Heart of the Matter


Heart of the Matter, a live television broadcast that boldly confronts the intersection of Mormonism and Biblical Christianity, originates from the heart of Mormonism itself – Salt Lake City. Between 2006 and 2021, Shawn McCraney, the host, shared both entertaining and insightful perspectives on the history and practices of Mormonism, as well as delving into the essence of being a Born-Again Christian.

Transitioning from live television to YouTube broadcasting in 2013, Shawn expanded the scope of Heart of the Matter. He explored topics beyond Mormonism, engaging with issues within Christianity and Evangelicalism on a broader scale.

Mark your calendars for May 7th, 2024, when Shawn will revive Heart of the Matter with a fresh approach titled “Heart of the Matter: Full Circle.” This live call-in show, airing on Tuesday evenings at 8 PM MT, is a dedicated pursuit to empower individuals with the liberating knowledge of The Great News. In the Full Circle Series, Shawn aims to expose institutions that constrain believers today while providing them with spiritual insights to stand independently with God.

Notably, Shawn is the author of works such as “I Was a Born-Again Mormon,” “Mormonism A-Z,” “Revelations on Revelation,” and “Don’t F**k With Jesus,” among dozens of other publications addressing contemporary religious issues. The website, hotm.tv, serves as an archive for Shawn’s content from 2006 to 2021. For select episodes no longer publicly accessible, you can find them in our online learning center called Christian Ultra Libertarians for Truth.


From March 2006 to January 2013, Shawn McCraney hosted a weekly live call-in television program where he compared Mormonism with biblical Christianity.  These programs focused primarily on LDS history, doctrinal error and praxis endemic to Mormonism.  Today, after examining issues within modern Evangelicalism for the past seven years, Shawn is returning his focus to the LDS institution and members once again.  This time however, his approach is aimed at helping LDS people to understand the liberty that is found in a direct relationship with Jesus Christ and the bondage institutionalized religion automatically produces when seeking to establish itself in between the believer and God.  In other words, instead of focusing on doctrine, history and practices of brick and mortar religion, Shawn will focus more on concepts about freedom, spiritual emancipation, and the utter liberty God wants all of His children to have in and through His Son via the Holy Spirit.






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about Shawn

In order of his nature, Shawn McCraney is an artist, a seeker of Truth and authentic expression, an iconoclast and a punk who maintains a large dose of suspicion for cultures, institutions, and consumerism and the marketing that surrounds it. He is an admitted Christian Anarchist who allows only Christ to serve as King in his life and rejects most of the demands that come from society, government, cultures and organized religion. He diligently seeks the Father in spirit and truth and everything he does is a reflection of these authentic heart-felt aims. In the last twenty years of his life he has become an independent student of the biblical narrative. We encourage you to check out his website to know more about what he has worked on.

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Shawn has a real sincerity in his ways without fear of men or criticism. He says it like it is, like scripture so clearly speaks truth.
Michael Anderson