I’m continuing a feature started on my other blog, highlighting interesting posts around the Bloggernacle since the last Potluck, ones that deserve another go-round and additional comment from the BCC community. This should be especially useful for group bloggers who frequent BCC and T&S but don’t get out much (to other Bloggernacle sites). For previous installments, go here.
Justin at Mormon Wasp talked about Wallace Stegner and gave a link to an interview he did with Sunstone in 1980. Stegner wrote about Salt Lake City as a unique Western city rather than as a Mormon city, and was the first person to make me actually like the place a little bit. He deserves more attention.
Bret at Nine Moons posted The Manipulation Pattern: A Mormon’s Favorite Tool (ouch!). He wonders out loud about the difference between the manipulation pattern and the commitment pattern, and how we can “avoid falling into the trap of using manipulation.” He has a nice discussion, but I really hope the practice is not as easy to fall into as Bret makes it sound. Perhaps we should be teaching missionaries the Golden Rule instead of the commitment pattern?
Ryan at Intellecxhibitionist contrasts living ordinances with apostate sacraments, also giving a link to a nice talk on The Great Apostasy (“TGA”) delivered recently by Noel Reynolds at BYU Idaho (the new training ground for LDS apostles) from which he borrowed the idea. You don’t hear much about TGA these days, which is a good thing because most of what we used to hear about it was wrong. That seems to be what Reynolds is getting at, although he doesn’t come right out and say it. He lists three myths about TGA, which amount to three ways Mormons have misunderstood it in the past.
Finally, if you have a soft spot in your heart for caffeine but feel a little guilty about it, go read this and you’ll feel better. Thanks to Nate the good humor man for a new vision of hot drinks.