxwell

No Man is an Island, Elder Winkel

Concern for the One, Elder Wirthlin

Come, Join with Us, President Uchtdorf

Why the Church is as True as the Gospel, Eugene England

“Respect”, LDSThoughtfulQuotes

Life, Inc

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives, TED

Religion and Self-Transcendence, TED

Thanks as always to Steven Nelson for the bumper music.

Nov 03 2018
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Rank #2: 342: July 28; Aug 4. Paul the Defender (New Testament Weeks 30-31)

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Paul tells us he is “all things to all people” (1 Cor. 9), and in these chapters we see the master at work. Watch for how he adapts his message to each audience. And underneath that adaptability is his resolution to follow God’s will and preach from Jerusalem to Rome.

Reading: Acts 16-21 (Home Study); Acts 22-28 (Sunday School)

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You can access my Lesson Notes here.

You can access the Annotated Reading for Acts 21-28 here.

Related Episodes
164: The Trials of Paul (Acts 21-28)

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for postproduction and to Marshall McDonald for the bumper music! Thanks to Lisa Salisbury for donating our beautiful logo.

Aug 02 2019
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Rank #3: 281.2: Trials and Providence (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, Sunday School)

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“Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

The masterfully written story of Joseph in Egypt is like nothing else in the Bible–it can actually be described as a novella. This touching account also engages with fundamental life questions: What contributes to success? How can our trials and suffering be for our good? How do we find meaning in life? And perhaps most profoundly, how much and in what ways does God intervene in our lives?

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Class Member Reading: Genesis 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45; D&C 64:8-11

Additional Reading: 2 Nephi 2:2; D&C 122:5-9

Other Reading: Review Genesis 39

Gina, Jody, and Steven contribute a thoughtful discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Timeline 

Lesson Part 1

0:00        Announcements and overview

4:33        Assigned Reading

21:00     Trials for our Good, Forgiveness and Preparedness

Discussion Part 1

36:12     Intro and Nature of Sunday School Discourse

41:16     Joseph’s Story

56:10     How do we respond to tough trials?

1:11:27  How about negative outcomes?

1:16:45  Communities to lift us, and ground us

1:21:10  Personal Stories

1:39:13  Forgiveness and Preventing Harm

1:54:02  Provident Living

Resources

Thanks to William Newman for content editing, James Estrada for audio postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

Mar 24 2018
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Rank #4: 343: Aug 11; 18. Trust, Grace (New Testament Weeks 32-33)

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If we are saved by grace, what’s the point of going to Church? In his magnum opus, Paul wrestles with such questions as the relationship of faith and works, the fate of Jews and Gentiles, and sets the record straight about his own mission.

Reading: Romans 1-6; 7-16.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here.
Annotated Reading

Related Episodes and Resources
162: Paul to the Romans
Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan, Paraphrase of Romans
Maxwell Institute podcast with Adam Miller, talking about his paraphrase
New Testament for Latter-day Saints

Aug 17 2019
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Rank #5: 302.1: Fidelity (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 34, Updated)

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“I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness”

The core message of Hosea is fidelity: fidelity to God, which extends to fidelity to each other and ourselves. At it’s core, fidelity is about congruence between our values and our actions, and congruence between our relationship to ourselves and our relationship to others. There is much of value in Hosea, but first we need to wrestle with the primary analogy of an abusive relationship between God and Israel.

Class Member Reading: Hosea 1; 2; 3; 11; 13; 14

Additional Reading: Hosea 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 12

Other Reading: None

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for editing the updated and reissued episodes.

Sep 16 2018
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Rank #6: 282.1: Deliverance (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13, Updated)

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Bondage, Passover, and Exodus

We like to focus on the dramatic stories of deliverance, but the story of Moses and the Exodus has much more to teach us about the ways that we grow and change during challenges, the role we have to play in our own deliverance, and how we remember both deliverance and those times trials “pass over” us. In addition, from the burning bush we can learn how to awaken to the reality that everything in life is sacred.

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Class Member ReadingExodus 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14; Matthew 26:19, 26-28; D&C 20:75-79

Additional ReadingExodus 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15

Other Reading: None

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating and reissuing the episode.

Apr 13 2018
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Rank #7: 308.1: Bigger Tents (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40, Updated)

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“Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”

We can use the fertilizer of past and present grief and difficulty to tend future Edenic gardens in our lives. In these Isaiah chapters God consoles a suffering Israel and promises a covenant of steadfast love and eternal peace, and promises growth beyond what they can imagine. How can we clean out and stock our individual tents, in preparation for goodness we cannot now conceptualize?

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Deep appreciation to Trent Oliphant for an insanely quick turnaround on editing!

Nov 03 2018
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Rank #8: 284.1: Choosing Life (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15, Updated)

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“Look to God and Live”

We usually end up where we are focused. Every day with our every action we place ourselves somewhere along the continuum of thriving and life and stagnation and damnation. This update explores the principles of divine focus and spiritual life.

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Class Member Reading: Numbers 11; 12; 13; 14; 21:1-9; Alma 37:46-47; Helaman 8:13-15

Additional Reading: John 3:14-16; 1 Nephi 17:41; Alma 33:18-22

You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating and reissuing the episodes.

Apr 28 2018
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Rank #9: 311.3 Healthy Leadership (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43, Study Notes)

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The Shepherds of Israel

Turns out when you are assigned to care for sheep as a shepherd, eating them instead is not the recipe for success. This episode discusses the attributes of good leadership, how to support leaders, and what to do in the case of shepherds who make mistakes. This section explores Ezekiel in historical and literary context and the nature of leadership in the LDS Church.

Nancy and George continue the conversation.

Class Member Reading: Ezekiel 18; 34; 37; Psalm 23; Alma 5:7-14

Additional Reading: Ezekiel 2

Other Reading: D&C 121

You can access the Annotated reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Recurring Donation:

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Resources

EGD Episode 104 on righteous leaders

Interpretation of the two sticks in Ezekiel 27, Kevin Barney at BCC
Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction and Steven Sharp for the bumper music.

Dec 02 2018
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Rank #10: 307.1: Messengers of Peace and Wellness (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39, Updated)

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“How Beautiful upon the Mountains”

These chapters present poignant contrasts… abandonment and misery shift into reclaiming and vindication. Desert wilderness becomes Eden. And most importantly, suffering can bring redemption.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Oct 28 2018
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Rank #11: 284.3: Choosing Life (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15, Study Notes)

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“Look to God and Live”

In this section we cover:

II: Scholarship:

  • Struggles of authority: Aaron and Miriam vs. Moses; the Korahites
  • Context of the conquest of Canaan
  • Meaning of the Bronze Serpent

III: Study Notes:

  • The portrayal of God in these chapters
  • Balance of personal and institutional revelation
  • Brain chemistry and optimism/pessimism
  • In addition to God, where can we “look at live”?

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Class Member Reading: Numbers 11; 12; 13; 14; 21:1-9; Alma 37:46-47; Helaman 8:13-15

Additional Reading: John 3:14-16; 1 Nephi 17:41; Alma 33:18-22

Other Reading: Look through the rest of Numbers.

Jennifer and Jacob continue the discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Resources 

President Monson, In Search of Treasure (about living in the moment)

President Uchtdorf, Grateful in Any Circumstances 

Elder Scott, To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse 

Elder Oaks, Good, Better, Best 

Elder Holland, Look to God and Live 

Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology 

Overview of PERMA

TED talk on the psychology of time 

TED talk about happiness in the moment 

TED talks about happiness in general 

Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

Apr 28 2018
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Rank #12: 280.2: Let’s Talk about Sex (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11, Sunday School)

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“How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?”

Sexuality is an aspect of life universally experienced but difficult to talk about. And the assigned readings are no exception. This episode  engages with the stories of Dinah, Tamar, and Potiphar’s wife and models a constructive approach to talking about sexuality in a Church context. We also discuss both chastity and sexual transgression.

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Class Member Reading: Genesis 34; 37; 38; 39

Additional Reading: Genesis 32:28; 35:22; 1 Chron. 5:1-2; Romans 8:28

Other Reading: None

Sara, Corey, Jennifer and Natasha provide an expert and valuable discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Timeline 

Lesson Part 1

0:00        Introduction

5:13        Assigned Reading

21:01     What is the Law of Chastity?

Discussion Part 1

26:15     Introductions

29:00     Chastity in most SS Lessons

31:45     Rape of Dinah

40:58     Judah and Tamar

51:20     Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

54:40     Productive Discussions of the Law of Chastity

1:04:38  Sexual Transgression

Resources 

Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

Mar 17 2018
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Rank #13: 306.3: Relationship with God (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, Study Notes)

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“Beside Me There Is No Saviour”

These chapters emphatically declare that there is no God but the God of Israel. Yet even in the Bible we have differing views on God, let alone throughout history, the world, and our individual lives. This section goes deeper into what we learn about God from these chapters, how our personal experiences with God differ, and the power of devotion to God.

Nathan and Paula continue the discussion.

Class Member Reading: Isaiah 40-49

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

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You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Oct 13 2018
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Rank #14: 305.1: Of God and Wonders (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37, Updated)

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“Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

Wonderful sounds really nice, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes wonders if God knows what They are doing! The assigned chapters prove baffling, but do invite exploration of how the unexpected in life often leads us to repentance and transformation.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for a wonderfully quick turnaround editing the updated and reissued episodes.

Sep 27 2018
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Rank #15: 311.2 Healthy Leadership (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43, Sunday School)

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The Shepherds of Israel

Turns out when you are assigned to care for sheep as a shepherd, eating them instead is not the recipe for success. This episode discusses the attributes of good leadership, how to support leaders, and what to do in the case of shepherds who make mistakes.

Nancy and George join the class.

Class Member Reading: Ezekiel 18; 34; 37; Psalm 23; Alma 5:7-14

Additional Reading: Ezekiel 2

Other Reading: D&C 121

Recurring Donation:

$5$10$25$50

One Time Donation:

$10$25$50$100

You can access the Annotated reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Resources

EGD Episode 104 on righteous leaders

Interpretation of the two sticks in Ezekiel 27, Kevin Barney at BCC

Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction and Steven Sharp for the bumper music.

Dec 02 2018
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Rank #16: 293.6: Art and Gratitude (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, Study Notes)

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“Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord”

Music permeates our lives in addition to playing a central role in our worship. This lesson explores the “hymn book” of ancient Israel as well as music more broadly. This portion also explores gratitude, a central theme of the Psalms and principle of the gospel.

This portion of the episode covers

II. Scholarship

  • Psalms in literary and historical context
  • Psalms and the New Testament
  • Return to the Reading
  • Psalms in popular culture

III. Study Notes

  • Understanding gratitude and happiness
  • Hymns and LDS culture
  • Music and human nature
  • And finally, as befits an episode on music, we have a selection of songs inspired by the Psalms from several different traditions

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Class Member Reading: Psalm 69:20; 22:7-8; 22:16; 22:18; 22:1; 16:10; 23; 51; 59:16; 78:38; 86:5, 13; 100:4-5; 103:2-4, 8-11, 17-18; 4:5; 5:11; 9:10; 18:2; 56:11; 62:8; 118:8-9; 5:7; 15:1-3; 24; 27:4; 65:4; 84:1-2, 4, 10-12; 122; 134; Mark 14:32-41; Matthew 27:35, 39-43, 46; Mark 15:25; Acts 2:31-32; Acts 13:34-35 (See the Annotated Reading link below for the readings)

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: Look through the rest of the Psalms as well as your favorite Hymns

Music aficionados MichaelJared, and Greg join the class.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

We will get the full audio posted tomorrow (Friday 7/4); in the meantime you can listen to the Lesson audio here: Lesson 25.2

Resources

Hearty thanks to Nathan Jones for content editing and to James Estrada for audio post-production. As always, thanks to Steven Nelson for the bumper music!

Jul 08 2018
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Rank #17: 284.2: Choosing Life (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15, Sunday School)

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“Look to God and Live”

What does it mean to “Look to God and Live”? It sounds nice, but how do we apply it to our lives? This lesson explores this principle through the lenses of Positive Psychology, time management, and balancing individual and institutional revelation.

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Class Member Reading: Numbers 11; 12; 13; 14; 21:1-9; Alma 37:46-47; Helaman 8:13-15

Additional Reading: John 3:14-16; 1 Nephi 17:41; Alma 33:18-22

Other Reading: Look through the rest of Numbers.

Jennifer and Jacob join the class.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Timeline

Sunday School

0:00        Updates and Announcements

4:44        Assigned Reading

16:35     How do we look to God and live?

19:29     Positive Psychology

25:20     Healing from Abuse

26:32     Focusing on What is Important

29:55     Balancing Personal and Institutional Revelation

Discussion Part 1

32:05     Introductions

33:10     How do we live while looking to God?

37:24     Personal Experiences: Guided Through Trials

1:00:10  Institution-Personal Tension

1:18:28  Concluding Thoughts

Resources 

President Monson, In Search of Treasure (about living in the moment)

President Uchtdorf, Grateful in Any Circumstances 

Elder Scott, To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse 

Elder Oaks, Good, Better, Best 

Elder Holland, Look to God and Live 

Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology 

Overview of PERMA

TED talk on the psychology of time 

TED talk about happiness in the moment 

TED talks about happiness in general 

Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

Apr 28 2018
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Rank #18: 299.1: Knowing, Practicing, Becoming (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31, Updated)

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“Happy Is the [One] That Findeth Wisdom”

Wisdom has been called applied knowledge, but is that enough? What enables us to apply wisdom? This update explores wisdom ancient and modern and the relationship between knowledge, wisdom, practice, and the gospel.

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Class Member Reading: 1 Kings 4:32; Proverbs 1:7; 9:9-10; 3:5-7; 16:27-28; 18:8; 25:18; 13:10; 16:18; 22:6; 15:13; 17:22; 2 Nephi 9:28-29; Matthew 12:36-37; D&C 68:25-28

Additional Reading: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (The Student Guide says to “study as much of the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as you can”)

Other Reading: None

You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Resources

The Wisest One in the Room

Review

Character Strengths and Virtues

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You are Not so Smart

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You are Now Less Dumb

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Thanks to Trent Oliphant for postproduction on the updated and reissued episodes.

Aug 18 2018
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Rank #19: 293.5: Art and Gratitude (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25, Sunday School)

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“Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord”

Music permeates our lives in addition to playing a central role in our worship. This lesson explores the “hymn book” of ancient Israel as well as music more broadly. This portion also explores gratitude, a central theme of the Psalms and principle of the gospel.

This portion of the episode covers

  • Gratitude
  • An introduction to the Psalms
  • The relationship between gratitude, inspiration, and music
  • Favorite hymns

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Class Member Reading: Psalm 69:20; 22:7-8; 22:16; 22:18; 22:1; 16:10; 23; 51; 59:16; 78:38; 86:5, 13; 100:4-5; 103:2-4, 8-11, 17-18; 4:5; 5:11; 9:10; 18:2; 56:11; 62:8; 118:8-9; 5:7; 15:1-3; 24; 27:4; 65:4; 84:1-2, 4, 10-12; 122; 134; Mark 14:32-41; Matthew 27:35, 39-43, 46; Mark 15:25; Acts 2:31-32; Acts 13:34-35 (See the Annotated Reading link below for the readings)

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: Look through the rest of the Psalms as well as your favorite Hymns

Music aficionados Michael, Jared, and Greg join the class.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

We will have the finished audio up tomorrow (Friday 7/4), but if you are impatient you can access the lesson file here: Lesson 25.1

Resources

Hearty thanks to Nathan Jones for content editing and to James Estrada for audio post-production. As always, thanks to Steven Nelson for the bumper music!

Jul 07 2018
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Rank #20: 306.2: Relationship with God (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, Sunday School)

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“Beside Me There Is No Saviour”

These chapters emphatically declare that there is no God but the God of Israel. Yet even in the Bible we have differing views on God, let alone throughout history, the world, and our individual lives. This section discusses what we learn about God from these chapters, how our personal experiences with God differ, and the power of devotion to God.

Nathan and Paula join the class.

Class Member Reading: Isaiah 40-49

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

Recurring Donation:

$5$10$25$50

One Time Donation:

$10$25$50$100

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Jim Henderson for audio post-production and to Steven Nelson for the bumper music.

Oct 13 2018
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