As a Christian woman I am offended by the so-called women’s Bible studies and teachers that are available to us. The landscape is littered with many women’s teachers whose studies and conferences are geared toward our emotions and not our intellect. I realize that we are the more emotional gender, but to ignore our intellect is just downright offensive. It’s as if they’re saying we’re not smart enough to understand theology.
In the past I went through a few Beth Moore studies and conferences, and each time, I came away thinking something was wrong with me because I got nothing out of them. Her worship services were emotionally charged and her studies didn’t explain biblical text at all. She found a way to make the stories and scriptures about us. I don’t do emotional fluff. I’m not saying I’m not an emotional person. I can get pretty emotional at times. But when it comes to studying the Bible, I don’t want emotional fluff. I don’t want someone to tell me what THEY think the scripture means about us. I want to know what GOD meant when He gave us His Word. That is why I got nothing out of Beth Moore. I went in wanting to learn the truth of God’s Word but instead got emotional goo. Once we know and understand what scripture teaches, once we understand why God did what He did, and why Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins, then we can respond with the proper emotion.
The number of true women’s Bible teachers are very small. Two that come to mind are Nancy Guthrie (http://www.nancyguthrie.com/) and Susan Heck (http://www.withthemaster.com/). These two women go through the Bible and explain what the verses mean (God’s interpretation), not what they think they mean. If you’re interested in their studies, they both have podcasts you can listen to. Nancy’s is “Help Me Teach The Bible” and Susan’s is “With The Master”. No emotional goo, just straight up Bible study.
So, I’ll pass on the ladies conferences. If I want emotional, I’ll find some chick flick to watch. When it comes to Bible studies, I prefer those that challenge me to increase my knowledge of the Bible. Give me the Greek and Hebrew words and what they mean so that I can understand it better. You can keep the Kleenex.