Going to See Mad Max is Like Going to the Temple

And I don’t really mean that in a good way. It’s not that the movie was bad.  It was a bit absurd for me, but still a great action flick. I’ve decided they just had an excellent PR team.  Because they knew that if you say something enough times, and give it enough buzz, people will believe it.  Like telling a child that a red drink...

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Look Up and Be Healed!

In II Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah of the Southern Kingdom of Judah tears down the Brazen (Bronze) Serpent Moses had set up. This was in response to the rampant idol worship of the people. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had recently been carried away into captivity by Assyria, never to be heard from again. Assyria also posed an...

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Moses, The Sound of Music, and Storm Troopers

As the lights dimmed in North Medford High School’s Sjolund Auditorium, my nine year daughter put her little hand in mine and with my other I held my wife’s hand. Captain von Trapp blew his whistle for the youngest to step forward. “I’m Gretel!” My daughter looked up and with her smile whispered,...

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Spoken of for a Memorial of Her

“Symbolic language conceals certain doctrinal truths from the wicked and thereby protects sacred things from possible ridicule. At the same time, symbols reveal truth to the spiritually alert.” (1) Women are not allowed to preside over the Sacrament; yet the Sacred Feminine is ever-present in the Sacrament itself. You just have to...

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Learning to Write my Name

I have this memory nestled into the recesses of my brain that pops up every now and again. It is from when I was about four years old, which is remarkable; my memories from early childhood are few and far between. I don’t know why this one stands out, but it is fairly clear. I’m sitting at the coffee table in our living room, with...

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Leaving Eden

About a year ago I began my quest to better know Heavenly Mother. Frankly, I haven’t made it very far, but I have thought a lot more about Her, and I have thought more about mother Eve. Today I want to honor two women. I don’t know much about either, but I believe they have both played key roles in uplifting all...

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A Lack of Knowledge

by Michelle Wiener Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” In this verse, Hosea is condemning the Northern Kingdom of Israel for...

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Dear Father and Mother God

It is Sunday. March 17, 2013. I have just arrived at church. Sacrament meeting is about to start. I settle into my family’s customary pew with my wife and 16-year old daughter. The bishop comes over. He asks me to give the closing prayer. I agree automatically. No big deal. It’s not like I haven’t done this a million times before....

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A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/MikesChristmasTestimony.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS 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...

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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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