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The Parable of the Blue Reflector

By: Nancy K. Ferrell | April 30, 2001

Let us point the way to signs of racism and exclusion that are often not seen by those not affected by them.

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What Language Shall We Use: A Look at Inclusive Language for People, Feminine Images for God, and Gender-Accurate Bible Translations

By: Mimi Haddad | January 31, 2003

Recent events in the evangelical community—particularly with the release of Todays New International Version (TNIV) Bible translation—have raised concerns over masculine language. Does Jesus ask us to be fishers of people or fishers of men (Matt. 4:19)? Is there a difference? Should we be afraid to use words like  [...]

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Rising Above Our Language: Reflections on Our Metaphors for God

By: Michael Spooner | April 30, 1992

The Bible uses many diverse metaphors for God, including rock, light, mountain, shepherd, vine, woman, landowner, dove, warrior, lamb, father, mother, and countless others. We need to be aware of the diversity of these images as we build our concept of the person God is.

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The Church’s Language About God

By: Elouise Rennich Fraser | April 30, 1992

Those who argue that the church must retain its predominantly masculine imagery for God and those who want to introduce into the church's vocabulary female imagery for God are in agreement at only one point: both are convinced that the integrity of Christian faith is at stake. 

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Keeping the Right Perspective

By: Kathleen Hayes | April 30, 1992

It seems that so few Christians understand the importance of including women in worship and the language of worship and of not speaking of God in solely masculine terms. I am convinced that when we limit our language, we limit God, ourselves, and others. 

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A Meditation

By: David Robert Black | April 30, 1992

Yes, God is our Father. That's what Jesus called God: "Abba, Father." That is how Jesus taught us to pray: "Our Father." We rejoice that God is merciful and forgiving, "like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home." But God's also "like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child."

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Jesus Calls Men and Women to Follow Him

By: Evelyn Bence | April 30, 1992

I've never heard a sermon on Jesus saying, "Follow me," that was addressed to men only. Yet, my analysis of the meditation is that I've apparently heard a few too many messages in the Church that have, intentionally or not, excluded me.

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Evidence for and Significance of Feminine God-Language from the Church Fathers to the Modern Era

By: Mimi Haddad | July 31, 2004

Throughout history why did the church frequently use feminine language for God? In what way did this feminine language serve the church? Why do we evangelicals, in contrast, appear so uncomfortable with feminine imagery for God?

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Can the “Father of Lights” Give Birth?

By: Jeff Miller | January 31, 2005

Regular readers of Priscilla Papers will be familiar with those standard biblical texts one points to when discussing feminine imagery for God. We read, for example, of God extending a mother’s care in Isaiah 66:13, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” (nrsv). Similarly, Jesus longs to offer such [...]

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God as Mother, Not Mother as God: A Biblical Feminist Response to the “New Feminism”

By: Aída Besançon Spencer | October 31, 1991

Can evangelical feminism be saved from secular feminism? In response, I propose that many of the needs and the bases for feminism come from God and God's followers. Further, both feminists and male chauvinists elevate values and perspectives that, in truth, should not be contradictory or exclusive from one another.

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