It's been a busy week, and in the midst of the business life, I've had lots of "stuff" floating around in my head that I don't have time to think through fully.
I was thinking about women teaching in the light of posts from Aimee Byrd, Persis Lorenti, Deb Welch, and Lisa Spence. I was thinking how there is often a reluctance among women to question popular women teachers because it is viewed as being judgmental. I think we all need to review what that word means. I find it so frustrating when women refuse to question things because they're afraid every question means their being judgmental or using speech in an unwholesome way. This is actually one of the reasons young people become frustrated with the church, especially when they go away to school and their profs are expecting them to ask questions. Personally, I think anti-intellectualism starts with a fear of asking questions. There's my sermonette on that.
I would love to have a bible that is a parallel version with the ESV and the NASB. That will never happen, I'm sure, because it wouldn't sell nearly as well as some of the study bibles that have come out. I enjoyed Carl Trueman's thoughts on this.
Speaking of bibles, mine had a bath on the weekend. A poorly sealed water bottle and an hour long car ride soaked the bottom of my leather tote bag and the bible sitting at the bottom. The pages are now dry and I'm thinking of ways to flatten the pages. Thankfully, the binding and cover are still in good shape. This is what it looks like when your wet bible dries out:
When I'm done working on it, I may post some before/after pictures.
In my ladies' Sunday school class last week, we talked about how children and marriage can become an idol for people. At school last weekend, I sat with two single women in their 30's and they both exressed that same thought. One of them in particular was very disappointed that most studies about women in the Bible end up talking about how women relate to men. She has no plans to marry, and found this frustrating. It made me think about how narrow women's ministries can be. Lore Ferguson Willet had good article related to this.
Yesterday and overnight, we had winds gusting up to 90km/h. Now is when it will really look like November, because there are probably no leaves left on the trees. I'm glad I went out with my camera last week. I took some pictures of the last vestiges of nice fall weather. I don't mind grey days, actually. One just has to bundle up.
And now to get started on this day. I have a date with the book of Mark, and hope to finish it today as well as getting my Sunday school lesson done.