This is a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. It’s part of a larger thought floating around my head about how much I love women and a longing for some good evangelical training courses that welcome women and want to train them how to teach the Bible/do ministry etc. (if you know of any that have a broad persuasion when it comes to the women teaching thing I’d love to hear from you). I hang out with more people of a conservative pursuasion on the Christian end of things and I’m a little sad to see the lack of women teachers and preachers for women, or decent training. There is, afterall, something unique about being taught by someone of your own gender. I’m gutted that the womens convention this year has a man speaking (I know he’s a great speaker but I know so many women who can speak just as well and it seems to make sense in that context to have women teaching women.). Anyway, I sense this could develop into a serious rant if I don’t get to my slightly different point of this post.
I love reading blogs by women who are Christians. Mainly because there aren’t enough of them and also they have a delightfully different flavour to them than the average Christian blog. Lots of Christian blogs written by men seem to fall short on personality, creativity or talking about anything that’s not specifically ‘Christian’ (apologies for the over generalisation, please prove me wrong). There’s not much of a full well rounded perspective to life coming through (maybe that’s because the blogs are set up to be ‘theological blogs’ with a specific purpose? maybe that’s the greater ease with which men seem to have different boxes in their heads for different bits of life?). I worry that life becomes reduced down to theological statements or an obsession with the Christian subculture. I worry that when I read some blogs it’s almost like the author is wearing their ‘Chrsitian’ hat and afraid to admit to their audience that they love things like the Inbetweeners and Glee. (again horray for Mo who’s latest blog incarnation is the opposite to this)
I love blogs that are written by Christians but express the wide angle lens of life on this planet. I love blogs that demonstrate that there is value in thinking about things that don’t have nice Christian labels on them. Mark Meynell is one of the few that manages to write with a broader perspective than just theological thoughts. Glen Scrivener , on a unashamed theological blog, manages to give fun stuff each Friday and demonstrate that he might be a normal person to talk to in real life. I guess, in a very roundabout way I’m saying I like a bit of personality to come across in blogs/talks/books/anything.
When I find a woman who blogs about life as a person and not as someone trying to demonstrate to the church what it means to be a woman, or trying to write specifically to women I get excited. (it occurs to me because that’s what I do and I want more people to be like me, but lets skip the self analysis for now) I don’t want to read blogs that are written for women. I want to read the writing of a woman that blogs. I like the difference in thinking, the creativity, the new perspectives on life. I love reading about people, their thoughts, their loves, their perspective on the many and varied things that make up this life. I like it when people don’t separate their randomness from their Christian thoughts. I’m a little sad, for this reason, that Binface has divided her blog into two, obviously that means we get more lovely Binface thoughts but I liked the random juxtapositions of rants about haircuts next to blogs about how brilliant God’s love is. I get that she has excellent reasons for doing so but I’m still a little sad.
Anyway, enough preamble. Here’s my list of lovely women who are Christian and who blog.
People who I have actually met
Binface: When the rubber hits the road.
Ali Joy Young: Beclouded but Beholding the light
Anna Hopkins: A moment in time
Adele: Circus Queen
Sarah: Cake and Biscuits
Katrina: Standing on the Edge
Rachel: My small corner
People who I don’t really know but probably know about 3 people who do actually know them…
Emma: A New Name
Cat Caird: Gospel Sunshine
Ellie Cook: Surrounded by clouds
Sarah Dawkins: Living in a field of Hats
I’d love to hear of more so if you have anymore suggestions of good blogs I can read then comment below. Apologies for the slight forey into the gender wars on this post. Just dipping my toe in the waters and as a hater of the gender stereotype I realise I’ve probably fallen very short of my own standards.