Who We Are & Why We’re Here
On July 26, 2016, Kaylee and Jeanie met up for coffee. Kaylee was new to Kansas City, and Jeanie took her to one of the many cool, hip coffee shops in town (which is ironic since neither Jeanie nor Kaylee is particularly cool or hip). However, the Lord had great plans for their ordinary meeting over a trendy cup of coffee.
On that summer evening, the Lord gave birth to a desire that He had been growing in the mind and heart of each lady long before they ever lived in the same state or knew that one another existed. The desire was simple: that women would know and love the God of Scripture with their hearts AND their minds. As Kaylee and Jeanie chatted, they discovered a mutual passion and excitement to challenge women in the church to be in the Word and to study it deeply for themselves.
For Kaylee and Jeanie, it seemed as if women had been given a “free pass” to love Jesus without ever putting forth real effort to get to know Him in a true and meaningful way. Consequently, when storms hit—as they inevitably do—the “free pass” ladies fell away from the faith because their trust was not rooted in anything of substance. They saw that many women believed theological conversations should be left to the men in the church, and Jeanie and Kaylee’s heart was to debunk this myth. Rather, women in the church needed a gospel-rich, theologically-significant, applicable, and manageable method for equipping themselves and other women to know the God of the Word.
Kaylee and Jeanie prayed, brainstormed, perused the wide reaches of the internet, and finally decided to start a blog. The platform was chosen: blog articles are easily digestible and make a great resource for any woman, whether she is a busy soccer mom, college student, or retiree. The title was coined: the ladies wanted to use their God-given minds to think on the truths of Scripture and then apply the theology (or study of God) that they learned to the way they lived. The content was settled: the blog would be a teaching blog, to help women know how to study the bible and to walk through specific doctrines and topics that are not covered in a typical women’s bible study class. The goal was fixed: this blog would NOT add to the noise or be one more thing to scroll past in a social media feed. Rather, it would exist solely to feed a starving, malnourished demographic within the church: women.
However, Kaylee and Jeanie decided quickly that this would not happen with only their four combined hands to the plow. To produce the kind of material they desired—and to produce high quality material of any kind—the ladies would need some serious reinforcements. So, they called in the cavalry.
Since Kaylee and Jeanie are members of the same church, they began to dream about what it would look like for this to be an effort of women within their local body of believers: “What if we did this collectively? What if this was a collaborative blog? What if we used this platform to encourage and strengthen the women of Liberty Baptist Church? Who are some of the women at Liberty we know who seek to study the truths of Scripture deeply for themselves and then to live in light of those truths?” Soon, it became clear that this should be a joint project between several women of the church. Invites were issued, and in the ensuing months, five other ladies joined the cause.
Rachel, the pastor’s wife, joined in eagerly to challenge and grow the women in the church. Samantha, a seminary student, joined up excited to challenge women in the body to think intentionally and rightly about the whole counsel of God. Mallory, a stay at home mom, joined the project zealous to process the things of the Lord through her writing and teaching. Margaret, the worship pastor’s wife and mom of three, joined the task to help women, including herself, pursue the deep things of the Lord and engage in theological conversations. Kaitlyn, a young but growing believer, joined in ready to challenge herself in the task of writing and to spur on conversations about the Word.
Kaylee and Jeanie imagined that this blog was a feast, and as each lady confirmed her participation, a new, unique, and scrumptious dish was placed on the table. The table here at Thinking and Theology would be sadly empty without each one of them. Readers would have to survive on a diet of chocolate cake and green beans if the work was left up to Kaylee and Jeanie alone. The ladies’ prayer quickly became one of community and voice: (1) that through the diversity represented in their team, the church would be challenged to handle diversity of thought appropriately, and (2) that through the unique voice of each writer, women from all backgrounds and stations of life would hear and respond to the truths presented.
And that’s the story of who we are.
So, why are we here and why are we asking you to be here with us? We believe there is a need, specifically in the realm of women’s teaching and writing, for women to teach, challenge and encourage other women through a right understanding of the Word—and this understanding only comes through right study. Too often we are tempted to read devotionals, blog posts, etc. for how they make us feel rather than for the very content they are teaching; this method has created a weak theology in much of what is produced for women—and we want to break that cycle. We desire to do this for ourselves and for you, but we also desire to do this with you. Though we gain much from writing and reading what each of the other ladies write, we do not want to hoard these truths—we want you to arrive at Thinking and Theology each week expecting to feast on the glorious, God-breathed truths of Scripture. And we expect you, in turn, to share the truths of Scripture with the women you encounter each week. It’s to this end that we pray and write.
As we begin this journey of learning, writing, editing, and teaching, we ask you to pray. Pray for God to shake up the current state of women’s ministry. Pray for God to grant understanding to each of us as we pursue the lifelong endeavor of knowing Him through His Word. Pray for God to make much of Himself in this blog, in our lives, and in this world. And, pray for Him to guard the Gospel that has been entrusted to us—that it might be studied, learned and communicated in a way that honors and glorifies His name.