Mormon Awakenings: Episode 019: Not Invented Here!

Jack Naneek tackles failure and criticism, pointing out that it’s usually the source of the our greatest learning.  More important, however, is the stepping back to decide whether any criticism from the outside is even worth considering.  A Research and Development Department for the Church is suggested.  In the end, we realize Joseph Smith just […]

Mormon Awakenings: 008: Points vs Grace

Jack Naneek examines the little discussed topic of grace.  A fictional stake president’s death is used as an illustration.  Two churches and two brothers are discussed as are the unexpected roads leading to the celestial kingdom.  In the end, the law is seen for what it is: a signpost to deeper experiences of grace.  

Mormon Awakenings: 007: The Old Guard

  Jack Naneek reviews the tension between the old guard and the young upstarts. The old guard is smarter than we give them credit for being, and the young upstarts are often not as prepared as they should be. Literalism is compared with the power of metaphor. In the end, we learn that mastery of […]

Mormon Awakenings: 006: A Technological Awakening

Jack Naneek explores the technological hijacking.  Awakening from the grip of our devices isn’t so different, in turns out, from a more general awakening.  Street signs are explored and our worship of them is discussed, as well as some of the sacred cows inside our own religion! In the end we learn the difference between […]

Mormon Awakenings: 005: Being “Supposed to” Driven

Jack Naneek explores the mind, and how it reconciles the “should be” with the “actually is.”  The iron rod, enduring to the end, and life as a test of wills is discussed, but we learn eternal progress trumps all.  So whether you’re an orthodox perfectionist, or a disillusioned malcontent, hopefully you’ll realize in the end […]

Mormon Awakenings: 004: Playing The Lord Card

Jack Naneek tackles church culture and its origins in the story of Lehi and his family.  Laman and Lemuel and murmuring are explored and compared to the playing of the “Lord Card.” Two funerals are mentioned, but it isn’t all tears and sadness.  In the end, you’ll have a better sense of what your own […]

Mormon Awakenings: 002: Getting Job

Guest host Jack Naneek shares with us a podcast episode titled “Getting Job”.  What are the lessons we find in the Book of Job.  When we get below the surface of the stories we always tell ourselves is there something more in this book of scripture?  The book of Job is a strange unusual story […]

Mormon Awakenings: 001: The Lone Villager

Guest host Jack Naneek shares with us a podcast episode titled “The Lone Villager”.  This episode seeks for us to not only recognize and validate that there are issues in Mormonism but that there are issues in life.  That we can either put those issues in a backpack and carry this heavy load everywhere putting […]