Posts by Brad Jones

Bringing Ourselves to Christ

[This is an excerpt from a talk that I gave a few weeks ago in my local congregation]   The fourth mission of the church In the April 1982 general conference, President Kimball outlined the mission of the Church in a way that was familiar to me throughout my upbringing. “[T]he mission of the church,” he wrote, “is threefold: First, to p [...]

The Ruthless Furnace of the World

This past Sunday, we had a lesson on the Temple as a “Symbol of our Membership.” As I was reflecting on what that might mean, and as the comments from the members of my local elders’ quorum started to accumulate, something wasn’t sitting right with me. I raised my hand and out spilled … something – something half-baked and more tinged with e [...]

For the glory of God

Lazarus, Mary, Martha, and Divine Agendas The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is striking on many levels, but as I have pondered it recently, I have been wrestling with the idea that Lazarus had to die and the women had to mourn “for the glory of God.” In the story, we are told that Jesus purposefully delays his retu [...]

Unhelpful Analogies

  Part of life on the large college campus where I spend most of my days involves a constant bombardment of sidewalk graffiti advertising the latest political causes or fraternity parties. A while back I saw one particular piece of sidewalk art that grabbed my attention. Not due to any particular skill on the part of its anonymous artis [...]

Anxiously Engaged

I was sitting in one of the many “bonus” meetings we get as faithful Latter-day Saints a few weeks ago. The theme was on that uniquely Mormon turn of phrase: “anxiously engaged in a good cause.” As I sat there listening with half my mind to the series of speakers that were lined up for the event, I used the other half [...]

Campbell’s Law, Goodhart’...

Campbell’s Law The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor. Goodhart’s Law When a measure becomes a target, i [...]

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