I am a firm believer that every person on God’s good green earth is edified and bolstered by good theology, and that we are left spiritually adrift when we do not give our attention to it. And I’ve come to three reasons that women, in particular, need good theology.
The three of us were sitting around my living room, dodging our toddlers, rocking our babies, dodging fallen Cheerios, and collecting a mental pile of all the things we yearned for: space to read our Bibles and discuss our questions with one another, time for a full cup of coffee, a night of uninterrupted sleep, rich Bible teaching, a beautiful table full of women and laughter and delicious food, opportunities beyond Sunday morning to form relationships with women who might disciple us, with women we might disciple. “Oh well,” we said. “Wouldn’t that be amazing?”
During our first worship session, Story & Soul Team member Caroline Saunders shared the big story of scripture through the image of water. We are praying that God will be glorified and that women will be drawn to him through this retelling of his story.
I think God tends to do his most profound work in small moments—the regular practice of opening up the Bible and leaving it out on the counter for random snatches of reading, of praying in the car, of keeping an open dialogue of gospel-talk with friends, of choosing to not be offended by a weird email. I think the regular moments matter most, that it’s where our roots grow and stretch deep down into the earth, grounding our faith and making it stronger.
But I also think big events can reinvigorate small-moment living. This is the reason I believe in retreats.
Our 2017 theme was The Story of Hunger, and we shared about the Bread of Life. How beautiful then to hear from Catherine Parks about how we can taste and see that the Lord is good. We are so grateful for Catherine’s wisdom and her willingness to let us share her talk from Story & Soul Weekend 2017.
If you attended Story & Soul Weekend 2017, you heard Donna Gaines speak powerfully on faith and fear. Donna graciously agreed to let us record her talk, and we are so excited to share it with you! We pray that this content will offer refreshment and renewed perspective on the joy of following Jesus.
At our 2017 retreat, Team Member Caroline Saunders shared “The Story of Hunger,” a retelling of the big story of scripture through the image of bread and hunger. Watch the video below for a preview, or experience the study in a new way: through our free 14-day study.
“God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.’” From the third verse in the Bible, light and goodness intersect. Later in the Gospel of John, we learn that not only did God create literal light, but that He himself is symbolically light—that by which we see all things.