The Scriptures Are Real

by Kerry Muhlestein

The Scriptures Are Real (TSAR) with Kerry Muhlestein is a podcast where we look at elements of the scriptures that have become real to us. We interview both experts (people with language, archaeological, historical backgrounds, etc.), and lay folks, and explore times when the scriptures became real to them. This is done from the viewpoint of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that there is re ...   ...  Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • S3 E46 The Path to Spiritual Rebirth Revealed with Andrew Skinner (Alma 5-7)

    S3 E46 The Path to Spiritual Rebirth Revealed with Andrew Skinner (Alma 5-7)

    Go to TSAR.website to access the incredible content Kerry spoke of in the podcast. In this episode Kerry and Andy explore the profound and piercing questions raised by Alma the Younger in Alma 5. They go through Alma's past, and how it got him to where he could understand and ask those questions. They also discuss the way Alma's questions help us become truly reborn, and the role that Christ and His atoning blood play in that. They focus on how real this can be for all of us and how we can make rebirth a continual part of our lives. We are grateful for our sponsors, and for our producer, BJ Muhlestein, and for Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast.

  • S3 E45 Hidden Religious Politics and What You Never Realized about Nephite Kingship, Christ and Your Sins

    S3 E45 Hidden Religious Politics and What You Never Realized about Nephite Kingship, Christ and Your Sins

    In this episode Daniel Belnap and Kerry discuss elements of Nephite kingship and society that most people don't ever think of. They talk about the merging of Mulekite and Nephite cultures and the role that Davidic kingship played in that merge, and how we see echoes and ramifications of that throughout Nephite history. They also talk about how it impacts what happens in the various stories of the Book of Mosiah, and in the life of King Mosiah. They then tie this into your sins and Christ and forgiveness. We are grateful for our sponsors, and for our producer BJ Muhlestein, and for Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast.

  • S3E44 Can you Overpower Christ's Desire to Forgive You?

    S3E44 Can you Overpower Christ's Desire to Forgive You?

    In this episode Aaron Shumway and Kerry discuss the powerful story of those who struggle with sin and being forgiven in several Book of Mormon stories, such as the church in Alma the Elder's day and the story of Alma the Younger. They discuss what this has to do with us in our lives, and the Savior's unrelenting, unending desire and ability to forgive us. They draw lessons from the power of the stories of forgiveness that are incredibly relevant for us today. We are grateful for our sponsors, and for our produce, BJ Muhlestein, and to Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast

  • S3 E43 Melinda Brown on the Power of Truly Being in Covenant (week of May 20)

    S3 E43 Melinda Brown on the Power of Truly Being in Covenant (week of May 20)

    For more lectures and other events, join sparcproject.org In this episode Kerry and Melinda Brown discuss what happens to Alma's community as they make a covenant with Christ. They show an inclusio in Mosiah 18 that helps us better understand the chapter. They look at what we covenant at baptism and explore what that really means, and how it happens for us today. They also discuss the importance of sacred places. They tie all of this into what it means to be on the covenant path. We are grateful for our sponsor, Lisa Spice, and other anonymous donors. We are also grateful for our amazing producer, BJ Muhlestein, and for Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast.

  • S3 E42 The Power of Christ's Peace as Taught by Abinadi and Stephen Smoot (week of May 13)

    S3 E42 The Power of Christ's Peace as Taught by Abinadi and Stephen Smoot (week of May 13)

    For great additional content that will bless your life, join us at TSAR.website! You can get help understanding the Isaiah passages in this reading by buying Kerry's book "Learning to Love Isaiah." In this episode Kerry and Stephen discuss Abinadi's teachings. They go over the story to help us understand Abinadi and the power of his story. They then delve into the doctrine Abinadi teaches, especially how he teaches us about Christ and Christ's mission and how Christ is the Father and how He is the Son. This includes understanding something about Isaiah and how Abinadi uses Isaiah. Kerry references an article by John Gee, as found in https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol1/iss1/4/. We are grateful for our sponsor, Lisa Spice, and other anonymous donors. We are also grateful for our amazing producer, BJ Muhlestein, and for Rich Nicholls, who composed and plays the music for the podcast.