God Has Come to Dwell With Us

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.

 

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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

TGC Women’s Conference 2018

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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.

Training for Women Bible Teachers

Workshops on Biblical Exposition

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.

 

Equipping Women of Influence in the Church

Are you a woman who is teaching, writing, or leading other women in the church? These main sessions from the Revive’15 Conference are very helpful for equipping women in ministry, teaching, and writing. The eight plenary sessions are available online here. If you only have time for two, be sure to check out Jen Wilkin’s “Teaching the Word in Fear and Fearlessness,” and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s “A Charge to Teach the Word.”

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Mary Kassian gives a helpful overview of the feminist movement and its impact on the evangelical church. We must be aware of both the positive and negative effects of the movement, and how feminism has influenced our thinking and practice. Mary reminds us to hold firm to God’s good and wise design for male and female according to Scripture. She will be teaching again this year at Revive ’17, Adorned: Women Mentoring Women The Titus 2 Way.