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The sons of light are joined by Darren Colwel and Ben Hyink. Both are church planting pastors at Covenant Grace Church in Syracuse, Utah. They joined us to discuss Covenant Theology. We think our conversation will be helpful to Latter-day Saints or post-Latter-day Saints seeking to understand the Bible and theology more fully. You can find out more…
 
This episode wraps the discussion the sons of light had on priesthood. Here they cover questions around placing oneself under the authority of local church leaders, whether or not they have more confidence without the LDS priesthood, what they would say to a Latter-day Saint who claims that exclusive LDS priesthood authority is necessary for ordina…
 
Episode 93 is a love letter to Hyper Light Drifter, a game that unexpectedly perfects the "super hard post-apocalyptic ambient hack and slash" genre that has rose to prominence on the strength of games like Dark Souls, Breath of the Wild and Nier. Joined by returning guest Justin, we break down how HLD delivers on the promise of those games in a wa…
 
As I do periodically, I decided to make an episode of our Patreon-exclusive bonus show Zero Brightness Plus available to everyone - this one, specifically, because it will give you some helpful background for tomorrow's episode. If you like what you hear, you can subscribe at patreon.com/zerobrightness and get episodes like this once per week!…
 
The sons of light continue their discussion of the LDS and Christian views of priesthood. The questions this time cover topics of worthiness, the perception that Latter-day Saints have that Christians lack authority, local church leadership in the churches Paul, Matthew, and Michael attend, and trusting church leadership after Mormonism.…
 
The sons of light begin a discussion of the LDS view of priesthood. Here they tackle questions about their experiences in the LDS Church with priesthood, what it meant to them and their families, as well as the LDS Church hierarchy. Trigger Warning: The last twenty minutes or so of this episode contain discussion of sensitive topics. We’ll let you …
 
Zero Brightness heads to the theater in this episode, where we take a look at more film adaptations of horror games; specifically, the two Silent Hill movies and the new Detention TV series. I'm joined first by Whitney Chavis for a discussion of the many ways that the Silent Hill adaptations pay respect to the original games while also totally fumb…
 
The sons of light wrap up their deep dive discussion of the Lord's Supper. Here they finish their discussion of 1 Corinthians 11:17-29, and then tackle two questions related to what post-Mormons should know about the blessings of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as given in the Bible compared with what they were taught as latter-day saints, and what a…
 
The sons of light continue their deep dive discussion of the Lord's Supper. They begin to look closely at the relevant New Testament passages related to this sacrament, and discuss their meaning and application. Here they cover Luke 22:17-21, 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, and begin their discussion of 1 Corinthians 11:17-29.…
 
In this episode the sons of light continue their discussion of the sacraments with a deep dive on the Lord's Supper. They kick it off with a question about comparing and contrasting their experience with the "sacrament" as latter-day saints and their experience with the Lord's Supper as Christians.Par outerbrightness
 
Zero Brightness returns with the start of a new season and format for the show! Episode 91 finds Ali joined by returning guests Monica and Vincent (as well as new friend Justin) for an examination of co-op horror games including Resident Evil 5, Obscure, and Phasmophobia. We also take a look at the pre-history of multiplayer RE games, examine the w…
 
The sons of light respond to a YouTube video that one of Paul’s sisters sent to him as an example of what the LDS Church teaches about grace. The video is by Book of Mormon Central's Come Follow Me Insights YouTube channel, is instructive. We thought it would be helpful to our listeners to do a response episode. Come Follow Me Insights Video 3 Neph…
 
In this episode, we finish our discussion of an article that Matthew wrote for Beggar’s Bread. The article was published in two parts, and here we focus on Part 2. We discuss the challenges LDS have integrating what past leaders have taught about perfectionism with the more recent focus on grace within LDS discourse, and how the lingering teachings…
 
In this episode the sons of light discuss some of their favorite Christmas music and memories of celebrating Christmas as young latter-day saints. Because this is The Outer Brightness Podcast, they discuss their journeys related to Christmas, and what new traditions they enjoy now as Christians. We hope you enjoy this episode and may the peace of C…
 
In this episode, we focus in on an article that Matthew wrote for Beggar’s Bread. The article was published in two parts, and here we focus on Part 1 (our discussion of the concluding part of his article will follow in two weeks). In Part 1, we discuss how the LDS conception of God affects their view of the gospel, as well as how perfectionism flow…
 
We get very, very scared by the new PT-influenced horror game Visage. We talk about why the game's first-person walking-sim style gameplay is so horrifying and dissect it's many obtuse puzzles and odd design choices. Spoilers are very clearly marked within the episode so you shouldn't be surprised by anything - a nice change from this game, which d…
 
We check out Amnesia Rebirth, the new entry in the Amnesia series that finds the original devs (Frictional) returning to the franchise that established them as a fixture in the horror genre. We talk about how the ten years of experience they've accrued has led to a much more sophisticated game - albeit one still very grounded in 2010-style game des…
 
The sons of light are joined by Briana Flournoy and Dan Nurnberg for a roundtable discussion. The five post-Mormon Christians look back on their journeys and offer advice to others coming to Biblical Christianity from Mormonism. Lessons learned and laughter abound. We pray this conversation blesses your life.…
 
The sons of light are joined by Michael's wife Briana Flournoy to interview Dove Award winning pianist and composer, Paul Cardall. He has a fascinating story of God working in his life to bring him through severe health challenges and through a journey from Mormonism to Jesus Christ. We hope you enjoy this episode! You can learn more about Paul Car…
 
In this episode the sons of light attempt to tackle a subject that always creates more heat than light and may be more contentious even than religion: politics. What does the Bible say about political involvement and activism? More than one might think. Let's take a look together.Par outerbrightness
 
Happy Halloween! Our long-awaited discussion of Dead Space is finally here - and a couple days early at that. As expected, there are many hot takes and rebuttals - although you probably will not see the reference to a certain overlooked wii game coming. Just remember that you all asked for this!Par Ecstattic Studio
 
The sons of light are joined by Jeremy Howard, staff pastor at Orchard Hills Bible Church in Payson, Utah and co-host of the Do Theology podcast. He joined us for our discussion of the eleventh LDS Article of Faith to talk about religious freedom and respect. Jeremy developed a chart delineating Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary doctrines of the Chr…
 
We're almost to Dead Space, so we have to talk about Resident Evil 4 - either the Greatest Game Ever or a disgusting pile that ruined horror games, depending on which host you ask. We debate the merits of its action-heavy gameplay, tense-but-not-scary atmosphere and absurdly over-the-top cutscenes - complete with exploding sunglasses and tiny napol…
 
The sons of light continue their discussion of the sacraments of the Christian faith. This is the second in an introductory series on sacraments and here the focus is largely on the experiential differences between how the sons of light received and experienced the sacraments in the LDS Church versus in their various Christian churches.…
 
The sons of light are joined by "The Street Apologist" a.k.a. Vocab Malone. Vocab recently debated Mormon apologist Kwaku El on Marlon Wilson's The Gospel Truth YouTube channel. Vocab came on The Outer Brightness Podcast to debrief the debate. You can watch the full debate between Vocab and Kwaku here:https://youtu.be/bJRf7683VewYou can connect wit…
 
We check out Echo Night 2, a game never officially released in the west and only recently patched with a fan translation. We discuss the many ways in which it tries to build out the basic Ghost Friendship Simulator gameplay of the first one - with results that vary widely in quality - as well as its super-90s goth aesthetic and incomprehensible plo…
 
The sons of light begin a discussion about the ordinances, or sacraments, of the Christian faith. They begin by reflecting on the views they held as Latter-day Saints and comparing and contrasting those with the views they now hold. The first part of this discussion wraps up with their comments on the difference in terminology (ordinances vs. sacra…
 
The sons of light wrap up their discussion of Original Sin, a topic that represents a stark contrast between Mormonism and Christianity. Here they talk about what the Bible says about the effects that sin has on the human will, Augustine’s analogies about the effects of sin (with a detour into the humor of sleep deprived minds, the effect of record…
 
We discuss the asymmetrical online slasher movie simulator Dead By Daylight with our friend Vincent from our Discord. We try to talk about the finer points of the game but mostly end up debating whether it's best experienced as a competitive pursuit or an S-tier spooky hangout game.Par Ecstattic Studio
 
The sons of light discuss a doctrine that often places Latter-day Saints at odds with orthodox Christians. Original Sin is the doctrine that humanity's fallen nature prohibits individuals from coming to God and salvation on their own. Mormons have a strong doctrine of free will. The questions we discuss here tease out the theological and scriptural…
 
The sons of light are joined by a special guest. Jordan Rittmeyer is a full-time Christian missionary to the Latter-day Saint people with Trigrace Ministries in Ephraim, Utah. We discussed Jordan’s ministry and picked his brain for tips on witnessing in love to Latter-day Saints.Par outerbrightness
 
We discuss two of the big Meta Horror games that keep coming up in conversations about all of the other weird/indie/meta games we've covered on the show. We discuss Eversion's simple yet effective mind tricks and Pony Island's utterly bizarre take on a Horror game. We also talk about working in a guitar store for a surprisingly long amount of time,…
 
We finally get around to talking about how The Evil Within 2 is an amazing, unsung gem of the eighth generation. We discuss its many quirks, from amazing open-world gameplay to a villain that can only be described as "Cutie Hannibal." You couldn't make this stuff up, even if you were injecting CBD straight into your neck like our guy Sebastian does…
 
The sons of light round out a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss how their sense of self has changed since going through their faith transition, if they would say they are still “Mormon” in any sense, and what the Bible has to say about identity.…
 
The sons of light continue a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss whether or not they had internalized an identity as Mormon by the time they were adults, whether or not tribal mentality affects Christians, and if their transition to Protestant Christianity resulted in a disturb…
 
The sons of light begin a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss when they first recall having a sense of self, what role their religion played in their sense of self as a child, and how the LDS Church specifically shaped their sense of self during their adolescent years.…
 
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