As we prepare to PLANT A CHURCH, I am thinking and praying a lot about Women’s Discipleship in the context of our local church. I will put it out there that I am a complementarian, but I’m trying to read a variety of articles and opinions. Here are a few that I have read that have me thinking:
More Pressing Than Women Preachers – Jen Wilkin preachin’ it. For the record, I think this article is excellent.
Women Must Be Taught And They Must Teach – Wise words from Thabiti Anyabwile.
Sisters, Beware of the Cloning Wars– by Rebekah Hannah
Why We Don’t Need “Women’s Ministry”– by Sarah Bessey and a follow-up post with more thoughts.
Why It’s Your Job To Break the Women’s Ministry Stereotype– by Sharon Hodde Miller
I’ve got a post in the docket about my thoughts on mental illness in the church. (World, are you ready?) In the meantime, I wanted to share some on-line articles/videos I’ve recently looked at on the topic:
Distigamatize Mental Health– A video interview with Michi Marshall on the Propel Woman website. Something she said in this video has really encouraged me as I strive to live my life with the challenges of OCD, “it’s not about diminished potential, it’s about changed potential.”
A New Approach to Mental Illness in the Church – A strong statement from author Ed Stetzer, “But, let me be direct here: if we immediately dismiss the possibility of mental illness and automatically assume spiritual deficiency, our actions amount to spiritual abuse. I know those are powerful and pointed words, but I believe them to be true. Please, don’t miss them.”
How Churches Can Respond to Mental Illness – Another thoughtful post from Ed Stetzer.
Making The Church A Safe Place for Mental Illness – A great start of the conversation by Stephen Altrogge.
What Christians Need To Know About Mental Health – Authentic (as always) writing from Ann Voskamp about her own family struggles with mental illness.
Any articles I should add to the list?
I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebrating your Mamas and being celebrated if you are a Mama!
Mother’s day is indeed a day of celebration for many. But for many others, it’s a challenging day for a variety of reasons. Someday I’ll write about my thoughts on the topic, but for now, I’ve been reading the writings of others. The blogs in the past couple of weeks have been buzzing with articles on topics of motherhood. Here are a few I found interesting:
Hope When Mother’s Day is Hard – Holly Gerth guest posts on Lysa TerKeurst’ss blog, “A turning point came as I read the third chapter of Genesis one morning. In it Eve is called “the mother of all living.” In that moment God seemed to whisper this truth to my heart: All women are mothers. Because all women bring life to the world in some way.”
On Mother’s Day, Remember the Infertile – Russell Moore writes, “The Proverbs 31 woman needs our attention, but the 1 Samuel 1 woman does too.”
Go Forth and Multiple: How many children should I have? – An article from Amanda Peacock, “Therefore a woman is not diminished by her lack of children because procreation is no longer the means of producing worshippers of God. It comes through regeneration, producing spiritual children for the family of God. Whether you are married or single, God gives all women ability to mother spiritual children.” (h/t challies.com)
Why Mother’s Day is for the Birds – In the way only she can, Ann Voskamp writes, “The deal is — Motherhood isn’t sainthood and we’re all a bunch of sinners here and don’t let anyone tell you any different — pushing something out of your womb doesn’t make you a better woman. Real Womanhood isn’t a function of becoming a great mother, but of being loved by your Great Father.” (h/t my girl rkessler)
The Most Life-Giving Thing Every Mother Can Do for Herself this Mother’s Day – Another one from Ann Voskamp about motherhood and the need for Grace.
Have you read any articles on mothering I should add to this list?