Sunday, February 22, 2009

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Men and Brethren (and Women and Sisteren)--What Shall We Do?

On one of Jailer's recent posts, Ellen B basically asked, "So what should we do about it"? This is my question too, and I could use your wisdom out there. For the past four years I've been teaching a Worldview course at the Christian school where I serve. I have increasingly noticed that my students, present and past, seem to have an admirable grasp of Bible knowledge. However, their ability to translate it all into "living proof" (this is for you, Jailer and Jailbreaker!) leaves much to be desired.

My course focuses on several areas that Christian young people will encounter after they leave our hallowed halls and go to college (or enter the work force). It's all the standard stuff--I want them to focus on how to think as Christians in the areas of natural science, politics, economics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history.

Tall order, I know. All they get is a taste of each of the areas, current thinking out there in society, and biblical models for each. Still, I battle with how to get them past the information and to get them to apply their Christian thinking outside the classroom. Sure, they can write the papers, take the tests, and answer the questions. But do they know how these make a real difference in their lives beyond the issues of the mind?

So waddya think? (By the way, you can also leave your comments and read my other posts at http://jesusandclio.blogspot.com/)

Editor's Note: Chief, perhaps the secret is to just get your students to "Think History"! :)

2 comments:

  1. Chief -- seems to me that this question applies equally to seminarians. Whenever you're reading the Word or other Christian writers for a grade, it's got to be tough to get yourself to apply the material to your life.
    When I was at the General Command & Staff College (Ft Leavenworth), I remember that we were told it was to be a year of self-reflection, personal growth, etc. And then were were told how we were to be graded. And we instantly forgot about that self-reflection nonsense. :)

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  2. Not sure how practical this is, but I was recently thinking about that obscure little passage in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18, the one about Moses and the veil. It seems like Paul is insinuating that though "they" read Moses and are continually exposed to the teaching of Moses, they somehow continue to miss the point that Moses was ultimately promoting, that is, Christ.

    He goes on to say that the reason they miss the point is because a "veil" covers their heart and only in Christ can that veil be taken away.

    Though the essential first step for the veil to be removed is becoming a child of God and having His Spirit dwelling in us, could it be that in many ways the veil "returns" when Christ is not clearly in focus? In other words, we don't see what we don't see even though we're a child of God?

    And is the solution, as you already pointed out in this post and others, to bring Christ back into focus as best we know how so that your students are able to see what they don't see?

    Maybe I'm way off base, but it is an interesting passage to ponder for the dilemma your posing. Ultimately, until the Spirit of God brings a breakthrough in a particular area that we're just not "getting", it seems like the veil is a possibility for any and all of us at one time or another.

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