What books are being read by the women in our churches? Check out Tim Challies’ “A Guided Tour to 2017’s Bestselling Christian Books.” Tim has a very discerning mind and love for God’s truth. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Readers bear the responsibility of ensuring that what they read is consistent with the Bible. The fact that a book is published under a Christian label and sold in a Christian bookstore has absolutely no bearing on whether it is filled with truth or stuffed full of error. At a time where truth is easier than ever to access and book reviews abound, there’s no reason to be taken in by the junk.”
Check out many other theologically sound resources and reviews at his blog, Challies.com
Check out this excellent article by Dorothy Kelley Patterson on cultivating spiritual disciplines that you can maintain beyond January. She offers six practical ways to develop patterns that will help you consistently enjoy the Bible:
- Choose a time
- Determine a plan
- Meditate as you read
- Memorize Scripture
- Pray fervently and specifically
- Write on your heart
Read the full article here. This and numerous other helpful resources are available at BiblicalWoman.com, a ministry of Southwestern Seminary’s Women’s Programs.
Christmas…is it really the most wonderful time of the year?
Is anyone actually deriving true joy from “the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer”?
I do love the twinkling lights, the beautiful carols, and the special events. It is such a lovely and peaceful season. Or is it? Continue reading
Are you enjoying Christmas carols this season? There are also some excellent worship songs that emphasize the gospel in Advent. Here is one that I hope blesses and encourages you to think on the amazing truths of Jesus coming to dwell with us.
Looking for something different this year? Check out the new advent devotionals taught by Pastor John Piper. Go to DesiringGod here.
“Your story and my story might have the power to amuse someone or impress someone, even inspire someone. But let me tell you, only God’s story centered in the person and work of Christ has the power to make dead people alive…
That’s why Him we proclaim, we proclaim Christ and not ourselves…
We’re not out to make friends or fans for ourselves. We’re out to reconcile people to God. That’s why we do the work of exposition. We start with the Scriptures, we’re doing the work to figure out what they have to say, what the main point or implication is first. Then we’re figuring out what story will help to open up the hearts and minds of women to see their need for, and to be open to, accepting the implication of this passage for their lives. That’s how we want to use story.”
Nancy Guthrie challenges women Bible teachers and writers to do the hard work of exposition to make the mystery of Christ known. This is a must listen for all women Bible teachers and writers! Thank-you Nancy for your work to the glory of Christ!
Listen to her podcast on here.
*Originally published by The Gospel Coalition Canada.
If there was a romantic comedy about my life leading up to marriage it would be called “Christmas by Candlelight.” It would begin when I see a handsome stranger, and we lock eyes across the room of an Old Testament seminary class. It feels like love at first sight, and a friendship develops. But confusion ensues over six months until he finally makes his intentions known.This is followed by him cooking me an incredible meal as we clear up all of the miscommunication and laugh into the evening! We then fall in love surrounded by Christmas lights, and he later proposes in the budding spring gardens of a castle courtyard. The montage of our exquisite December wedding is set to the music of the live Motown band from our candlelit reception.
The final scenes of our wedding day set up the sequel of our “picture perfect” future: we would launch both of our successful careers, buy our forever family home, fill it with beautiful, compliant children, and make memories travelling the world together.
Just as it is rare to find a sequel as good as the original, the scenes after our wedding day have yet to play out in the “picture perfect” way I had imagined. Continue reading
Did you miss the Revive ’17 True Woman Conference this year? All of the sessions are available online! The theme of the conference this year was “Adorned: Women Mentoring Women the Titus 2 Way.” Check out all the sessions here.
Mark your calendars for The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference on June 14-16, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. The theme of the conference is “Listen and Live: Promised Grace for Rebel Hearts, Deuteronomy’s Call to Find Life in the God of Grace.”
Gather a group of ladies and take a road trip to this inspiring event with sound Bible teaching, break-out workshops, and some book store shopping, of course! For more info and to register, click here.
The Charles Simeon Trust is offering a workshop for women Bible teachers in Toronto this fall! Here is a description of the workshop being held at Olivet Baptist Church in Toronto on October 19-21, 2017:
“The Charles Simeon Trust aims to help recover the centrality of expository teaching of the Word of God, for the health and benefit of the church in our own and future generations. Training women to teach the Bible to other women is vital for building up the church and equipping its members to live out the truths of the gospel. This Workshop on Biblical Exposition is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches.”
Click here for more information and to register.