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Quirky Observations from a Creaky Brain:

Written By: Aimee Byrd - Jun• 25•12

This weekend my mom and I took a magic carpet ride to Orlando for The Gospel Coalition’s first women’s conference. On my flight home, my brain was creaking pretty good, so I thought I would type out some less-meaningful observations that I had. The deeper stuff will be coming shortly. For now, here’s some quirky side notes that a creaking, tired brain captures:

1. Being the first time I had attended a conference of this size, I was totally inexperienced on the issue of which face to look at. Do I look at the massive face on the giant screen to the left, the tiny, but blindingly spotlighted face in the middle, or the other massive screen-version on the right? I just kept rotating.

2.Having listened to many of Tim Keller’s messages on my iPod, and having the opportunity to hear him twice at the conference, I have confirmed the fact that he seasons all his messages with a C.S. Lewis quote. He just can’t help himself. It’s not a bad secret ingredient, really.

3. John Piper loves metaphors, but sometimes they get away from him. In the heat of passion during his message on joy, he blurted out off the cuff, “You now have taste buds on the tongue of your soul…” That drew me in–until… ”and they were made to taste the lollipop of the gospel.” He apologized for that one.

4. Paige Benton Brown is like the gospel on drugs. Now I have a better picture of what those at Pentecost must have been like when accused of being drunk. I’ll have what Page is having, please.

5. Donald Carson is the only speaker who could get away with calling something “unmitigated rubbish.” I wish I could replay him saying that over and over. Maybe we could come out with a doll.

6. Nancy Leigh Demoss was the only speaker who did not use the podium provided. She switched it out for a music stand. With the pretty, Mary Poppins-like skirt she was wearing, and her own beautiful speaking voice, I was ready any minute for her to start conducting us to break forth in song.

7. Thanks to Elyse Fitzpatrick, I will now refer to justification as the “J” bomb.

8. It would be pretty awesome to wake up to the music of the Gettys every morning, including every member who played in their band this weekend. But of course, then I would most certainly have to take up river dancing.

Hopefully these quirky observations are in no way insulting, but do make an important point about so-called celebrity pastors and teachers. They are humans with their own unique peculiarities just like you and me. Their stellar ability to deliver us the gospel message may make their faces seem huge in our eyes. They may be blasted with a spotlight so blinding that they complain they cannot even see the faces in front of their own. But they are just fellow servants of our God standing behind a podium (or music stand), pointing us to Christ. And I’m thankful for the ride through Scripture they took us ladies on this weekend. They sure handed us our theme, Here Is Our God.

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  1. Kim Shay says:

    I’m not one for crowds, Florida in June, or traveling without my best friend, i.e., my husband, so I didn’t go to Orlando. The thing I regretted about not being there was hearing Elyse Fitzpatrick and D.A. Carson. Carson is brilliance, class, and grace, and he’s from my homeland, to boot! I found the tweets coming through distracting; little tdibits here and there, but no context. I’ll be glad when the messages are up and I can hear them.

    I like quirky. Quirky is good.

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  3. Tim says:

    I loved each and every one of these observations, Aimee, and I’m lookking forward to more as you report on the trip and conference. I take it your mom has lots of good observations too. Any chance we’ll get a report from her too?


    P.S. My wife just ordered that Carl Truman book for me, the one you reviewed a short time ago, Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread. She remembered I had mentioned wanting to read it and got it for me for Father’s Day. It came this weekend and I’m starting it tonight, woo-hoo!

  4. Dana Tuttle says:

    I’m so glad you reported some of the fun stuff that might have gotten lost in your meaty translations later! Looking forward to the meat too! and hearing more quirky stuff soon!

  5. Ann says:

    Hi Aimee!

    I sort of looked for you side ways all week-end hoping to see you, but 3800 women is a lot of women. I was their also, and I so agree with your description, and especially Paige Benton Brown…ha ha ha. Won’t ever forget her, will we. :)

    This was the most Christ centered week-end women’sconference I’ve been to and believe me I have been to many!!! I, like you appreciate the fact that they kept pointing us all week-end long to CHRIST.

    Thanks for your quirky observations as you say that are in no way insulting. Take it from someone who was there also, they are very true and funny.


  6. Doc B says:

    To what did Dr. Carson speak of as ‘unmitigated rubbish’? (I find his talks fascinating.)

    • Aimee Byrd says:

      I believe it was about talk of heaven being full of baby angels floating on clouds and the like. He was preaching on Revelation 21 & 22.

  7. Alan says:

    C.H Lewis was a mystic, which came to be expressed in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Anals of Narnia, and John Piper is away with the clouds. I do not understand this brief post.

    In regards to Revelation 21,22. These chapters have generally, wrongly, been taken as speaking of heaven to come, when they clearly speak of the heaven hidden behind the veil that the children of God live in and that they are ever moving closer to so that one day they come so close, like Enoch, and simply pass into the fulness of that which they have always dimly seen within their hearts.

    Many think they are clever, and will have others to think they are the brightest lights in the firmament of heaven (Rev.6.13)by taking hold of the book of the revelation of Jesus Christ and giving what is generally a skewed, naturalistic interpretation of it.

    As for pointing to CHRIST. This is clearly heretical. Any conference that points to Christ is error, and should not be touched with a barge pole. In this Sandemanian, neo-Evangelical age it is Jesus this, Jesus that, Jesus here, Jesus there, God nowhere. Jesus Christ did not come to take away the law of God and to take away God, to place Himself in place of God. Neo-Evangelicals will say that as Christ is God we therefore worship God. In contrast the Bible, indibted by the Holy Ghost teaches the first table of the law, that God alone is to be worshipped, and is solely worshipped by the saints of God (Rev.7.11). We have a godless age because neo-Evangelicals have taken away God and planted another, which they call Jesus Christ (Matt.24.24), whilst doing this they make Jesus Christ out to supplant God, by taking away the first table of the law of God, which He never did, so as to have Himself directly worshipped.

    It is not without purpose that we Christians are informed to judge by law and testimony (Isa.8.20), to examine all things by the law and testimony of scripture, so as to avoid the C.S.Lewis’ and John Pipers of the world, and to know when another Jesus is being presented to us.

What do you think?