14: “Seek ye out of the best [podc...

14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101 Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

Bible Scholarship

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Para...

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

Ask the Mormon Sex Therapist

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I Posted by on Jun 8, 2014

Sunday School

Drowning at church

Drowning at church Posted by on Jun 30, 2014


Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Para...

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms Posted by on Jul 14, 2014


Repurposing Sunday School

Repurposing Sunday School Posted by on Jun 27, 2014


Can you see what I’m saying?

Can you see what I’m saying? Posted by on Jul 22, 2014


American Crucifixion

American Crucifixion Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

Why I Am Mormon

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb o...

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead? Posted by on Jul 1, 2014


Science for the soul

Science for the soul Posted by on Jul 17, 2014


Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealin...

Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealings Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

Recent Posts

Do the Right Thing

Jul 02, 14 Do the Right Thing

Posted by in Compassion, Featured

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; - Isaiah 61:1 “I am many things to many people: Civil Rights leader,...

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Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead?

I realized that I have been blogging for the good people at Rational Faiths for over a year now. It has been a wonderful exercise for me. I have been really grateful to the Barker brothers and other bloggers for their continual support of my writing, and for the platform to share humor with others.  I have wanted, for a while, to...

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Joseph: The Keystone of Canonizable Revelation

By my count Joseph Smith has added 868 pages to the LDS canon by means of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. All other prophets since Joseph have accumulated a grand total of 13 pages by means of the Doctrine and Covenants and Official Declarations. Perhaps the drought of canonized...

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012: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Moral Psychology 101

Jun 29, 14 012: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Moral Psychology 101

Posted by in Education, Humanity, Podcast

As human beings we are subject to a variety of influences that direct us in our lives. Our instinctual passions and reason often battle for control. As a species we have divided ourselves into groups such as conservative, liberal, vegan, bacon-eater, believer, and atheist among others. The different groups that we identify with make...

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Answering the Hard Questions

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the bloggernacle has been reeling to and fro like a drunken man these last few weeks. People are asking hard questions, and getting lots of answers and opinions to consider. However, I would like to bring to your attention some questions and suggestions that not even the likes of the PRethren,...

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#Yes All Mormon Women Too

Jun 28, 14 #Yes All Mormon Women Too

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Sexual Abuse

Neither the Ordain Women movement or that surrounding the #yesALLwomen hashtag had particularly struck home in my life. Ordainwomen’s request that priesthood leaders ask if women should be included in the priesthood seemed superfluous in a community where the inequality was so much more integral. I didn’t want priesthood, I...

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Repurposing Sunday School

This post must begin by acknowledging the current events regarding the excommunication of Kate Kelly. Regardless of how you feel about the excommunication, we should all be mourning together. We should all be grieving. We should all follow our baptismal covenant to comfort each other and bear each other’s burdens. We need to...

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Parenting Parallels

Recently, my husband and I attended a Love and Logic parenting course.  Ever since, it’s been interesting to notice the parent/child roles that occur in society. One that came to mind almost immediately while taking the class, was the role of the LDS Church. I think it’s important to first lay out the four styles of...

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Did Kate Kelly Tell the Truth?

Jun 26, 14 Did Kate Kelly Tell the Truth?

Posted by in Featured

  Since Kate Kelly’s excommunication was announced last Monday, the internet has been abuzz not only with the substance of Bishop Harrison’s letter excommunicating Kate Kelly, but also with the question of whether Kate Kelly has been completely forthright in her account of the circumstances leading up to her disciplinary...

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OOOOOH!!!! It Feels So Good To Be Soooo Right!!!!

Jun 25, 14 OOOOOH!!!!  It Feels So Good To Be Soooo Right!!!!

Posted by in Charity, Featured

OOOOH!!!!  IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE SOOOO RIGHT!!!! by Michael Barker I learned yesterday that my dear, less-active LDS friend’s wife died two days ago so I decided to call him. I told him, “Too bad you and your wife weren’t keeping your temple covenants.  Now you won’t be together after the...

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Talking to my Father

Jun 24, 14 Talking to my Father

Posted by in Featured, parenting, prayer

I am the oldest of seven. That means that I have spent more time with my parents than any of my siblings. I should know them best, right? I mean, since I’ve spent more time in their presence I should have a clearer understanding of them shouldn’t I? We came from solid Mormon stock through several generations, down all...

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Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

Jun 23, 14 Exit, Voice, and Loyalty

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Revelation

Like many I know, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks watching the World Cup. I am a loyal fan of Team USA. During that same time period, I’ve joined many other Mormons in reading official statements, opinions, interviews, articles, and Facebook posts dealing with the loyalty-based disciplinary actions initiated against...

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“Knock, I Will Get Angry With You”

Jun 22, 14 “Knock, I Will Get Angry With You”

Posted by in Featured

“KNOCK AND I WILL GET ANGRY WITH YOU” by Michael Barker As all parents, my wife and I have rules for our daughters. One of these rules is that my oldest daughter cannot have a cell phone until she is old enough to pay for half of its purchase.  There are good reasons for this rule, none of which I need to justify here....

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Speculations on Israel’s Concept of Holy War

The Old Testament disturbs a lot of people who read it, and draws its share of critics as a violent book, filled with bloodshed, war, and genocide. It is true that there is a lot of smiting and being smitten going on. However, it is equally true that the Old Testament expresses clear distaste for bloodshed, murder, and war. In other...

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The Life of Mike and The Life of Pi

Jun 21, 14 The Life of Mike and The Life of Pi

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured

THE LIFE OF MIKE AND THE LIFE OF PI by Michael Baker I wrote this at 5:oo this morning, Saturday, June 21. I’ve read the following scripture and reflected on it many times the past few days.  The other night, I shared it with a dear friend:   “The storm came on slowly one afternoon.  The clouds looked as if they...

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Letter to my Leaders: Kate Kelly, John Dehlin, and Me

Jun 20, 14 Letter to my Leaders: Kate Kelly, John Dehlin, and Me

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured, Feminism, Mormonism, News

The following is an excerpt from a letter I sent to my ward and stake leaders after hearing the news about the possible disciplinary councils against Kate Kelly and John Dehlin. I’m only using the first letter of last names for people specifically mentioned. Dear Brothers: Almost two months ago, I met with Bishop B to discuss...

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