Living Scriptures

I went west seeking God. I wanted to knock at the door and made it known that I am seeking the greater light. A burning in my heart was the Spirit’s testimony that what I was doing was right for me. In a sea of people, and under a storm of hail and insults I walked. Singing my song unto the Lord, I waited. I approached the...

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For Our Daughter. Again.

Last October, I wrote a post about my wife’s involvement with Ordain Women and their initial appearance in the standby line at General Conference, requesting entry to the General Priesthood Session. It’s a short post, and you should read it for context here. For Our Daughter At the time, Danielle and I had not begun...

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Prayer: A Reflection

Mar 26, 14 Prayer: A Reflection

Posted by in Charity, Featured

PRAYER: A REFLECTION by Michael Barker I was driving home early in the morning the other day.  I was listening to the On Being podcast; Paul Ellie was being interviewed regarding his unusual biography about the intersecting stories of four literary Americans of the 2oth century:  Trappist monk – Thomas Merton, social...

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The Stranger Started From Disguise: Circumstance and Divine Identity

Based on actual events. Shared with permission. I’ll never forget the morning I got that surprise knock at my door. I wondered who it would be, since the clock hadn’t even yet chimed nine o’clock. I opened the door, and there she stood on my porch, her hair wrapped up in a dark bandana, and her little pre-school aged son at...

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I, Apostate

I am an apostate. Or so I hear. It has recently come to my attention that certain members of my ward have taken to calling me an apostate, likely because of articles I have posted at Rational Faiths. It is hard for me to tell precisely what it is I may have said or written that causes others to view me as an apostate; largely...

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The Dangerous Doctrine of Christ

Saul of Tarsus was a devout Pharisaic Jew who was born a citizen of the Roman Empire. He spoke fluent Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He was educated at the feet of Gamaliel, a revered doctor of the Law and the Prophets. Upon his conversion to Christianity, Saul, renamed Paul, became the single most influential preacher of...

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Talking in Circles

Feb 27, 14 Talking in Circles

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

I’ve had many interactions the past few months with people who are concerned about me and what they consider to be controversial views within the LDS church. IF they decide to actually talk to me about it, it seems they often come at me with an intent to get me back in the line that they have defined instead of listening with...

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Two Lampstands: Two Branches

      Two Lampstands: Two Branches Women and the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Michelle G. Wiener, M.A., M. Ecum. Studies         And I will give power unto my two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and...

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Yes, We Have No Bananas!

And like that whimsical song of yesteryear, I not only have no bananas, I also have no blog article for this month.  I feel, however, that I owe an explanation to my faithful readers, so sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of my wrestle with the Lord. It is not like I didn’t try to have a blog ready this month.  In fact, I...

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Who Do You Say God Is? – Walker’s Womanism and Thoughts On A Black Christ

Feb 05, 14 Who Do You Say God Is? – Walker’s Womanism and Thoughts On A Black Christ

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Racism

Well, us talk and talk about God, but I’m still adrift. Trying to chase that old white man out of my head. I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothing God make. [1] Since the inception of the word “womanist” in 1983, the term itself and its meaning has ebbed and flowed through public and private discourse as...

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