The Troubling Christ

This is an approximate transcription of a talk I gave in church today (Easter) at the Pioneer 2nd ward in Provo, Utah. Many parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ …

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‘Michael McLean discusses “The Forgotten Carols” and his own decade of struggle with faith’

I spoke with Michael McLean about his career as an LDS artist and his struggles with faith: Over 25 years now, more than 1 million people have seen Michael McLean’s …

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‘”Moana” scores another win for Disney with both warmth and wisdom’

I reviewed “Moana”: With “Moana,” Disney has crafted a story that centers on a complex question: How can an individual member of a close community — any close community — …

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‘Another side of Brigham: One-man show shares new side to “Lion of the Lord”‘

I wrote a feature on a one-man show about Brigham Young: James Arrington has heard what people have said, and he wants to show the second president of The Church …

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‘Jenny Oaks Baker and children to perform SCERA concerts’

I wrote a profile of violinist Jenny Oaks Baker: Before taking the last name Baker, the violinist formerly known as Jenny Oaks released her first album, “On Wings of Song,” …

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‘”Facing East” explores rift in LGBT, LDS community’

I wrote a feature on a production of “Facing East”: Exactly one year after the public become aware of a policy change in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

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’31st annual “Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah” showcases spiritual perspectives

I wrote about an art exhibit in Springville: If you’re searching for a respite from the 2016 Presidential campaign, the Springville Museum of Art has a new exhibit just for …

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‘Tyler Glenn talks “Excommunication” and making music out of a crisis of faith in “What Say Ye?” podcast’

I produced this podcast episode, along with Court Mann: After months of controversial music video releases critical of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Neon Trees frontman Tyler …

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‘The “What Say Ye?” podcast: The story of Mykel and Carli, Weezer’s most legendary fans’

I produced this audio documentary with Court Mann: Fairly astounding and somewhat forgotten, the story of Mykel and Carli Allan is equal parts inspiring and tragic. The two sisters, whose …

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‘”Spirit of the Game” delivers on half its title’s promise’

I reviewed “Spirit of the Game”: “Spirit of the Game” belongs in the category of Mormon cinema that strives more to tell a story about Mormon characters than it does …

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‘Desert Star brings parody musical “Ghostblasters” to the stage’

I wrote a feature on “Ghostblasters” at Desert Star Playhouse: At Desert Star Playhouse, patrons get musical theater with a few twists: live musical accompaniment, audience participation, post-show olios featuring …

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‘The Skinny: On the songwriting careers of apostles’

In this “Skinny,” I discussed the songwriting careers of LDS apostles: When I discovered that Elder David A. Bednar, apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was …

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‘A new twist on Mormon cinema: “The Next Door” goes neo-noir’

I spoke with the co-writer/director of the short film “The Next Door”: If Richard Dutcher is known as the “father of Mormon cinema,” audiences in 2016 will meet one of …

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‘”The Other Side of Heaven” finds new home on iTunes after 15 years’

I spoke with the director and subject for the 2001 film, “The Other Side of Heaven”: Before he was Elder John H. Groberg, a general authority for The Church of …

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‘”Nunsense” opens at the SCERA Center for the Arts’

I wrote a feature on “Nunsense” at the SCERA Center for the Arts: It sounds like the setup of a joke: A bunch of Mormons walk into a Catholic play …

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‘New album from Paul Cardall includes collaboration with LDS apostle’

I wrote this story about a collaboration between a composer and an LDS apostle: While on the phone with composer Paul Cardall discussing his forthcoming album, “A New Creation,” out …

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‘Broadway’s Laura Osnes and singer Mark Masri to perform at SCERA with Utah Valley Symphony’

I wrote about a visit by Laura Osnes and Mark Masri to Orem: Tony-nominated Broadway performer Laura Osnes and classical/crossover tenor Mark Masri will both return to Utah on Saturday …

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‘Tyler Glenn releases new song from upcoming solo album, “Excommunication”‘

I wrote about a new song release by Tyler Glenn: Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn released a new song Friday, “Shameless,” which will be on his first solo album, …

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‘Pain of polygamy still lingers in LDS lives, new book asserts’

I spoke with author Carol Lynn Pearson about her new book about Mormon polygamy: A new book by prominent Mormon author Carol Lynn Pearson explores — and condemns — former …

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‘The Next Mormons’

I was a featured guest on this episode: Standout Mormon author, scholar, and commentator Jana Riess is working on her next book, which will focus on Mormonism’s “Millennial” generation (those …

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‘Prepare to meet some more Mormons’

I wrote a feature on some additions made to the LDS promotional film, “Meet the Mormons”: “Meet the Mormons,” the documentary-style feature film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ …

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‘The “What Say Ye?” podcast: Bianca and Davey Morrison Dillard on rogue Shakespeare and taking Adam and Eve personally’

I produced this podcast episode, along with Court Mann: Adam and Eve? More like Davey and Bianca, am I right? The local husband-and-wife duo (last name: Morrison Dillard) tackle a …

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‘Thousands gather for 50th anniversary of popular Mormon Miracle Pageant’

I wrote a feature on the 50th anniversary of the Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant: While visiting Manti in Sanpete County during its two-week period of the Mormon Miracle Pageant, there’s …

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‘Mormons Respond to Tyler Glenn’s Controversial “Trash” Music Video’

I was a featured guest on this episode: In this episode five Mormons (Dr. Jana Riess, Samy Galvez, Dr. Kristy Money, Derrick Clements, and Samantha Louise Shelley) discuss, explore, and interpret Tyler Glenn’s new and controversial …

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‘The Skinny: Talking “Trash”‘

In this “Skinny,” I discuss Tyler Glenn’s song and music video, “Trash”: Talking “Trash”: When Tyler Glenn released the music video for his new single on Friday morning, it was impossible for …

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‘Everything’s coming up “Saturday’s Warrior” at SCERA’

I wrote an advance on “Saturday’s Warrior,” produced at the SCERA in Orem: Before Broadway’s Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, there were Elder Kestler and Elder Greene. Continue

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‘The Skinny: Mormon art needs messiness’

In this “Skinny,” I discuss Mormon art: Needing messiness: When I spoke with “Saturday’s Warrior” creator Lex de Azevedo last week, much of our conversation, and the resulting article in The …

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‘Review of “Saturday’s Warrior,” or, an open letter to my friend Greg’

I reviewed the “Saturday’s Warrior” film: Dear Greg, Last night, we spoke on Twitter about the new “Saturday’s Warrior” movie, which is opening in select Utah theaters Friday, and which …

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‘”Saturday’s Warrior” receives cinematic punch-up’

I spoke with the creator of “Saturday’s Warrior” and wrote about its place in Mormon art in light of the new film version: Mormon cinema may have had a “father” …

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‘Caffeinated Confessions with Bengt Washburn and friends’

I told a story on stage at a comedy show: Bengt Washburn is joined by Christian Pieper, Spence Roper, Abigail Harrison and story teller Derrick Clements for an evening of …

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