Anyone ever read Horton Hears A Who? A person's a person, no matter how small. I thought about that this morning.
The whole kerfuffle about Ann Voskamp's book discouraged me a great deal. A number of weeks ago, I was asked by the co-ordinator of our women's ministry committee about One Thousand Gifts. I had read enough to know I wasn't interested in reading it myself. I directed her to some reviews. End of story. Lo, and behold, last week Tim Challies reviewed it and then apologized, so the drama has been in the forefront of my mind. What has bothered me is how both sides reacted to the book. Trisha had an excellent post about this yesterday. I recommend you read it. At the same time, I think those who criticized Tim for acting on his conscience should leave well enough alone.
This morning, Tim linked to another post about the issue at The Christian Pundit. I'm not familiar with that blog, but I appreciated the comments. This comment particularly caught my attention:
What are we women doing for our own serious, ongoing theological education? Is our passion for Christ flowing from biblical grounding expressed in ways that accord with our Reformed heritage?
This is a worthwhile question, and one that we should be asking daily. The answer is that there are many of us who are doing a lot about our theological education. We are nameless, faceless, anonymous women who are doing exactly that: learning. We are the small time bloggers, and some of us are blog-less. But we are here. We are ordinary women who are at home all day keeping the house, caring for the kids, loving our husbands, and loving sound teaching. We read Berkhof, Lloyd-Jones, the Puritans, know the difference between systematic and biblical theology, and what the aorist tense of a Greek verb is. Maybe we even conjugate those Greek verbs in our heads while we whip us some home made cinnamon buns or sew curtains for the living room.
I can say for a certainty that one of my closest friends echoed just about every sentiment about One Thousand Gifts that I heard expressed in the blog world, including what The Christian Pundit expressed today. Who is she? Is she famous? Where is her blog? She doesn't have one. Likely, she never will. But she is one of THE most astute theologians I have ever had the privilege of meeting and working with. And she lives her faith out. She recognized instantly the issues with One Thousand Gifts. She took what she could and moved on. No, she's not in the blog circles, nor will she ever be linked to anyone famous. But her spiritual legacy will be rich, indeed. My husband reminded me recently with this: the blog world is not THE world.
There are women out there educating themselves. We need not feel discouraged about that. We are here, we are here, we are here.
On Tuesday night, I along with a number of other women, gathered though Facebook to discuss the book According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy. Desiring Virtue is hosting these discussions weekly. I was profoundly blessed by the number of women of all ages who want to know deep theology.
We're out here. We live in the sphere of the ordinary. Likely none us will never be famous, but we are here and by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are learning.