On Holy Ground

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“Ever since I was old enough to fold my hands and close my eyes, I’ve said prayers to God, answered ‘Jesus’ to all the children’s sermons questions, celebrated Easter and Jesus’s resurrection, believed that God would take care of me. But now, I wonder . . .” One or more of your students at some […]

Teaching “Dirty Books”

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About a year ago, Cedarville University, a Baptist school in Ohio, enacted a new curriculum standard based on Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” As reported then in Christianity […]

The Top Ten Young Adult Books You Need to Read

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This year I read a lot of young adult fiction, and I was struck by how much these books engaged social justice issues in a complex and nuanced way. Fair warning, though: when teenage protagonists struggle with issues of equity and difficult moral decisions, they sometimes use vulgar language. While such language is quite common […]

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation by Graeme Goldsworthy

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The goal of Graeme Goldsworthy’s Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics is to teach readers to interpret the Bible so that they can understand what God is saying through it. One of our goals as Christian educators is to ensure that children of all ages understand what they are reading. Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics helps educators do this by breaking down […]

Woodpeckers and the Wonderful World of Books

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I woke up this morning to the sight of two spectacular downy woodpeckers fully engaged in their calling. These two were industriously pecking into the soft wood of the Australian willow that was trimmed down to clear the way for the recent addition of several solar-voltaic panels. I argued to save the tree, but alas, […]

Teachers and Good Books

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Question 1 What are some ways by which nonreading staff members can be encouraged to read more information or books that pertain to their work? I was reading an article, “What Makes a Great Teacher?” which summarized sixteen characteristics arrived at by participants of the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Summit on High-Performing Educators. I believe […]