Why create this site?
As Christians, we are to mature in the faith & grow in our understanding of Scripture. We were not created to live on “milk” forever (Hebrews 5:12-14). We were created to understand the deeper truths of Scripture (Hebrews 6:1). As we mature in the faith, we are called to teach those who are less mature in order to “equip the saints,” build a stronger Bride of Christ, and create a stronger unity within the Church based on the truths of Scripture and not by compromising truth (Ephesians 4:11-16).
We are a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are not to live like unbelievers who are blind to the understanding of Scripture (Ephesians 4:17-24).
If we remain on “milk” and never grow stronger in the doctrines of Scripture, we will be “blown by every wind of false doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) and will not have the strength to stand up to the “wiles of the Devil” (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Why do I feel that such a site is necessary?
There are lots of sites out there for specifically for Christian women. A few of these sites are wonderful, but most are not. The few that are good are not typically very popular so they don’t show up very high when you search for Christian women sites in a search engine.
Some good sites:
Characteristics of bad sites:
- Emotional/Feelings driven
- Works based (“how to be a better ______”)
- Laden with unBiblical teachings
So, why create another site when there are good ones out there? I hope to promote and grow these other good sites. There is also nothing wrong with saturating the market with solid Christian teaching. It is my hope that we can support each other. What I don’t cover or miss or may not go into greater detail, hopefully another site out there will and vis-a-versa.
My hope is that this site will be a source of learning, sharpening, and encouragement for Christian women. I also pray that this site will be a resource for women who have questions and desire to know the Lord better.
Theology is essentially the study of God. Christian theology is derived from God’s self-revealed Word, the Bible, and includes study of His attributes, nature, and revelations. Christian doctrine is derived from the study of Biblical theology using proper hermeneutics (science of interpretation). (2 Peter 3:18, Titus 1:9, Titus 2:1)
Apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia,” meaning “to give a defense.” It does not mean “to apologize” for your beliefs but to defend them. Christian apologetics is a defense of Christian theology, doctrine, and the Bible. There are two forms of apologetics, presuppositional and evidential, which this site will cover. (1 Peter 3:15)
To discern means “to distinguish, judge, test, scrutinize, deem worthy.” To be discerning is to be able to recognize truth from false. It is imperative that Christians hone their discernment skills to prevent following a false teacher or teaching others something that is false. (1 Kings 3:9, Philippians 1:10, Proverbs 8:8-9, Hosea 14:9, Ephesians 4:14, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:10-20) It is not my goal to tell a lady what to think about a person or subject, even though my opinions may be obvious; my goal is to teach women how to use their Bibles in order to recognize when something counterfeit presents itself.
It is important to study history. If it were not, God would not have included it in His Word. The old adage is correct, “Those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it,” however, there is also wisdom in our history that we do not want forget either. Unless you attend a seminary, you most likely know very little of church history. (Psalms 78:3-4, Romans 15:4)
We will discuss the importance of living as a Christian without falling into legalism. Some things we will talk about are prayer, Bible reading, the role of men and women, evangelism, mercy ministries, church life, persecution, etc… (Romans 12:1-2, James 1:22, Colossians 3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Studying God’s Word is probably the most vital part of the life of the Christian. While every post will be saturated in Scripture, it is my desire to also have the occasional post dedicated to a study of a specific passage rather than a topic. I will also go over specific mechanisms/strategies of Bible study. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 1:3, Deuteronomy 8:3)
Controversial Issues of the Day
Finding Scriptural answers for some of life’s more challenging questions and the social issues of the day is very important. All Christians need to be able to give an answer when faced with challenging questions and controversial issues of the day. Some of the topics I hope to address include: abortion, homosexual marriage, gun rights, war, persecution, ecumenism, finances, capital punishment, drugs/alcohol, cloning/stem cell research, education, immigration, healthcare, birth control, etc… (2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, 2 Timothy 4:2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
This site is for women and women alone. Men are welcome to read if they are concerned about what their wives or daughters are reading but women are the intended audience.
The main audience of this site is Christian women. Christian women are instructed to teach the younger women in the faith. This does not necessarily mean older in age but more mature in the faith or more educated in one area or another. I may be more mature or educated in my understanding of theology while someone else may be more mature in their understanding of apologetics. We are all one Body with many different gifts. (Titus 2:3-8)
Unbelievers are welcome on this site. Comments and questions from unbelievers are welcome as well, as long as they are done with respect and kindness. A person truly interested and seeking answers to honest questions, is always welcome. Someone just wanting to stir up debate or controversy will not have her comments approved.
Why do I feel qualified to run this site?
I have not been to seminary; I don’t have a degree in Christian studies, theology, or apologetics; I don’t know Greek or Hebrew; I am far from being the most mature Christian woman out there. So, why do I think I am qualified to teach women anything?
For starters, I want to show women that you don’t have to go to seminary, study Biblical languages, or know every big word in theological studies to learn the truths of Scripture. I am a laywoman who likes to study and research. I want to show other laywomen that just because you didn’t go to seminary doesn’t mean you can’t dive into the deep water and learn. Seminary is an amazing blessing but all learning doesn’t stop there either. We are to never stop learning the greater truths of the Faith regardless if we have a PhD in Biblical Studies or a GED.
Second, I don’t know it all. I don’t even know a fraction of it. But, I do know more than I did. I am not a super mature Christian but I’m no longer an infant Christian. I have people in my life that are pulling me along, ones who are walking beside me, and some I am pulling along. As the Christian family, we are all maturing. Some are more mature, some are less. I’m somewhere in the middle. I’m sure there will be times when I need correcting. I welcome that. We are told to hold each other up. To correct each other with love. It is my goal that I will be able to teach those new in the Faith, the basics and encourage those who have been Christians a long time but haven’t ever really delved into the deeper truths, to dig in deeper.
Third, I want to. I have a desire and passion for research and writing. Not everyone does. Some are gifted and passionate about evangelism or hospitality or serving those less fortunate. Those are all important roles and we are all called to do those things but we are each gifted by the Holy Spirit for a particular role in which we are to serve in with most of our energy and time.
“The Lord wants to honor those who are faithful to hold the Truth and pass the Truth along. You need to do that wherever you are. You say, ‘Well, I don’t know much.’ Well, find somebody who knows less than you do and teach them what you know. Find somebody who knows more than you do and learn what they know. Get in the process. Get in the process. Be a teacher. I’ll tell you right now what you teach you retain and what you don’t teach you forget. I can read a book, close it up, I’ll forget it very soon. I read a book, pull out of it a truth, teach that truth, I’ll never forget it. What I give away, I keep; what I don’t give away, I lose. So learn to teach.” John MacArthur (The Elements of a Strong Spiritual Life, Part 1B)
“If you are going to be a strong believer, you going to have to see yourself as a teacher. That means: First, you going to have to be a diligent student of the Scriptural message. You got to be willing to study it. (2 Timothy 2:15) You need to be a diligent student, handling accurately the Word of Truth. That’s essential if you’re going to be an effective leader, if you’re going to be an effective Christian. Secondly, you need to be able to clearly articulate it. You need to speak the things that confirm sound doctrine. You need to speak clearly. You need to understand. You need to be able, as I mentioned Peter’s words, to give the people who ask you a reason for the hope that is in you. So you want to read and study the Word and you want to clearly articulate the word. Then, it is necessary that you be loyal and faithful to that Biblical message. That means not only in the articulating but in the living of it. If you want to be being continually empowered, if you want to know the power of God in your life, then you have to live in accord to that Word. Study it, articulate it, and be loyal and faithful to it. Fight for it, but more than that, live it. And if it becomes a part of the warp and woof of your life, you’ll fight for it. And, then lastly, you must be continually involved in the training of someone else, the equipping of someone else who can pass it on to someone else. You see, beloved, we are in a relay race, you’re in it, you have the baton in your hand, somebody gave it to you, somebody gave you the Truth, you’ve got it, you’ve got to give it to somebody else. You have to be a teacher. That’s where it starts, Paul says. The Lord wants strong believers. And one of the elements of a strong spiritual life, is to see one’s self as a teacher, with whom the truth of God is deposited, to which we are to be intensely and permanently loyal, and faithful to pass on. Are you doing that? Are you loyal to the Truth? Do you live it, love it, defend it, stand by it no matter what it costs, and are you passing it on?” ~ John MacArthur (The Elements of a Strong Spiritual Life, Part 1B)
- I have asked some pastor friends of mine to look over an article of mine from time to time to make sure that I am understanding a topic properly.
- My husband is also reviewing my work.
I read books ranging from the Reformers to the Puritans to theologians of today like John MacArthur and RC Sproul. Below are a few of the ones I have used as resources recently.
- God Questions by S. Michael Houdmann
- The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns
- Handbook of Today’s Religions by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart
- The Kingdom of the Cults by Ravi Zacharias
- God’s Inerrant Word: An International Symposium on the Trustworthiness of Scripture edited by John Warwick Montgomery
- The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament by John Walton, Victor Matthews, and Mark Chavalas
- The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener
- Old Testament Times: A Social, Political, and Cultural Context by RK Harrison
- Church History by Christopher Catherwood
- God’s High Calling for Women by John MacArthur
- Divine Design by John MacArthur
- The Attributes of God by Arthur W Pink
- Can I Trust the Bible? by RC Sproul
- Defending Your Faith by RC Sproul
- Among many others
- Among others
I have several women in my life that are very sound in their theology and have unique experiences in which to glean from. From time to time, I may ask them to guest post on a topic they are especially close to.
*Note: I do not necessarily agree with every point or even any point espoused by a website, book, creed/confession, etc. Most of these I do agree with in the majority of what they teach, however, some I may not agree with at all or may disagree with some aspect of what they teach. I do believe that it is important, if we are solid in the Faith, to read those we do not agree with to fully understand where a person is coming from and to know how to Biblically address their stances.
This site is for encouraging, edifying, educating, and testifying of the mercy and grace God has shown His children. Any comment with cursing, suggestive language, threatening words/tone, or inappropriately aggressive behavior will be automatically deleted. Any advertising will also be banned, with the exception of sharing other sites, teachers, conferences, books, etc… that are not obviously false teachings. Mocking of any one will not be tolerated. We may not agree with a certain belief system or theological stance, but that does not give us liberty to act crass and unloving. If you want to convince someone of your stance on a subject, you will have more luck with lovingly educating them on the subject rather than mocking them for what they believe. (Philippians 4:8, Ephesians 4:29-32) All publication of comments are at the discretion of the administrator(s).
Debate and disagreement is often very beneficial to us. It gives us a chance to practice explaining what and why we believe what we do. It challenges us to go deeper into what it is we believe and why. It helps us to discover for ourselves what it is we believe rather than relying on what someone else told us. You are also much more likely to remember something that you have had to defend.
Much of what I will post will be quite controversial. We will not all agree. If you want to comment or question in disagreement to something I have written, a guest poster has written, or another commenter has stated, please remember to do it with respect, kindness, and patience. Disagreements and debate can often get heated because we are passionate about what we believe, however, that never excuses harsh words or rudeness. (1 Peter 3:8-17, Ephesians 4:1-3, Ephesians 4:26, Proverbs 15:1)
Remember that what you say and how you say it can effect your witness and the witness of the Bride of Christ to unbelievers and those weaker in the faith. Speak truth and speak it boldly but with the love, patience, mercy, and grace that our Savior extended to you once and continues to grant us on a daily basis. (Ephesians 4:15-16, Proverbs 12:18, Matthew 12:36, Colossians 4:6)
Comments and questions from unbelievers are welcome, as long as they are done with respect and kindness. A person truly interested and seeking answers to honest questions, is always welcome. Someone just wanting to stir up debate or controversy will not have her comments approved.
Men will not be allowed to comment on this site. If a man wants to email a concern or question, it will be viewed by myself and my husband who will either reply or advise me in how to address the email.
If a man would like to inquire of a site appropriate for men to learn from, we will provide our suggestions of excellent sites.
I have heard other women comment that they have received emails from men criticizing the woman for teaching on a public media. If the woman has made it clear that she is directing her teachings to only women, then the sin lies with the man visiting her site for teaching. The controversy of women teaching men will be addressed in a post one day.
I may have the occasional guest post from a man, especially if it is over a topic that I am not comfortable in my level of knowledge and I do not know a woman who is knowledgeable on the subject who wants to write the article. If this is the case, he will be allowed to address any questions or comments regarding his post.