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Should we still call God Father?


Inevitably, when I’m at a forum where gender is being discussed this question comes up; “Should we still call God Father?” The question annoys me for various reasons but mainly because it is usually used as a barometer for where we stand in relation to feminism as Christians . If we answer “No” then we are seen a heretical feminists and liberals that have succumbed to our secular age, but if we reply “yes” then progressive Christians become irate because we are not fighting against the oppressive patriarchal system that we live in. It’s a thorny question to answer! Continue reading Should we still call God Father?

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Why Men Need to Engage in the ‘Gender Debate’.

A few weeks ago I preached at my church on the ‘Theme of Women in the Gospel of Luke’. It was in the context of a series on Luke but I was still quite anxious. I was worried that I would be seen as getting on my hobby horse and I feared isolating people in my congregation. However I realised that considering that this would be my first time preaching on the topic in a church where I have ministered for ten years, it should be ok! And it was ok. More than that there was a good response and a general feeling that as Christians we have a prophetic declaration to make that the kingdom has come and that this means we are to bring reconciliation to our world so that those living broken lives are inspired by the good news of Jesus.   Continue reading Why Men Need to Engage in the ‘Gender Debate’.