DEBBIE BLUE

Rev. Debbie Blue is a founding pastor of House of Mercy, a church in St Paul, Minnesota. The website of the church says that she “approaches scripture like a farm wife handles a chicken, carefully but not delicately, thoroughly but not exactly cautiously.”

Magnificat: A God Who Never Stopped Considering Women seems to prove that farm metaphor right. Reverence and insolence to the sacred texts, hallowed traditions and centuries long history of biblical interpretation are kept in balance throughout the book.

Married to Jim, a fine artist, and mother of Miles and Olivia, Debbie is a Lutheran minister. Drawing form her 25-year long ministry as a preacher, she has published Sensual Orthodoxy (Cathedra Hill Press, 2003), From Stone to Living Word: Letting the Bible Live Again (Brazos Press 2008), Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible (Abingdon Press 2013) and Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible (Eerdmans, 2019). Two of his books have been published translated into Spanish by JuanUno1 Publishing House as Ortodoxia Sensual: Recuperando el Mensaje del Dios Encarnado and Considera a las Mujeres: Una Guía provocativa sobre Tres Matriarcas en la Biblia.

Debbie Blue

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A God Who Never Stopped Considering Women

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WOMEN THAT BREAK THE RULE RULES AND MAKE THEMSELVES VISIBLE.
THOUGHT AND ACTION PROVOKING. INTIMATE, FURIOUS AND LOVING, DEBBIE BLUE GIVES VOICE TO THE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE AS TOGETHER THEY TURN THE TABLE OF PATRIARCHY.

“The sayings of the wise are like goads,” warned a preacher of old: words that are not as restful as one might expect. The wise speak and are goaded into action. Or perhaps the community works and the wise merely capture its hidden wisdom –words and deeds that can be more disruptive at times than polite. Debbie Blue attempts to tap into this spirit as she develops her preaching ministry as a founding pastor of House of Mercy, in St Paul, Minnesota.

Debbie took a step further along the line of the preacher of old. She collected her sermons, and as a result you have this book in your hand. Its contents are piercing as nails sometimes:  


Goads that are unsettling more than complacent when it comes to questioning patriarchy. This is a collection of fifteen sermons that revolve around women. “The women in the Bible break a lot of rules, resist empire, disobey the cultural norms, cause good trouble (and sometimes not such good trouble). They are fully human. They help us glimpse the possibility of transformation (not always, but often). I think we are at a time and place in the life of the world where we need to hear their stories.”

THERE IS A STORY BEHIND THE REIGNING, PATRIARCHAL CHRISTIAN NARRATIVE.
IT IS THE STORY OF WOMEN, THEIR GOD, THEIR RESISTANCE.

True to her style, pastor, preacher and author Debbie Blue, in Magnificat: A God Who Never Stopped Considering Women, spurs us on to that "possibility of transformation". She and the women in the stories with their resourcefulness, dancing, joie de vivre, irreverence, solidarity, pain, laughter and anger, constantly reminds us that God loves us and means to set us free. 


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HOUSE OF MERCY

HISTORY
Founded in the spring of 1996, House of Mercy offers a discriminating blend of high church and low, of tradition and innovation, sincere worship and healthy skepticism.
Although the roots of the House of Mercy are in the free church tradition–we began as an American Baptist Church–we are committed to the diverse and rich theology and worship of the Christian church worldwide and historical. While we draw different elements of worship from many Christian ritual traditions–Lutheran (we are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox, and the free churches–at House of Mercy we seek to create a place where questions are encouraged, where you will not be handed a checklist of orthodoxy, where ambiguity is not the enemy of faith but its partner. You may occasionally be led to suspend your intellect. But you will not be required to sacrifice it.

THE VISION
To build a church through the recovery of grace-based theology, the practice of liturgical eclecticism, and active service in the world.

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