Making joyful noises
Christians — unlike 100-calorie packs of Oreos — must be authentic.
That was Lisa Smartt’s message to nearly 1,200 women at the eighth annual Women Walking with God conference. The author and humorist, who struggles with her weight, expressed her genuine disappointment in the diet-friendly snack bags, which don’t contain actual Oreo cookies but tiny, black, hexagonal crackers with little taste, she said.
Hosted by the Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, organizers had to move this year’s venue from the church building to a community center to accommodate demand. The 300 additional seats sold out within hours of their online posting.
Rachel Riley speaks at Women Waling with God. PHOTO BY MARK YEAKLEY“Joyful on the Journey” was the theme, taken from Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Beth Robinson, assistant provost for Lubbock Christian University in Texas, talked about her experiences working with foster children and told participants that their circumstances shouldn’t dictate whether or not they feel joyful.
She warned against using personal experiences to interpret Scripture. Instead, followers of Christ should use Scripture to interpret their experiences.
Other speakers included Lisa Robertson, wife of “Duck Dynasty’s” Alan Robertson, Rachel Riley of Abilene Christian University in Texas and Brianne Banning, mother of a cancer survivor and author of “The Beautiful Bald Princess.”