The Mother Pelican as Christ

You read that right. Before Christianity, there was a tradition that mother pelicans pierced their own breasts until they bled and fed the blood to their starving chicks. Another version suggested that the male pelican killed the baby pelicans. Three days later, the mother returned and pierced her own breast and fed the babies with…

Let’s Talk About God

(This sermon was delivered on May 6, 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka, California. It provides a context for understanding the use of feminine pronouns, images and metaphors for God.)   Let’s Talk About God In Genesis 1:27 we read: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created…

Metaphors and God

Let’s talk about metaphors. You might not have thought about metaphors since the last time you took an English class in high school or college. The discussion was likely regarding something in a poem. In case that was some time ago, here are some examples of metaphors: Conscience is a man’s compass. Vincent Van Gogh…