Michael Barker

How to Teach About Mother in Heaven and Not Be Excommunicated.

Jan 29, 15 How to Teach About Mother in Heaven and Not Be Excommunicated.

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How Can I Learn to See Heavenly Father’s Our Heavenly Parents’ Hands in All Things? Note: First, I want to acknowledge that I totally ripped-off my post’s title from Kevin Barney’s amazing Dialogue article entitled, “How to Worship Our Mother in Heaven (Without Being Excommunicate).” These are...

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The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box

The other day my wife asked me to do some, um, manly things around the house. First on the list was to tighten up the p-trap under the utility sink in the garage.  I loosened up the p-trap, lined up the threads of the tightening nut, and hand tightened it.   To make sure that things wouldn’t leak, I then grabbed my channel...

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Two Crosses

It was not a friendship I would have expected– She, black. Me, not black. She, a PhD and now attending Divinity School. Me, not an academic. She, a woman. Me, a dork. But the friendship and the call came when I needed it most. She called as I was driving home one day shortly after the news had come. The news was shocking to...

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A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

Dec 24, 14
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A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

Posted by in Featured, Heavenly Mother, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Mother in Heaven, parenting, Savior, sculpture

By Michael Barker Note: This is an expansion of a testimony I gave at my Fast and Testimony Meeting on December 7, 2014   Scripture is male-centric. That is a fact. It is that way because it was written by men. History, in general, has been written by men, so it too is male-centric. That is a fact. As a father of two...

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From Whom Do Your Blessings Come?

Dec 12, 14
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From Whom Do Your Blessings Come?

Posted by in Atonement, Featured, Forgiveness, Heavenly Mother, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Mother in Heaven, Savior

By Michael Barker I once heard a provocative question: When you feel God’s presence, or have an answer to your prayer, to whom do you acknowledge the comfort or the blessing came? God the Father? Mother in Heaven? Jesus Christ? The Holy Ghost? In non-mainline-Evangelical Christianity, one often hears of having, “A...

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The Answer to All the Hard Questions: Um…Maybe Not.

Dec 02, 14
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The Answer to All the Hard Questions:  Um…Maybe Not.

Posted by in Agency, Apologetics, Faith Crisis, Featured, Revelation, Reviews

by Michael Barker The December 2014 issue of the Ensign has an article by R. Val Johnson entitled, “The Answer to All the Hard Questions.”  It’s intended audience seems to be those in faith transition, but the author attempts a reductionistic-like answer to “all the hard questions.”  It’s...

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Sunstone Northwest 2014: A Photo Journal

Nov 18, 14
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Sunstone Northwest 2014: A Photo Journal

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INCLUSION AND INFLUENCE IN THE BORDERLANDS On Saturday, November 15, Cathy and I went to the Sunstone Northwest Symposium.  This year it was held at the Ranier Valley Community of Christ Church in Seattle.  We were able to meet old and new friends.  The following are pictures of us with our...

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Why Progressive Mormons Are Wrong..and, Oh Yeah, So Are The Conservative Ones

Oct 23, 14
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Why Progressive Mormons Are Wrong..and, Oh Yeah, So Are The Conservative Ones

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I think we are all aware of the arguments between the more traditional believing Mormons and those that have more liberal leaning views.   It goes something like this: Conservative: God is immutable The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s Church Conclusion: Since the LDS Church is God’s Church and God...

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Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons* – A Movie Review

Oct 12, 14
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Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons*  – A Movie Review

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MORMONS, MEET YOUR FELLOW MORMONS – A MOVIE REVIEW   by Michael Barker I saw the much-hyped movie (of course this is a tongue-in-cheek comment, because it’s only hyped-up by Mormons), Meet the Mormons, with my twelve year old daughter.   Based upon speaking with those who saw its screening in Utah, I was not...

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Radical Compassion: Those That Have Left

Aug 17, 14
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Radical Compassion: Those That Have Left

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RADICAL COMPASSION: THOSE THAT HAVE LEFT Note: This is the second essay in a series called Radical Compassion. To read the first essay in this series, click here. by Michael Barker If you were to sit down with me, you would quickly realize that I am a boring person to chat with.  The reason?  I pretty much only talk about two...

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