Tara Jean Stevens was a teenager when a bizarre spiritual movement spread to her childhood church in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Worshipers were laughing uncontrollably, shaking, and falling to the ground. Some even claimed that gold teeth miraculously appeared in their mouths. In season 1, join Tara Jean as she begins her exploration of the “Toronto Blessing”. In season 2, she tracks the spread of this movement to Bethel Church, in Redding, California. Today, Bethel is one of the largest and most unusual churches in America. What goes on inside its bewildering School of Supernatural Ministry? Is Bethel as powerful as its critics believe it to be? And, during the COVID-19 pandemic, why are its most high-profile leaders defying public health orders? Heaven Bent: an examination of divine intervention.
The Freedom To Worship
In defiance of COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings and public singing, a Billboard charting worship leader from Redding, California launches a national, outdoor worship tour. Thousands of people show up at nearly every stop, and there’s barely ever a mask in sight. Is Sean Feucht a superspreader? Join Tara Jean Stevens, as she begins her … Continue reading "S2E1: The Freedom To Worship"
The Modern Prophetic Tour
You’ve never met. So, how does he know your phone number? Your children’s names? And what you do for work? On this final season 1 bonus episode, join Tara Jean Stevens as she takes a deeper look into the controversial ministry of prophet Shawn Bolz – a “pioneer” in the Apostolic Prophetic Movement.
Season 2: Inside America’s Most Unusual Church
Supernatural healings. Gold dust falling from the ceiling. Resurrections. Bethel Church, in Redding, California, is one of the largest and most unusual churches in America. What goes on inside its bewildering School of Supernatural Ministry? Is Bethel as powerful as its critics believe it to be? And, during the COVID-19 pandemic, why are its most … Continue reading "Season 2: Inside America’s Most Unusual Church"
The Most Evil Person Ever
Fire tunnels, gold dust, and a mysterious silver fleck. On this season 1 bonus episode: Tara Jean Stevens’ candid conversation with Bruce Vanden Berg. Like Tara Jean, he was once involved with the Toronto Blessing movement. Today, he has fond memories of his time with the church, but there also came a day when he knew … Continue reading "The Most Evil Person Ever"
Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek
A divided community in the desert. A prophet with total power. A battle over family, home, and the limits of religious freedom. Unfinished: Short Creek, is the latest investigative true crime podcast from Witness Docs, and Critical Frequency. Short Creek, located on the Utah/Arizona border, is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of … Continue reading "Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek"
The Gold Teeth
In March of 1999, more than 300 Christians claimed that gold teeth or fillings had miraculously appeared in their mouths. Can any of these “dental miracles” be verified? On this episode of Heaven Bent, Tara Jean Stevens returns to her childhood church in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to find out. Also, on this final episode … Continue reading "S1E5: The Gold Teeth"
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Worth the listen. The host does come across genuine and that kept my attention. As for those low ratings, people are getting too worked up. I didn’t feel the podcast attacked anyone and represented the questionable events with respect. In fact, I haven’t listened to any “controversial” podcast that was handled MORE respectfully than this one. A part of an open and healthy mind is being able to entertain different ideas and thoughts without accepting them as your own. I enjoyed the quest for truth and don’t have to agree with closing statements that religion is unnecessary in order to still enjoy the work put into it. Thank you!
I appreciate all the different viewpoints given in this podcast, and the ending statement pulled it all together nicely. Great job!
Old Timey Radio Production
The topic and pacing seem good, but I couldn’t get past all the NOISE. There are constantly 2-5 sounds competing at once, from the narrator to music to sound effects. It’s like they just paid for the deluxe subscription to Chintzy Foley Library and want to get their money’s worth. We do not need extended fax machine noises when you mention a fax machine.
The best part was when the host repeated everything an interviewee just said because she thought the noisy congregation made him hard to hear. 1. He was actually not hard to hear. 2. If you feel you have to repeat everything verbatim, don’t waste our time on the clip. 3. You are aware that background noise can be distracting and detrimental? Hmm, that’s interesting. Seems like a concept you might apply to... YOUR WHOLE PODCAST?