This ground-breaking conference was held in May of 2013. I am delighted to offer the video from this conference here. A big “Thank You” to Nicholas Young for the video work!
Like many people, I enjoy exploring the Bible; I love to discover what the Bible has to teach us. However, sometimes the material we uncover opposes what our current Christian culture expects us to believe. The femininity of the Holy Spirit is in the Bible. We should be encouraged to study this topic. After all, seeking and living our lives in partnership with the Holy Spirit is our lifelong aspiration, enabling our relationship with God to flourish.
-Deidre D Havrelock
The book of Genesis tells us that both men and women are made in the image and likeness of God. Just think about it…Man + Woman = the image of God. Because of this, our families become beautiful representations of God with father, mother and child working together in the bond of love and unity. But if God is the first family, in whose image we have been created, have you ever wondered…Where is the feminine aspect of God within the trinity? Could motherhood possibly be a legitimate part of God? And if it is, is it healthy for Christians to embrace Father God, while ignoring the mother aspect of God? Do we even need a mother?
For thousands of years Christians have viewed the Holy Spirit as “He.” He is Jesus’ literal Spirit and breath. He came forth from Jesus’ body. He gives spiritual birth to humankind. He is the Spirit of Love. He is Jesus’ equal but different helper. If using the pronoun “he” in the aforementioned sentences sounds strange to you then join us as we explore the family of God.
Is the Holy Spirit our mother? The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual birth. She came forth from the body of Jesus like Eve was brought forth from the body of Adam. She is the Helper. She is the Comforter. She is the Spirit of Love and the Spirit of Life. Are we sure Christianity does not have a spiritual mother? Are we positive that we are motherless? And if we have a mother, what are the consequences of ignoring her especially since the Bible tells us to “honor our father and our mother.” What are the consequences for women in our churches, Christian families, and marriages if we choose to see and value only the male image of God?
Join our panel of speakers as they begin to introduce the Holy Spirit as she has never before been introduced. Begin to see women in a whole new light–made in the image of God. Start to explore the astounding biblical evidence that reveals Christ’s Spirit as more than just the “divine incognito.” Spend time seeking the family of God with us. It is time to unveil the mystery of God’s glorious MotherHeart.
“All love and relationship is possible for you only because it already exists within Me, within God myself.” –William Paul Young, The Shack
Baxter Kruger, Ph.D. is a Trinitarian scholar. He is the author of seven books including, The Shack Revisited: There is More Going on Here Than You Ever Dared To Dream.
Baxter reveals the nature of relationship within God…and how humankind has been created in that image. His thoughts and clarity on the nature of God will … surprise and delight you!
Paul Young, author of The Shack and Cross Roads, builds upon Baxter’s biblical model of a triune, relational God, exploring how man and woman fell from a situation of “relationship” and “unity” to one of blame and dysfunction. However, Paul portrays a very different kind of garden-story than the one we’ve all been told—powerful and enlightening!
Paul asks tough questions regarding the fall, such as: “Since it was Adam’s job to ‘keep’ the garden (meaning protect) why was Lucifer able to get so close to Eve in order to deceive her–did Adam join Lucifer in rebellion? And was Eve brought forth to ‘save’ Adam?”
When God “drives” people out of the safety zone of “the garden” and into the harsh realities of “the desert” it is to reveal the state of that person’s heart. Building upon Paul Young’s story of the fall, Deidre Havrelock takes a biblical look at the partiality of humankind’s heart and how an “impartial love” can once again unite us—revelational!
READ DEIDRE’S POST: GOD IS NOT A HIERARCHY–Why are men described as the “heads” of women? Find out here!
Jack teaches at Seattle Pacific University. Jack is an internationally recognized scholar, whose books have received wide acclaim–because they’re wonderful! To read Jack’s bio GO HERE. Jack has a new book out–and it’s about the Holy Spirit. CHECK OUT INSPIRED: THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE MIND OF FAITH HERE.
Christian leaders, speakers, and popular pastors refer to the Holy Spirit as “He.” But is the Spirit seriously a “He”? Or, could we be missing the most amazing revelation of our time? Jack reveals the Spirit as a “She” spirit. The mystical, practical, expansive, unbridled, presence of God who is here on earth to sustain, care, guard, guide, shield, feed, and nurse us all. We have a spiritual mother.
For more of Jack Levison, catch him over at SPIRITCHATTER…GO HERE TO READ JACK’S POST: Animals & Ambiguity: The Spirit & the Flood
Priscilla Pope-Levison is the Professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University. She has written on numerous subjects including women and evangelism.
Gender continues to keep women from certain aspects of ministry within churches. But sanctification of the saints will eventually restore us. Sanctification is a perfection of motives and desires which enables the believer to grow in love of God and neighbor.
Whenever women begin to “live in the Spirit” they always boldly speak, preach, teach and lead–that’s the anointing of the Holy Spirit; it is the same anointing that men receive.
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