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.
S2E8: The Heart Of Bethel
In the final episode this season, what’s truly at the heart of Bethel Church, in Redding, California? And, is it a cult?
S2E7: The Devil Himself
The eye-opening evolution of the image of Satan in the Evangelical Church. Plus, what does the Devil have to do with the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. If you ask the leaders of Bethel Church, in Redding, California. The answer is a whole Hell of a lot.
S2E6: The Once Gays
Can God cure someone of their homosexual desires? Tara Jean Stevens explores “conversion therapy” and the “ex-gay” movement, within Bethel Church.
S2E5: The Outbreak
A COVID-19 outbreak at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry makes national headlines. And, Sean Feucht’s “Let Us Worship” tour hits Washington, DC. Is he right? Could this be a “tipping point for revival in America”? And how about his critics? Will this be the superspreader event they’re dreading?
S2E4: The Power To Heal
At Bethel Church, they believe in the power to heal the sick and raise the dead. What could possibly go wrong?
S2E3: The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry
What happens at Bethel’s bewildering School of Supernatural Ministry? And how do they plan to keep students safe as they return to class during the COVID-19 pandemic?
It's good is a perfect explanation
Tara Jean Stephens makes a valid attempt at being neutral and fair to both side of the question she is trying to answer. Sometimes, I do find myself frustrated at a bias here and there, but it is clear she is trying to avoid that. For example the episode in season 2 on the Bethel and the Covid protocols I was unable to finish, but that is the exception, not the rule with this podcast. I reccomend this podcast as informative and fair, and I say that as a Christian who has also run in the Charasmatic circles as she once did and have come out with a much different perspective. This is a Good Podcast that I look foward to more season of.
Tone suggests bias
I really wanted to like this podcast, started in season two. I could not get through the first episode because the narrators tone which suggests her own opinion in a way that a listener who may share another opinion would feel uncomfortable listening to. I was looking forward to an unbiased view of Bethel church so that I could make my own opinion based on the research she obviously worked hard on. Just another disappointment on these Apple podcast.
While the first season was interesting, she seems to make a half hearted effort to be unbiased but fails dismally. Much of the second season was extremely run of the mill, un-unique, COVID political.