This morning my good friend, Conor, and I will finish off our second team-taught high-school Sunday school. We followed up the fall semester’s highly successful (but R-rated!) series, "The Sins of the Old Testament Saints," with this spring’s critically acclaimed, "How to Read the Bible." It’s been a wonderful semester with the leaders and the students. We have smart, inquisitive young people who are never satisfied with a simplistic answer.
I’ve made a concerted effort this year to put into practice some reading I’ve done recently on philosophies of education. I’m not sure that any single model of teaching (or really, of learning–thanks, Dr. Postman) is the absolute best; the teacher must be flexible in adapting to the needs of the students. This requires a tremendous amount of work–and really, a whole lotta love. (My brother and I were gettin’ the Led out yesterday….)
Conor and I have tried our best this semester to be to the students examples of learners, rather than teachers. A teacher is really a student who is a little further along in his or her learning than some other students.
This morning, we will wrap up the series by discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in illuminating the Scriptures. We will be reading from John 14, as well as discussing our own experiences. The students have picked apart poems, law code, narratives, synoptic texts and parables. We desire more than anything else that they read the Scriptures under the exhortation and guidance of the Holy Spirit.