Jerry Earl Johnston
Recent Articles by Jerry Earl Johnston
Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:51 pm MDT
As a boy, I was taught to be wary of lavish displays. Simplicity trumped splendor, I was taught. The ordinary didn’t need to be ornate. But I’ve since made peace with all things opulent in religion.
Published: Friday, April 22, 2016 3:30 pm MDT
Today, Christian pop singers are saying, “Praise the Lord and pass me that flame thrower before the fire marshals shut us down.” It's all new wine in new bottles. But then, it always has been.
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:46 pm MDT
When a book features the word “Harvard” on its spine, expect an important book. When the other words are “The Mormon Jesus,” expect an important book for members of The Church of Jesus C...
Published: Friday, April 8, 2016 8:35 pm MDT
As the United States thaws its frosty attitude toward Cuba, some unforeseen consequences will surely surface. For one, normalization of relations with Cuba may mean normalization of Santeria, the fastest growin...
Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 8:33 pm MDT
“ with Alexander Schreiner at the organ.” Many baby boomer Utahns heard those words a hundred times growing up. The phrase had a musical quality. And the name, for many of us, was fun to say. ...
Published: Friday, March 25, 2016 3:15 pm MDT
When I get confused about evangelical Christianity, I make one call, that’s all. I call Brad Scheelke, owner of Oasis Christian Books in Logan. Brad and I are old “fencing buddies.” We cross s...
Published: Monday, March 21, 2016 1:05 pm MDT
First pitch for the exhibition game between the Salt Lake Bees and the Los Angeles Angels is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark, barring any inclement weather.
Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:18 pm MDT
Things get doubly serious when God is the one giving people another name. He puts his seal on their hearts and writes their names on his palms. You better be ready for all that awaits you. The stakes are high.
Published: Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:23 pm MDT
Holy Week is around the corner. And, as Chaucer would say, “folks are longing for a pilgrimage.”Let me suggest one. If you’re going to be anywhere near Southern Colorado, visit San Luis, the...
Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:15 pm MST
In Brigham City, the thousands of people who attended the open house for the new temple in 2012 got to see an impressive mural — a mural of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge awash with geese, ducks, cr...