Several months ago, while I was on the True Woman website (AiG had a booth at their Chattanooga conference and will also have one at the Indianapolis conference in September), I read about an opportunity to put my blogging skills to good use for this amazing ministry. They agreed to send me a free book if I agreed to write a blog on each chapter of the book entitled, Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution. I can’t pass up a deal like that, so with the busyness of the summer behind me, I have finally decided to embark on this adventure and will try to blog about one chapter per week.
The first chapter is entitled, “The ultimate meaning of true womanhood,” by John Piper. One of my favorite phrases from Piper that I used in my womanhood presentation this summer was “Wimpy women makes wimpy theology.” He goes on to say, “Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in a way that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.” (p. 19) How true!
I discovered the importance of strong theology a few years ago when my husband and I discovered we would not be able to have children. There were a lot of tears, but at the same time, I was not hopeless—I was hopeful. God had showed me over and over through His work in my life that His Word is true. I can trust His Word when it says He is good (Mark 10:18), faithful (Lamentations 3:21–23), and on the throne (Psalm 45:6). That strong theology helped carry me through a dark time and eventually led to the blessing of our daughter Elizabeth through adoption.
However, it seems that Christian resources and conferences for women are often full of wimpy theology. There may be a lot of singing, crying, and stories, but very little teaching from the Word of God. That is why I am so excited that we now have a ministry arm, Answers for Women, that provides strong, “meaty” teaching focusing on the authority of God’s Word—beginning with Genesis, the most foundational book of the Bible. I’m also thankful for the True Woman conferences that showcase some of the best Christ-centered, Bible-focused teaching for women that I have ever encountered. Check out some of the great resources that both Answers in Genesis and True Woman provide to help make strong women with strong theology. I’ll have more on this chapter next week (too many good thoughts for just one blog!)