Essays

The Images of God Project essays are long form posts that explore issues in-depth and are the focus of the project.

  • Joanna: The Witness October 1, 2021
    Saint Joanna and the Head of Saint John the Baptist – Source: Wikipedia. Created c.1700             Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza, participated in a three-day drama that changed the world. On the Friday of Passover, she, along with other women, witnessed Jesus’s Crucifixion and death, even though the eleven disciples were nowhere to be found. With ...
  • Junia: Prominent Among the Apostles September 4, 2021
    CC: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Early Christian missionaries Junia and her partner Andronicus traveled, like Paul, starting congregations and witnessing to Christ. According to Paul, they also served time in prison with him, likely because of their missionary work. We are not sure how literally to interpret Paul’s comment that they are his kin in ...
  • Lydia: the purple cloth dealer August 13, 2021
    In only 24 words, we learn that Lydia was from the city of Thyatira (an ancient Greek city in Asia Minor), believed in God, and dealt in purple cloth. From other sources, we know that Thyatira was home to a significant Christian church as well as known for its dyeing facilities, which would relate to Lydia’s ...
  • Claudia Procula: Pilate’s Wife April 23, 2021
    In one of the more dramatic scenes of the Passion, Jesus stands before Pontius Pilate, who is about to determine Jesus’ fate. Pilate has a tradition of releasing one prisoner at Passover. He offers to release Jesus, but the gathered crowd wants to release Barabbas, a notorious prisoner. While Pilate considers his options, he receives ...
  • Introducing: Women in the Bible April 9, 2021
    The Bible is sprinkled with fascinating, sometimes courageous, occasionally dynamic women and you may have never heard of them. Through my new blog series, I will cover a multitude of these women, and their stories, to better familiarize you with the often forgotten ladies of the bible. Meet Anna, an old widow who lived in the ...
  • Anna the First Christian Prophet April 9, 2021
    Anna the First Christian Prophet              An old woman who lived at the temple in Jerusalem became the first Christian prophet. After praying and fasting in the temple for decades, she recognized that the baby presented by Mary and Joseph was Jerusalem’s redeemer.              Anna saw Jesus on the day his parents took him to the temple for purification. ...
  • Metaphors and God April 30, 2017
    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 All the ...
  • Meeting God with Twinkies and a Root Beer March 4, 2016
    Discussions about speaking rightly of God and images of God often have political undertones and sometimes have political lines drawn in the cosmos. As we will see in future posts, liberal or conservative labels are regularly attached to the conflicting viewpoints. That is an unfortunate path to take as it limits our ideas about God, ...
  • Rightly Speaking About God February 25, 2016
    What is the right way to speak about God? Theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson asks the question in her book She Who Is. It is a profound question for all Christian believers. The ways we speak about God influence our images of God, our beliefs, our theology. Many, if not most or even all, believers seek to emulate ...
  • Conversations on Images of God in 1976 November 17, 2015
    Some feminist scholars and theologians were deeply engaged in discussions about the feminine face of the divine by the mid-1970s, but little of the conversation reached members in the pews. Thus, it was surprising to discover that the Lutheran Church in America (a predecessor of the ELCA [1. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was ...