521–524: The Enneagram for Mormons

Dan Wotherspoon Communication, Community, Disaffection, Faith Development, God, Mormon Culture, Mormon Life, Spirituality 4 Comments

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for coming to know ourselves and others. Emerging in the mid-twentieth century and refined during the ensuing years, interest …

519–520: (Encore) The Living Nature of Mormon Covenants

Dan Wotherspoon Baptism, Covenants, God, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Ordinances, Temple 2 Comments

This is an encore presentation of an important and still very relevant two-part episode first released on 24 April 2017. Covenanting is a huge feature …

501: Centering in God: Experiences and Insights from the Living School for Action and Contemplation

Dan Wotherspoon Activism, Christianity, Community, Faith Development, God, Grief and Suffering, Jesus Christ, Prayer 4 Comments

This episode features reflections on a wonderful experience the two panelists and I shared this past week in Albuquerque, NM. All three of us—Jana Spangler, …

483: The Prayer Wheel: “An Early Christian Handheld Device”

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Scripture 3 Comments

At Mormon Matters we will occasionally focus on the importance of sticking with (though often with changed forms) spiritual practices even while in the midst …

438–440: Prayers for the New Year

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, God, Jesus Christ Leave a Comment

Happy New Year, Mormon Matters listeners! To start 2018, I asked many of my friends if they would consider writing prayers for the new year …

401–402: The Uncontrolling Love of God—Talking Theology and Community, and Meeting a Fellow Traveler in Thomas Jay Oord

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Theology 6 Comments

This two-part episode features a wonderful conversation with Thomas Jay Oord, an author, teacher, theologian, and elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jim McLachlan …

390–392: Mormon Women Gaining Spiritual Confidence within a Patriarchal Church

Dan Wotherspoon Women 8 Comments

The title of this three-part episode says quite a bit about it. Several weeks ago, Mormon Matters released a conversation, “Gaining Spiritual Confidence,” featuring three men sharing …

382–383: The Living Nature of Mormon Covenants

Dan Wotherspoon Covenants 6 Comments

Covenanting is a huge feature of Mormon theology and group life. Beginning at age eight with baptism, and extending through the temple endowment and sealing …

365: More on the Mormon God (with help from Process Theology)

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 32 Comments

In somewhat of a continuation of our previous episodes (363 & 364), Jim McLachlan and Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon are joined by David Ray Griffin, a world-renowned philosopher and theologian …

363–364: Mormonism’s Wonderful, Vulnerable God

Dan Wotherspoon God 20 Comments

For many who find themselves in the middle of a faith crisis, casting about for new footing and ways of orienting to life and others, …

329: Addiction and Recovery Series—Part 4: Being an Addict and Mormon

Dan Wotherspoon Addiction 1 Comment

This episode, the fourth in the Mormon Matters series on Addiction and Recovery, features the stories and insights of two wonderful people, James Cottrell and …

230: The Mormon God

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 19 Comments

Mormons have several quite distinctive views of God, but do most Mormons realize it? In almost every theological area, ranging from the nature of God …

182–183: Is Mormonism’s God Worthy of Worship?

Dan Wotherspoon God, Theology 31 Comments

Mormonism has a distinctive view of God that differs quite a bit from that of traditional theism. And though we as Latter-day Saints recognize and …

157–158: C.S. Lewis and Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Theology 22 Comments

C.S. Lewis is a towering twentieth-century figure, known especially as an author of fiction and meditations on Christianity and the work of God in human …

139: A Beautiful Vision of Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 17 Comments

This episode was planned to be an exploration of the joys and perils of being a public face of Mormonism, especially as a woman, and …

89–90: Latter-day Saint “Mid-Singles” Experience

Dan Wotherspoon Marriage, Sexuality 88 Comments

The LDS Church recently restructured its “singles” wards, effectively shutting them off to unmarried people who are 31 years old or above. In many ways, …