Nerdy rings, Santa hats, and the question of a hormonal God

This week has been long.

And not for any particular reason just…one of those weeks.

I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head, but they can’t seem to coalesce into a point.

It’s days like this that I wish I was Hermione Granger. A pensive would be nice right about now. As would a time-turner. And a magic wand that would do the dishes. Man…attending Hogwarts would be swell.

Plus, I would get this awesome Hogwarts class ring.

Or maybe I could just get it anyway, and pretend.

Then I could get David his Triforce ring,

And we could officially be the nerdiest couple ever.

So I hope your week has been good. We have another shower this weekend.

I don’t know why it makes me so happy to see our shower in my church’s program, but it totally does.

And I’m ridiculously excited, because my hostesses are some of the most lovely and hospitable women I know.

For now I will leave you with two things to brighten your Friday:

The first is this picture that my cousin sent me on Tuesday. This precious boy is going to be my ring bearer and he couldn’t be more adorable.

They went to get him fitted for his little tux, and this was her caption: “Jude is so incredibly excited! He wore his Santa hat ‘to get ready for Becca’s wedding!'” He so belongs in our family.

The second is a post by Richard Beck that nearly had me in tears. It was like he looked at me straight through my computer screen and said, “You aren’t broken. You, too, reflect the image of God. You are needed.”

The church has always struggled with the bodies of women. The fact that hormonal is a pejorative term reflects this. To call a woman hormonal is to say that her body has taken over her mind–her reason, her judgment, her good sense.


…Women love and think with their bodies. And that may make their love wild, unpredictable and unreasonable. But that’s a truth about love. Perhaps the deepest truth the church needs to learn.


One of the reasons I don’t think the church loves in the crazy, wild, and irrational way Jesus did is because the church has silenced women, particularly the love incarnated in the bodies of woman. You can’t learn to love fully if you aren’t paying attention to the way women love.


I tried to explain the post to David, and he didn’t really agree with the point Dr. Beck was making, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Do we need a more emotional, irrational love in the church? Do we need less?

What are your thoughts about “a hormonal church that will step into the risky and passionate love of our hormonal God”?