Who is Shepherding Your Women’s Ministry?

In many churches, the women’s ministry can seem to run like a well-managed resort. Special events feature a warm welcome, excellent cuisine, choice of activities, and even a small gift to take home!

There are very capable and creative women in leadership hosting Bible studies, mom’s groups, and retreats. Yet there is a troubling trend that has emerged in many local churches. Very often women’s ministries exist on their own islands, detached from the involvement of the shepherds of the church.

While taking an island vacation with your women’s ministry may sound fun at first, a commitment to living on that island can eventually be problematic.

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Upcoming course: Great Women of the Faith

Ladies, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to learn about great women of Christianity. The course can be taken for credit or you may enjoy it as an audit student. It is being offered at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario on May 7-10 from 9am-4pm.

Great Women of the Faith with Dr. Michael Haykin & Dr. Linda Reed.

“Women have played significant roles in church history. Church history scholar, Dr. Michael Haykin, along with Dr. Linda Reed, will present for the first time at Heritage a survey of the story of the impact of these women from biblical times to the revivals of the 18th century and the missionary movement that followed.  Join us as we look at such remarkable Christians as Perpetua and Macrina, Queen Jane Grey and Phillis Wheatley, and Amy Carmichael and Elisabeth Elliot: ‘Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith’ (Heb 13:7b).”

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The Bestselling Christian Books of 2017

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

 

How to (Consistently) Get More of God’s Word in 2018

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.

Why Do the Hard Work of Exposition?

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“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.

4 Things I Have Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

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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