Category Archives: fatherhood

God, Kids and Parents: Rod Robson [Guest]

‘The short answer to how to raise a child in the faith is to live it out openly in front of them.’ By popular demand, today Rod Robson opens a new series of insights from parents on how to present God to our kids. Rod is a Baptist minister (and was my youth pastor!) in Christchurch, […]

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Not Only A Father #4: Speaking the Unspeakable [Guest]

A warm welcome back to Dr Tim Bulkeley who is posting this series based on his book, Not Only A Father, looking at gendered language for God. For more on Tim’s background, see the first post. Speaking the unspeakable: mother-language before the reformation People I talk with about using motherly language and pictures to talk about God […]

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Not Only A Father #3: But Jesus Named God ‘Our Father’! [Guest]

Welcome back to our guest poster Dr Tim Bulkeley, and welcome, readers, to perhaps the most controversial bit of this series (see the debate on today’s subject in the comments on the previous post)! I’ve argued that we need to talk about God as motherly if we are to speak in pictures about God at all, and […]

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Not only a father, gender and the Bible, Dr Tim Bulkeley | Sacraparental.com

Not Only a Father #2: God as Mother in the Bible

A warm welcome back to Dr Tim Bulkeley who is posting this series based on his book, Not Only A Father, looking at gendered language for God. For more on Tim’s background, see the first post. In the previous post I started with an assumption: …[t]he One True God is beyond human understanding. God is […]

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Not Only A Father #1: What’s Wrong with this Picture? [Guest]

Introducing Dr Tim Bulkeley, who taught me everything I know about the Old Testament! Tim has been a social worker in Belfast during ‘The Troubles’, Father Christmas in a department store, pastor of a Baptist church, missionary in darkest Africa, refugee for a couple of days, Bible teacher in universities and seminaries in five countries […]

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Coming Soon: Not Only A Father

When I was little, my internal picture of God was nothing like the white-bearded-old-man clichés. I’d never had any exposure to that idea. If you’d asked my six-year-old self, I’d have said God looks rather like Sam the Eagle from the Muppets. Sort of stern. And definitely male. I could articulate from young adulthood that […]

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Co-Sleeping Converts #1: The First Six Months

This is the first in an occasional series on our experience of co-sleeping with our baby (and toddler, as he becomes later on!). You can see the series list here.  We didn’t intend to become ‘attachment parents.’ We don’t tick all the boxes, but we could certainly sneak into an AP Christmas party and fit […]

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