Continuing our themes of interviewing past guests from some of our most popular and impactful interviews and showcasing alternative spiritual paths for post-Mormons, we interview Shawn McCraney who first appeared on Mormon Stories in February 2010 to discuss his experience as a “Born-Again Mormon.” Shawn currently leads a church in Murray, Utah called C.A.M.P.U.S. and has continued the ministry through a weekly streaming service, called Heart of the Matter. Shawn is widely known for his bold and sometimes bare-knuckled approach when comparing Mormonism to Christianity, and given his reputation as an animated and articulate speaker, this interview will keep you entertained and even inspired.
In this interview we cover:
- Part 1: Shawn provides a brief recap of his born-again experience, and then discusses the meteoric rise, and ultimately descent of his tv program Heart of the Matter after he confronted local Utah Christian churches for focusing more on programs and tithes, and less on the Bible. According to Shawn, these churches were providing the same “bondage” to people as the Mormon Church was.
- Part 2: This segment of the interview is a conversation focusing on Shawn’s theology and beliefs, and Shawn provides a pitch for why a questioning Mormon or post-Mormon should seek the Jesus of the Bible
- Part 3: Shawn describes the “bondage” he sees when local churches focus more on “religion” and less on the teachings of Jesus. After our interview with the South Mountain Community Church earlier this year, Shawn voiced concerns to Mormon Stories about our visit and in this segment, we engage in a respectful dialogue about churches such as SMCC and how they serve their congregants.
If you missed our recent release where roles reversed and Shawn interviewed John, you may find that here.