Mormon Awakenings: Episode 023: God Magic, Spiritual Experiences and the Paranormal.

Jack Naneek and Bill Reel sit down to discuss spiritual experiences, telepathy, healing, and precognition.  Priesthood, truth claims, and exclusive rights to wield God magic are considered.  The first half of life is compared with the second half of life.  Literalism, symbology, and personal spiritual guidance are analyzed.  Yes.  It’s a long episode!  But, in […]

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: Episode 017: It Ain’t So Binary

Jack Naneek discusses a monk’s enlightenment as he walks through the market.  Our binary world is examined and compared with the less binary views of the East. Maybe the atonement represents a transition between the two? In the end, we realize we might be able to understand life as more than just a series of […]

279: Rabbit Holes and Upcoming Events

The episode starts with sharing upcoming events we are planning then dives into the episode “Rabbit Holes” Alice was encouraged into the rabbit hole but once she entered there was no turning back.  In Mormonism too there are rabbit holes and they too never end where we expected.  As we look at the question of […]

274: Safe and Unsafe Boundaries in Mormonism

Today we hit on Boundaries.  Healthy boundaries and more specifically unhealthy boundaries.  We use the example of a Bishop’s interview with a youth.  We directly talk about the distorted boundaries in this interaction but we also speak about how distorted boundaries travel with us through life and set up a relaxed and blind trust in […]

268: The Spiritual Trauma of Mormonism

****Episode Warning**** : This episode discusses in a raw way  the trauma and abuse in Mormonism.  For those who feel triggered by such a conversation please avoid or at least avoid listening to this alone.  This episode should be listened with others who honor and validate your faith journey.  People whom you can press pause […]

237: The Beauty That Is Mormonism

A shift in my public tone has occurred.  That tone has been below the surface for some time.  I worry that listeners may be turned off by what they perceive as my having gone off the reservation in terms of faithfulness.  I fear people in such a perception may feel one less place of sanctuary […]

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 […]

227: Warning Signs of an Unsafe Group

This one was painful to do.  Yet if we are ever going to become Zion we need to be able to honestly look at ourselves in the mirror.  Do we have the traits of an unsafe group?  Do we have a safe space for folks to develop faith within?  Today I tackle what general warning […]

184: Robert Kirby: Pancake Sunday

Today I sit down with the Salt Lake Tribunes’s funny man Robert Kirby.  We talk about his life, how he ended up at the Tribune, how he has handled his own faith transition, and lastly we discuss pancakes.   We hit on his humor as a tool and coping mechanism in his life and what […]

171: Special Episode – Bill Reel: Mormonism My Way

Today Chris Bloxham sits down with Bill Reel for a little turn of the tables.  Bill is asked directly What his Mormonism looks like after having reconstructed it.  Bill tackles the tough questions and holds nothing back.  You want to meet Mormonism’s Historical Reality face to face and make it work, here’s one framework with […]