I’m a Christian woman, yet I tend to avoid anything labeled “women’s _______” within the church or realm of Christianity. I always risk being misunderstood when I express myself on this issue. But I find that women’s things (whether it be books, discussions, blogs, events, Bible studies, etc) tend to be: devotional or “light” in nature, emotional/relational, or focused entirely on a women’s “role” as wife/mother/housewife.
Yes, there are exceptions! And none of the above things are bad…We all need devotional thoughts sometimes. But not all the time! We are not going to make much spiritual progress without deeper and more challenging teaching too. And what about women who are not wives, mothers or housewives?? Not all women are you know! But more importantly, women are more than their “role” in life. There is danger in defining yourself solely by your role. Women need to be more deeply grounded in the Word and theology, and rest in their identity in Christ.
I know I am not the only woman who feels this way. I appreciated this post over on the Parchment and Pen blog entitled “Why I think women need to study theology.” Thanks to the author Lisa Robinson for sharing her thoughts. I appreciate her point that precisely because women tend to be more emotionally or relationally geared is why they need more objective teaching. “Instruction in theology proper will force an objectivity that I think might not otherwise be present, as Christian women strive to grow in their Christian walk.”
Recently I posted a note on a Christian blog site that I was looking for blogs with more depth and substance by Christian women. Unfortunately, the only responses I got referred me to light, devotional sites. Sigh. (Even sadder to me, was that the referrers thought these sites had depth!) Okay…sorry…I don’t want to get too negative!
I am ending this post on a positive note! Recently I have discovered several blogs/web sites by Christian women that do have more biblical and theological depth and substance. Here they are:
- New Life, by Marg Mowczko. This isn’t a blog exactly, but a web site where Marg posts articles and Bible study notes. She writes on gender equality issues frequently, but there are articles on a variety of other biblical and theological issues as well.
- Practical Theology for Women, by Wendy Alsup. I remember when I first found her blog, because the post was “The Terrible Sin of Eisigesis.” I remember being so excited (haha) to see a post of this nature on biblical interpretation. But don’t worry, Wendy is very down to earth and blogs on a variety of Christian issues.
- Tapestry, a Christian Women’s Collective, is a blog with many featured female writers and thinkers who have come together to engage culture from a biblical worldview. (It is a part of bible.org).
- Finally, while this is not a blog, I really appreciate Susan’s Book Group. Susan has lead the women at her church through reading many books of depth and substance, by authors such as R C Sproul, C J Mahaney, Randy Alcorn, John Piper, John Bunyan, C S Lewis and dozens more solid, biblical writers. She shares the discussion questions she used for the book discussions.
I hope these web sites might be an example and encouragement to women that it is possible to take women deeper into spiritual things. We need more women to lead the way.