260: Justin Brierley – Unbelieveable

Today with sit down with Justin Brierley, host of the popuar Christian podcast “Unbelievable” which is hosted in the UK.  Justin joins us today to discuss his podcast and his faith journey.  We talk about orthodoxy vs unorthodoxy, his personal interpretation of scripture, what he sees as Christianity’s ability to stand up to criticism, and […]

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PREMIUM: Gone Are The Days And I Mean It

Today I am broken.  I am mad.  I am frustrated.  I am sad.   I am at an impasse and I pray for the Church to create real space for truth seeking.  Please….. Please……  Make a safe space…….  I need you and hope for you to truly honor my questions by having a vulnerable conversation about […]

255: Who Is The Doubter?

Today we sit down and discuss the a study done to delve into who is the doubting Mormon.  A study was done and presented to top LDS Leaders on the topic.  Today we delve into the data and find out what is known about these folks and what we know about the growth of this […]

Ward or Stake Resource: Help Thou Mine Unbelief

STAKE HANDOUT HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF BY STUDY AND BY FAITH: Suggestions and Resources to Work Through Questions Related to LDS Church History, Doctrine, and Social Issues In the Church, we value truth and we value those who seek after it. Joseph Smith once said, “Mormonism is Truth.” He encouraged the Saints to let truth […]

For My Wife And Children: Why People Doubt

This letter (I did not author this) was done with Charity and not drawing the conclusion for others but sharing the messiness of Mormonism that compels us to re-evaluate our narrative. I am hoping this will be seen as informative and helping others to bridge conversations and to see why folks lose faith without being […]

244: Why They Leave

In this episode we discuss the ‘NONES’.  What are the reasons people are leaving the institutional Church in droves and how does this fit in with Mormonism.  We use a podcast episode from Progressive Spirit, titled “David Kinnaman, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving the Church…and Rethinking Faith”.  In the episode the results […]

239: Richard Ostler – Ministry of Love

Today I sit down with Richard Ostler.  Just released as the Bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward, Richard sits down with us to share what it means to be inclusive and to love without limits.  He recently was featured in Jana Riess’ column titled “What one bishop offers Mormons who don’t ‘know’ the church […]

235: What My Faith Journey Taught Me

My shelf crashed around the age of 32.  I was serving as a Bishop well late into my second year of that calling.  No one knew…. not my Stake President, not my counselors, not even my wife.  I had many a sleepless nights and tried every solution I could to find the kind of peace […]

POST: The Dominant Narrative Is Not True

Richard Bushman recently said “The dominant narrative is not true”.  Essentially that the story Mormonism has told about itself is not holding up to scholarship and critical thinking.  One has to wonder what Bro. Bushman meant.  Today I wanted to venture to guess both exploring what I think are the greatest contradictions in Mormonism’s narrative […]

232: Jon Ogden – When Mormons Doubt

Today I sit down with Jon Ogden, author of “When Mormons Doubt: A Way To Save Relationships And Seek A Quality Life”.  We talk about his own journey as well as the book.  We discuss his premise that Truth and Beauty are different and that truth is often confused for beauty and that each has […]

POST: Questions Are To Be Honored

“God’s kingdom, where questions are honored” – Elder Oaks       HERE ARE MY 20+ SINCERE QUESTIONS I HOPE YOU WILL HONOR BY ANSWERING EACH OF THEM AS THEY ARE. These are sincere questions I have that would go a long way to resolve my doubt and even more my frustration.  It doesn’t even matter what the […]

165: Revisiting Our Bad Days

Today Ryan Boothe sits down with me and we rehash the “Our Bad Days” episode to delve deeper into some of the emotion that was being shared.  Ryan is asking the questions today and he leads the conversation like a master interviewer.  We discuss my frustration and why I in part blame the church.  We […]

164: Blake Ostler: Wise Pearls

Today we sit down with LDS philosopher Blake Ostler.  His is the author of many books including his newest “Fire On The Horizon” Blake Ostler has published widely on Mormon philosophy in professional academic philosophy journals such as Religious Studies (Oxford, England), International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (Netherlands), and Element: The Journal of […]

159: Steven Garff: Gottman’s Ratio

Today we sit down with Steven Garff, a listener to the podcast, and discuss why people leave the Church.  We examine the age old reasons and dismiss them one by one as unsatisfactory as a overarching explanation.  We then delve into a theory that does explain the whole and how it impacts the question of why […]

142: The Flood and its Barriers to Faith

Today we talk about the Flood.  Noah, the Ark, the animals, etc….  The trouble with this topic is that a Global Flood seems so unreasonable and full of problems and a local flood is full of deep glitches as well.  We attempt to talk about both sides, sift through the problems and contradictions and see if we […]