What She Didn’t Say

A couple of months ago, Beth Moore posted an open letter to “[our] Brothers In Christ”, shedding light on her experiences as a woman in vocational ministry–particularly her experiences of misogyny and even discrimination. I encourage you to read it (link above).  I have no doubt that each paragraph is painstakingly crafted; each word carefully chosen.  I would do a disservice to you and to her if I tried to summarize it here.

What I want to take a moment to explore with you is the little part she quickly breezed past in her letter: the reason she stayed silent.  Continue reading “What She Didn’t Say”

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Quote of the Day

“If in our pursuit of greater theological knowledge God has gotten smaller, we’ve been deceived along the way.”

~Beth Moore, Believing God

it’s not About Me, at least not entirely

I started this blog a couple of years ago because I would go to a Bible study, or read a book or a devotional, and have some kind of interesting thought or even a revelation about God, or faith, or living as a Christian. I would go home to my empty house and want to tell someone about it, but I lived alone.

Eventually the thought occurred to me to try to write those things out, and even to post them on a blog. But, I didn’t really tell anyone about it. And while you’re scratching your head, wondering how blogging to no one is different than talking to myself as I stand over the kitchen sink eating my dinner, I’ll tell you that it is pretty much the same. And really different.

Writing these things out helped me solidify what would have otherwise been fleeting ideas and revelations. I’ve learned from the process; and I think that is evident in the writing to anyone who’s daring enough to sift through this blog’s history.

The point never was to make myself out to be an authority on Christianity. I am neither a dead English apologist, nor a perky blond Texan. This is just me, trying to figure a thing or two out; which may or may not be helpful or interesting to those who happen to wander onto this site.   While I think some of my older posts may have a tone that comes off like I know something that you need to know too, that was never my attitude nor perspective.  Hopefully my tone is more genuine these days.

What you can expect to see from here on out is more of the things that I learn, the things I discover, and the things that interest or even excite me. The occasional video, or image should be expected.  You may even see that the posts become more and more broad, and more loosely related to one another.  That’s because I’m learning about God in a whole bunch of different ways, some of them more subtle than others.

What you can expect not to see here are posts about my knitting club, my love for cats or videos of my children.  Not that those things don’t make great blogs, but none of them are applicable to my life.  So you may or may not get to know me better.  But I don’t feel like that’s the point of this blog, anyway.  It’s why I never did the obligatory ‘About Me’ post, so common on blogger.

Bible Study Begins Tonight!

Tonight we kick off our 10 week study of Esther, ala Beth Moore. I am excited, because I think we’ll have a fun and unique group. I’m also excited because this is, hands down, my favorite Old Testament book. Why? Not because our protagonist is a woman (although that is refresing). Esther is written without direct reference to God–he’s never mentioned by name, and is never mentioned as having specifically intervened any way throughout Ester’s story. In fact, this has brought the book under scrutiny in the past, with some historical critics claiming that it shouldn’t be considered part of the Bible. But I think that the subtlety of God’s presence throughout the book is it’s brilliance.

How often do you hear a narrator, like Harold Crick, over your life story saying “and then God did this…”? How often do you literally wrestle with angles, encounter burning bushes or see Jesus walk through the wall of your living room? Esther’s story reads a lot like how we experince daily life. God’s hands are all over it, there’s no doubt, but the book is devoid of the dramatic biblical devices that we equate with God’s involvement yet hardly encounter in our own lives. I think sometimes when we read stories in the Bible recounting the unbelieveable, we do actually find them unbelieveable. Our familiarity with these stories allows us to categorize them with fairy tales we were told as children. It’s not that we don’t believe God parted the Red Sea, we just don’t think that’s the same God we encounter today.

Well folks, it is. And Esther’s story–a story that happens right in the middle of a whole lot of unbelievable activity–that reminds us that God is present in our life too; even if we can’t hear a narrator tell us so.

Beth Moore Quote of the Day

“Satan loves isolation. He wants to draw the believer out of healthy relationshiops into isolated relationships and out of healthy practices into secretive, unhealthy practices. He purposefully woos us away from those who might openly recognize the seduction and call his hand on it. Let’s beware of anything that separates us from godly people”