Category Archives: culture

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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Screening #1: In Defence of Screens

Playschool, Rainbow, Sesame Street: I could still sing you the theme songs. The Muppets. The Smurfs, though I was disdainful of the lack of female representation, even at six. The Flintstones and every other Hanna-Barbera cartoon ever made. Happy Days, Diff’rent Strokes, The Cosby Show, Benson, Charles in Charge, M*A*S*H, The Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan’s Heroes, […]

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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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Easter, Sort Of

You’d think the task of ‘explaining Easter’ would not be a tough one for a minister. Hm. I have the privilege of writing occasionally for the parents’ resource website Kiwi Families. Mostly it’s great fun, but sometimes it’s flippin’ hard work, like the other week, when the editor, Rochelle, asked if I could write something […]

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A Generous Lent, Act 31: Listen

A good listener is never short of friends. Some people are naturals at this popular skill, and you might be lucky enough to know one or two. Plenty of us have to learn the skill of being a good listener, though the kind intention does go a long way, too. The headline ‘act’ for the Do […]

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