100 episodes

Conversations at the intersection of faith and true crime hosted by private investigator and church safety advocate Lori Morrison.

The Unlovely Truth Lori Morrison

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Conversations at the intersection of faith and true crime hosted by private investigator and church safety advocate Lori Morrison.

    The Yeast of the Pharisees: S611

    The Yeast of the Pharisees: S611

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Former Christian School teacher arrested, charged with several kidnappings, armed robberies and a carjacking
    Church treasurer steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from church
    Pastor steals churches. Not FROM churches, but steals actual churches
     
    Our Scripture passage for this episode:
     
    Luke 12:1b-3
     
    “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy. The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!”
     
    Jesus had just spent the last part of the preceding chapter reminding his disciples how Israel’s  religious leader had rejected their long awaited Messiah. He pronounces several “woes” on these leaders - one being that they tithe but neglect justice. Sometimes we do the same thing, don’t we? We give our money to the church but we’d rather not look to closely at things that make us uneasy. When we do that, are we being hypocrites just like the Pharisses? Will we be held to account when secrets are eventually revealed and we could’ve done something to stop injustice but we didn’t? That’s a little scary to me - no, actually it’s a lot scary. Scarier than stepping up to call out injustices we see. I’m ready to speak up more - are you with me?

    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
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    Former church school teacher turned felon
     
    Church treasurer helps himself
     
    Pastor steals churches

    • 12 min
    What Does Your Safety Leadership Team Look Like? S6E10

    What Does Your Safety Leadership Team Look Like? S6E10

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety coach Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
    How teamwork solved a church burglary
    A man’s battle to address his clergy abusers’ actions
    How SBC churches can more effectively combat abuse 
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Teamwork solves a church burglary
     
    Man writes a memoir about his abuse by a priest
     
    What's up with the SBC sexual abuse task force?
     
    Let’s look at some wisdom from the Book of Proverbs this week.
     
    Proverbs 11:14 NLT
    “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”
     
    Proverbs chapter 11 has a lot to say about people who reject wisdom, and things generally don’t go well for them. But those who seek righteousness gain blessings and are a blessing to others. When it comes to keeping your environment safe, whether it’s an entire nation or just your congregation, it’s best to have a lot of input when making policies and procedures for how you will protect your flock.
     
    Are you including advisors of different ages, from different ministries in the church? Are you asking for help from professionals in the church safety arena? Are you working together to make decisions as a group, or does a very small number of people - or maybe even just one person - wield all of the power? If you’re not sure, I hope you’ll ask how your church does things and maybe even volunteer to help make it the safest place in your community.
     
    Let me know what you think of this episode! Send me an email at lori@theunlovelytruth.com or message me on social media. I love it when people are willing to have hard, but impactful conversations that strengthen physical, emotional, and spiritual safety at the intersection of faith and true crime.

    • 10 min
    Church Should Be a Safe Place for Victims - Not Perps: S6E9

    Church Should Be a Safe Place for Victims - Not Perps: S6E9

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety coach Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    According to LifeWay Research, barely half of churches run background checks on staff members who work with the church’s kids
    Leaders at a church admit that one of their staff members engaged in behavior that was “inappropriate.” Yet they have kept him on staff.
    A former administrator at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas stands accused of attempting to interfere with a grand jury investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention’s handling of sexual abuse
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
    How many churches do background checks on staff and people who work woth kids?
     
    Why is this guy still on a church staff?
     
    Former seminary admin indicted on federal charges
     

    • 13 min
    Can You Trust Your Church Leaders? S6E8

    Can You Trust Your Church Leaders? S6E8

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
    Highlights from this episode include:
    Churches aren’t immune to being targeted by scammers
    Priest alledgedly used $40,000 of church’s money to play online games
    Pastor accused of using money he obtained by fraud to remodel home

    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Churches face texting scam
     
    More texting scam info
     
    Priest accused of using church money for online gaming addiction
     
    Pastor says he did what God told him, authorities call it fraud
     
    More on crypto fraud case

    • 10 min
    Concealed Truth: Peeling Back the Lies We Tell Ourselves; S5E7

    Concealed Truth: Peeling Back the Lies We Tell Ourselves; S5E7

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Mother’s Day “gift” to churches that no one wants
    Pedophile priest says abuse “...wasn’t a big deal in those days…”
    We may have made an idol out of the modern worship music machine
     
    This week in each of our cases, someone was trying to hide something evil. The Bible is pretty clear on how well that’s going to work out.
     
    Luke 8:17 NLT
     
    For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
     
    I know there are all kinds of reasons to try to hide what we’ve done individually, as a ministry, and even as an entire church. We are embarrassed, we want to escape the consequences of our actions, and sometimes it’s because we want to be able to continue the behavior even though we know it’s wrong.
     
    When a church does this, the reason is often cloaked in very noble-sounding words: we don’t want to harm the witness of the church. We want to keep up our reputation. We don’t want to tarnigh the name of Jeus.  I’m sorry, but that’s all a load of crap. I’m going to be very bold here and say that the people who are saying this are complicit in the abuse of victims. It’s very spiritually abusive to act as though what a victim has gone through deserves less care that the reputation of the abuser or the church does. 
     
    I’ll climb down off my soapbox now, ut I hope I’ve given you something to think about. Something to challenge your own church leaders about. Because the church should be working for the glory of God and for the people it serves, not the people it put into leadership positions. 
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode   
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Bomb threats to churches
     
    Priest says abuse is no big deal
     
    Hillsong settlement falls apart

    • 11 min
    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues: S6E6

    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues: S6E6

    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues
     
    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Church daycare faces lawsuit alleging abuse
    Poor communication damages a church’s reputation
    Multiple lawsuits against church for coverup
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my coaching services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode (w/link)
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    More info on the church daycare lawsuit
     
    FBI investigates children's pastor
     
    Did church cover up abuse?

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Hooks2Crook ,

I know her well!

Thank you Lori for your bravery to shed light on difficult stories. Season 4 Episode 4 is powerful and offers hope throughout both ladies stories. Again thank you so much for being a PI (person of impact.)❤️

Lori A from Texas ,

Fascinating, Enlightening,

I only recently discovered this podcast, but I am so thankful I did. I appreciate how the host shares stories of true crimes with insight and sensitivity, bring forth a spiritual truth as she does. I enjoy hearing from the Private Investigator perspective, but even more so I enjoy hearing from a Person of Impact perspective.

TJM in TN ,

Excellent podcast

Well communicated and interesting while shedding light on unsolved cases and some everyday situations we all need to be on guard for.
💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

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