(starting music: Buddy and Julie Miller – That’s Just How She Cries)
1. I just finished (literally, about five minutes ago) J.P. Moreland’s Love Your God With All Your Mind, a book on how Christians need to have a well-developed intellectual life (something I have been sorely lacking lately), and it has me thinking: In evangelical circles, generally speaking, there aren’t a lot of women who are intellectually engaged in theology or philosophy or what have you. Granted, there are exceptions to this, and I’m privileged to know some of them, but we tend to leave serious theological study up to the boys. (If you need an example, look at any evangelical book catalog, and look at the titles written by men and those written by women.)
Sisters, we need to be engaged in the serious study of God’s Word and of our culture, both for our own edification and that of others. We may not be called to be pastors or scholars, but since when has that let any lay person off the hook? I am trying to pursue this in my own life; I encourage you to do the same.
2. If anyone busts out the “men are more intellectual, women are more emotional” clause in response to that last point, I WILL PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE. (Yes, I realize the underlying irony of that last statement. Whatever.)
3. One of the really bad side effects of being a voracious reader: My to-be-read pile has gotten huge. Obscenely so, really. It is threatening to take over my desk–which, granted, isn’t much of a feat since I have a tiny desk, but still. That’s a lot of books. I’ve been slowing down since the beginning of the year, which only means that this pile is going to be staring me in the face longer. Help.
4. Reader survey (and the first of the year, if I have my facts straight):
a) So, I’ve told you what I’m reading–what are you reading?
b) What was the last movie you watched?
c) If you were given $10,000 and were told that you had to do something for someone else with it, what would you do, and for whom?
d) What’s one thing you’d say you’re really good at? (Negative things are not allowed. Seriously, what are you really good at?)
e) Who has influenced your thinking the most (besides Jesus, okay)?