Michael Barker

A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

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?

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.

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 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 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 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

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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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

Aug 16, 14 If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town? Yesterday I read in Deseret News that Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the BYU Summer Commencement in Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 14.   You can listen to Elder Nelson’s commencement speech here (it...

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Tiamat and the Atonement

Tiamat and the Atonement One of the oldest creation myths is that of the Enuma Elish, in which the Babylonian God, Marduk, fights the sea serpent, Tiamat (this type of divine battle is called a theomacy).    In this story, Tiamat represents chaos.  The god, Marduk, fights and wins Tiamat and out of her body parts creates the...

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Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Jul 15, 14 Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

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Jeremy Runnells—the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy? By Brian C. Hales Recently Jeremy T. Runnells has rebooted his 2013 “Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony,” by posting a response, “Debunking FAIR’s Debunking,” on his website. The section on polygamy comprises over 15,000 words (approximately 70...

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