Not long ago I asked the ladies in bible study if they could tell me why it’s important for them to know the attributes of God. While making my way through the list of attributes from Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy, I gave the example of immutability. “Why do you need to know that God is what in theology is called immutable (unchanging over time or unable to be changed)?” Continuing, I asked: “Why is it important for you in your life as a Christian, as a woman, to know that God doesn’t change? “What would happen if God was inconsistent?”
Our life, our habits, the way we make decisions, which decisions we make, are all the practical outworking of the theology of our hearts. This is true even if we don’t recognize that our heart and mind are processing things through that “filter.”
Scripture tells us God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He doesn’t change. He doesn’t start down one road, change his mind and decide to do a U-turn. He doesn’t order vanilla ice cream and say “oh shucks I wish I had gotten strawberry instead.” So if our God doesn’t change his opinion willy-nilly, if he doesn’t start a plan and give up on it when it gets difficult, and if he’s not capricious, then what does that mean for you as a Christian woman?
Read the rest of my article over at The Council On Biblical Manhood And Womanhood
I grew up in Arabic churches where women wore lace head coverings, a tradition still practiced in some Eastern Orthodox, pre-Vatican II Catholic, and Middle Eastern churches. When I questioned my mom about it, she told me she covered her head out of respect to God. Years later, at a non–denominational megachurch, I was taught that “none of that stuff applies anymore.”
In a culture where a vast majority of Christian women never consider a veil or hat for Sunday service, Bible verses addressing head coverings get quickly dismissed as irrelevant.
Read the rest of my article over at Christianity Today’s her.meneutics
I first read C.S. Lewis just after I arrived in the United States as a nine-year-old girl. Born in Iraq, I was still learning English when I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and it captured my attention and my imagination.
Life moved on, I settled into this country, I became an adult, and I later read other non-fiction and philosophical books by Lewis. But what breaks me — even to this day — are a few pages in his fiction book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
A Rotten Boy
In those pages, C.S. Lewis offers us a powerfully personal image of regeneration.
The scene starts with Eustace, a rotten boy, who has found himself in possession of a large fortune. He imagines the life and comforts he could now enjoy, and in his comforts he falls asleep with his treasure. When he awakes, Eustace is no longer a boy but a dragon, the outward manifestation of his inner greed and selfishness…. read the rest of my article at Desiring God.
Those who struggle with depression, mental illness, autoimmune diseases or other chronic illnesses know the pain and darkness of mothering under these hard providences. This is our silent reality, the reality which breaks upon us every morning—relentlessly driving our lives. We read books, go to doctors, take medication (at times), and weep over our Bibles. We beg and plead for relief. The reply returns: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
Indeed, we are weak: physically, mentally, or emotionally. We suffer, year in and year out. These things are true of me.
How do I mother through these burdens which seem to have no end in this life?
Read the rest of my article at The Council On Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
My article, Our Unhealthy Obsession with Pastors, is now up at Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics site.
Part of my essay on women and an anti–intellectual church culture published this morning over at Karis, the new women’s channel at Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
In his book, Knowing Scripture, R.C. Sproul writes:
Countless times I have heard Christians say, “Why do I need to study doctrine or theology when all I need to know is Jesus?” My immediate reply is this: “Who is Jesus?” As soon as we begin to answer that question, we are involved in doctrine and theology.
These words have been imprinted on my mind for years…. You can read the rest here.
I find it helpful to think in paradigms, particularly in terms of the biblical sequence creation-fall-redemption-recreation. The glorious vision of the recreation of marriage under and in Christ has expanded my small thoughts on the entire issue, to help lift my eyes off the everyday pettiness and look at my marriage through the lens of the powerful cosmic-sized gospel. Read the rest of my article here.
For those who didn’t see the list, or didn’t get a chance to read these articles when they were first published: Last week GCD published their list of top 10 articles from 2012. Number 1 was my article Raising Gospel Centered Children, and number 5 was my article Finding Christ in the Family Room.
I hope these help some of the newer readers.
Early on this year, I remember having one of those light bulb moments where some things became clearer. Reading Jonathan Dodson’s Unbelievable Gospel some months later crystallized some of those thoughts. I was convicted by the years I had spent proselytizing others toward lifestyle choices and church traditions, rather than evangelizing or sharpening brother and sisters through the gospel of Christ. This article: The Problem With Proselytizing was born out me of thinking through some of these issues. It is published over at GCD.