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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Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Dec 19, 14 Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Posted by in Featured, Lying, Polygamy, Sexual Abuse, Truth

After the explosion of polygamy news and dialogue that followed the most recent essays put out by the church, the most common thing I have seen said by members of the church defending the practice is 1: they have known this since they were very young (which usually is said to dismiss the need for a conversation about it) and 2: God...

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37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian interview Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexual trauma, managing nudity with children, and developing sexuality as a single. Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a psychotherapist who focuses on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism...

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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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Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church

There is a common cautionary tale I hear retold within Mormon circles. This tale goes something like this: Once upon a time the LDS Church was going to do something progressive, and amazing. However, these measures were abandoned when some person or group (often unknowingly) decided that they would engage the media regarding a...

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Christmas Wishing

As a new father, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how my daughter will experience Christmas. My own family was pretty light on holiday traditions. Honestly, there were a few years the lights never went up on the house and we didn’t get around to doing a tree. One year the lights just stayed on the house for the whole...

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Revisiting “Why America May Go to Hell”

Dec 03, 14 Revisiting “Why America May Go to Hell”

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Racism, Repentance

Admittedly, I wasn’t surprised at the non-indictment of Darren Wilson. Governor Jay Nixon had issued a ‘State of Emergency’ prior to Monday’s decision which surely indicated that the response would be heavy. There was no relief found among the images of the National Guard preparing for war. The police in my neighborhood...

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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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35: Brent Metcalfe and the Mormon Studies Podcast

Do we have enough Mormon podcasts? NO! We need MOAR! In this episode I talk with Brent Metcalfe, who is the host of the new Mormon podcast called Mormon Studies Podcast. We discuss the approach he is taking in presenting another important Mormon podcast to the world of online Mormonism, we define, albeit loosely, what Mormon Studies...

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SLC Blogger Event: Meet the Mormons

On September 27, 2014, the female staff members LDS Public Affairs hosted a pre-screening of Meet the Mormons for a cross section of female LDS bloggers including contributors to Exponent Blog, Feminist Mormon Housewives, The Sistas in Zion, Mormon Women Stand, and LDS Smile. There were several others present including a couple of...

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