Friday, April 21, 2006

The Write Stuff

Between diaper changes and meals--well, maybe just during naptime--I have another life. I am neither mom, nor wife, nor friend to anyone during those few stolen moments. OK, so that will never actually happen (I'm nursing my 5-month-old as I hunt & peck, so I think I'm still Mom right now). However, when I do get a few moments alone with my computer, I write, edit, read online news, check friends' blogs, etc. (Notice I didn't mention housework...) To get you a bit more aquainted with me, I am posting links to several of my favorite sites. These include blogs and web sites of friends and colleagues, my own web site (which really isn't a favorite right now - needs a lot of work!), and links to my books.


New Doors in Ministry to Women
When I was home with my first-born for only a few months, back in late 2000, Sue Edwards, then Pastor to Women at Irving Bible Church, contacted me about writing a book with her. Sue had spoken to experienced author and mutual friend, Sandi Glahn, about her vision for a book dedicated to women's ministry. Sandi, ever the helpful friend, suggested she get a co-author and "Oh, I think you should call Kelley Mathews!" Sue and I already knew each other--her daughter Heather and I had been Pine Cove counselors together back in the early 90s, so we were somewhat acquainted. Sue called me, we met, we got along famously, and our book was contracted and written within a year. Published in late 2002 by Kregel Publications, New Doors provides an outline for an effective women's ministry that will attract, serve, and teach post-modern as well as modern women in today's changing churches. A short description from Kregel's web site:

Since the heart of the model is Bible study, the Transformation Model works equally well in the church, on campuses, and on the mission field. The book provides practical suggestions for implementing this model in a variety of venues, and includes topics such as how to evaluate women’s needs, choose a team of leaders, select or write a Bible study, run a board meeting, and survive conflict.

Writing with Sue was a fun, challenging, learning experience. We enjoyed it so much we decided to team up again, this time with another friend from IBC. Linda Robinson was their resident expert on retreats, so we partnered together on Women's Retreats: A Creative Planning Guide.

Published in late 2004, this book took much less time to write and the process was a lot of fun. Linda's sense of humor kept us in stitches, and since the book was full of creative projects, themes, and games, laughter more often than not peppered our author meetings. A wonderful opportunity for me. I was pregnant through the writing of that book. I think we sent the last edits off two weeks before I gave birth to Jack. Timing is everything.

Sue and I have teamed up again for book #3. With a working title of Mixed Ministry, the book's main thesis is that Christ, in 1 Timothy 5:1-2, calls men and women to relate to one another as brothers and sisters. In the church, especially in leadership, this kind of relationship is healthy and beneficial for the entire Body; yet, many believers seem not to know how to relate to one another with this mindset. We will address the benefits of overcoming the sexual overtones of our society when relating to others, as well as tackle the real obstacles we face to fostering a sibling mentality.

This project thus far has proven a great challenge and I'm sure will take much more stamina than the previous two. We'll be writing this manuscript for at least another year, possibly longer.


Friends' Blogs and web sites

Sandi Glahn, whom I mentioned above, a loyal and loving friend who has passed more writing opportunities my way than I can count. Her writing and speaking ministry emphasize sanctitity of life issues including adoption, sexual intimacy, pregnancy loss, infertility, reproductive technologies, and ethics. You will be sure to enjoy aspire2.blogspot.com and www.aspire2.com.

Erin Teske, an old friend from church who last year dared to move far away. At least she started a blog (and IMs occasionally) so we can keep up. She's most interested in the creative arts, which she often practices on her kids :) likepaperlanterns.blogspot.com/

Mary DeMuth, another old friend from church and seminary. Her blog and web site focus on writing, family, and her new life in France as a church-planting missionary. She's funny, creative, and smart. You'll enjoy her. http://relevantblog.blogspot.com and www.relevantprose.com.

www.bible.org -- a fantastic site for serious bible students and curious seekers alike. You'll find the NET Bible (a free download!), numerous topical articles, study resources and more.

www.dts.edu The web site for Dallas Theological Seminary, one of my alma maters.

www.newdoors.info The web site for yours truly, but please don't hold it against me. It started out well after we published book one, but lack of web design talent and training, plus a change in hosts, led to some major neglect. It is outdated to say the least. My goal is to have it redesigned and completely updated this summer. Pray for me! And if anyone has some low-cost suggestions for design, I welcome your help.

I'll stop for now. It's naptime, and I should be working.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Quote of the Day

You can't make footprints in the sands of time
if you are sitting on your butt.
And who wants to make buttprints
in the sands of time?

As amusing as I find this quote, the best part about it relates to where I saw it...This was printed on a plaque hanging in Dr. Howard Hendricks' office, next to the door. Yes, Prof is proud to display it for any visitor to see. You can't miss it as you start to leave the room.

I guess my question now, for me and for you, is "Am I making footprints, or buttprints?"

Sunday, April 16, 2006

As I tucked my five-year-old, Nate, into bed last night after his day of coloring eggs with Granny, I reminded him of what the morning would bring. "What's tomorrow?" I asked expectantly.
"Easter!" he exclaimed.
"What does that mean?"
"Jesus was raised from the dead!" he almost yelled (at 10 pm no less).

My mother's heart--and eyes--filled at that point. He really got it. It's not about the candy anymore (though he doesn't mind that). He understands the gospel, the story of Jesus' death and sacrifice to pay for his sins, and the victory and joy of the resurrection. Sure, it's an immature knowledge, but it's sufficient for him. He believes. He loves Jesus, and Jesus' coming back alive makes him happy.

It makes me happy, too.

Before I left the room last night I mentioned the traditional Easter greeting "He is Risen." Nate said he knew what to say in response. I told him that when I came to wake him up Sunday morning that was how I would start his day.

So this morning I shook him awake, all snug in his blankets, and softly said, "He is risen!"

Muffled into his pillow, not a hair moving, he mumbled, "He is risen indeed!"

Saturday, April 15, 2006

OK, this is a first for me. With three kids, two of them under 25 months, I don't have time to actually work on my writing projects (well, just one project right now), much less blog my day away. Who knows, maybe I'll never post again...but my friends have so much fun with it I thought I'd give it a shot.