Mythical Jesus: 020: Those Who Sit With You

Today we are Mark chapter 3:20-34.  Jesus does something strange in these verses which is to seem to push back against his family and welcome in those who sit with him as family.   This event feels uncomfortable to us.  This feels anti-Jesus and yet there is a great lesson to be learned here.  That while […]

Cognitive Dissidents: 009: Doubt and the Internet

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast, Host Bill Reel tackles the religious mechanism of faith leaders discouraging research into their faiths claims and history from outside sources.  Whether that is asking a church member to not trust the internet, not trust unauthorized sources, or even asking them to disassociate from friends and family who ask […]

283: The Prophet Will Not Lead The Church Astray

Today we take the phrase “The Lord will not permit the prophet to lead the Church astray” and dissect it.  What do orthodox members believe that means?  What does history tell us?  What have leaders said?  And in the end Can we have confidence and trust in the answers we get from Prophets, from our […]

194: Trust in the Dual Power of The Atonement

On Sunday January 24th I will have given a sacrament talk on the subject of the atonement.  I have released an audio rehearsal of that talk the night before giving it.  This is tied and hence repeats much of what is said in the premium episode “Nephi’s Faith Transition” but also covers other ground.  I […]