Research and facts and evidence are helpful. They help us reconstruct the world of the Bible, they help us explain the significance of the stories. But they are not the kind of “truth” Jesus calls himself. They are lowercase truth—concepts, logical syllogisms. Jesus himself is Truth. He is Reality with an uppercase “R.”
He is Reality which both talks—and is silent.
He is Reality which both teaches—and weeps.
He is Reality which understands both ideas—and human hearts.
He is the kind of Reality which has time for children—and mess.
That’s the kind of Reality women know. And the kind of Reality the world needs to see.
Women to read:
Ursula Le Guin, https://serendipstudio.org/oneworld/
Esther Lightcap Meek, http://www.longingtoknow.com/
Men who get it:
Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Frederick Buechner, Mitch Finley
Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and author of The Vulnerable Pastor.