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Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women by Sarah Bessey
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“I want to be outside with the misfits, with the rebels, the dreamers, second-chance givers, the radical grace lavishers, the ones with arms wide open, the courageously vulnerable, and among even—or maybe especially—the ones rejected by the Table as not worthy enough or right enough.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there never has been another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them as “The women, God help us!” or “The ladies, God bless them!”; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious. There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole Gospel that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody could guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that there was anything “funny” about woman’s nature. Dorothy Day, Catholic social activist and journalist”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Rest in your God-breathed worth. Stop holding your breath, hiding your gifts, ducking your head, dulling your roar, distracting your soul, stilling your hands, quieting your voice, and satiating your hunger with the lesser things of this world.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“I won't desecrate beauty with cynicism anymore. I won't confuse critical thinking with a critical spirit, and I will practice, painfully, over and over, patience and peace until my gentle answers turn away even my own wrath. I will breathe fresh air while I learn, all over again, grace freely given and wisdom honored; and when my fingers fumble, whenI sound flat or sharp, I will simply try again.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“The lack of women among the twelve disciples isn't prescriptive or a precedent for exclusion of women any more than the choice of twelve Jewish men excludes Gentile men from leadership.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“People want black-and-white answers, but Scripture is rainbow arch across a stormy sky.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist
“Women have more to offer the church than mad decorating skills or craft nights.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“One needn't identify as a feminist to participate in the redemptive movement of God for women in the world, The gospel is more than enough. Of course it is! But as long as I know how important maternal health is to Haiti's future, and as long as I know that women are being abused and raped, as long as I know girls are being denied life itself through selective abortion, abandonment, and abuse, as long as brave little girls in Afghanistan are attacked with acid for the crime of going to school, and until being a Christian is synonymous with doing something about these things, you can also call me a feminist.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Miracles sometimes look like a kapow! lightning-strike revelation; and sometimes miracles look like showing up for your counseling appointments.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Let’s sit here in hard truth and easy beauty, in the tensions of the Now and the Not Yet of the Kingdom of God, and let us discover how we can disagree beautifully.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Sometimes miracles look like instant healing; and other times, miracles look like medication and patience and discipline.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“He called her''daughter of Abraham,' which likely sent a shock wave through the room; it was the first time the phrase had ever been spoken. People had only ever heard 'sons of Abraham'--never daughters. But at the sound of Jesus' words daughter of Abraham, he gave her a place to stand alongside the sons, especially the ones snarling with their sense of ownership and exclusivity over it all, watching.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“People want black-and-white answers, but Scripture is rainbow arch across a stormy sky. Our sacred book is not an indexed answer book or life manual; it is also a grand story, mystery, invitation, truth and wisdom, and a passionate love letter.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“One of my friends has a saying: “If it’s not true in Darfur, it’s not true here.” He means if we can’t preach it in every context, for every person, it’s not really for everyone, and so then we should probably ask whether or not what we are preaching is actually the gospel.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Many of the seminal social issues of our time - poverty, lack of education, human trafficking, war and torture, domestic abuse - can track their way to our theology of, or beliefs about, women, which has its roots in what we believe about the nature, purposes, and character of God.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“I look forward to the day when women with leadership and insight, gifts and talents, callings and prophetic leanings are called out and celebrated as Deborah, instead of silenced as Jezebel.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“I saw how Jesus didn’t treat women any differently than men, and I liked that. We weren’t too precious for words, dainty like fine china. We received no free pass or delicate worries about our ability to understand or contribute or work. Women were not too sweet or weak for the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or too manipulative and prone to jealousy, insecurity, and deception to push back the kingdom of darkness.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist
“God has a global dream for his daughters and his sons, and it is bigger than our narrow interpretations or small box constructions of “biblical manhood and womanhood” or feminism;”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“So may there be grace and kindness, gentleness and love in our hearts, especially for the ones who we believe are profoundly wrong. The Good News is proclaimed when we love each other. I pray for unity beyond conformity, because loving-kindness preaches the gospel more beautifully and truthfully than any satirical blog post or point-by-point dismantling of another disciple's reputation and teaching.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Patriarchy is not God's dream for humanity.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“It's a scary thing, a life-changing, paradigm-shifting thing, to honestly ask yourself this question: Am I moving with God to rescue, restore, and redeem humanity? Or am I clinging fast, eyeteeth clenched, to an imperfect world's habits and cultural customs, in full knowledge of injustice or imperfections, living at odds with God's dream for his daughters and sons?”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“You learn how to love by being loved.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Hurry wounds a questioning soul.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist
“For instance, some evangelicals have turned Proverbs 31 into a woman’s job description instead of what it actually is: the blessing and affirmation of valor for the lives of women, memorized by Jewish husbands for the purpose of honoring their wives at the family table. It is meant as a celebration for the everyday moments of valor for everyday women, not as an impossible exhausting standard.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“who wants to live in an ivory tower when there is fresh air to breathe anyway? I want to be outside with the misfits, with the rebels, the dreamers, second-chance givers, the radical grace lavishers, the ones with arms wide open, the courageously vulnerable, and among even—or maybe especially—the ones rejected by the Table as not worthy enough or right enough.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Nothing changes in a true, God-lasting way when we use people or push agendas or make finger-pointing arguments or accusations of heresy.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“I loosened my grip on my opinions. I entered recovery for being such a know-it-all. I stopped expecting everyone to experience God or church or life like I thought it should be done. In fact, I stopped using the word should about God altogether, I sought God, and he was faithful to answer me.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“It’s dangerous to cherry-pick a few stand-alone verses, particularly when they are used as a weapon to silence and intimidate, effectively benching half the church5 in the midst of holy harvest season when the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“Stop waiting for someone else to say that you count, that you matter, that you have worth, that you have a voice, a place, that you are called. Don't you know, darling? The One who knit you together in your mother's womb is the one singing these words over you, you are chosen.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women
“We reject the lies of inequality, we affirm the Spirit, we forgive radically, we advocate for love and demonstrate it by folding laundry, and we live these Kingdom ways of shalom prophetically in the world.”
Sarah Bessey, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women

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