Teaching

Teaching

In Robert Bolt’s play, “A Man for All Seasons,” Sir Thomas More urges a restless underling to become a fine teacher. “And if I was, who would know it?” asks the ambitious young man. Sir Thomas More answers: “You, your pupils, your friends, God. Not a bad public, that.”

Teaching

To a child thrust into a strange world, a good teacher is the best thing that can possibly happen. A teacher is Courage with Kleenex in its pocket. Sympathy struggling with a snowsuit, and Patience with papers to grade. Teachers spend twelve hours a day searching for truth and the other twelve hours searching for …

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Desire | Edification | Education | Encouragement | Learning | Sanctification/ Leadership | Teaching

EDUCATIONAL GOALS …to be aware of the uniqueness of each individual and to treat that uniqueness with loving concern. To provide each student with the opportunities appropriate to his or her abilities and interests. To encourage each to develop an ‘I Will, I Can’ attitude. To help kids go a step above and beyond what …

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Basics | Character | Guidance | Leadership | Sanctification/ Opportunity | Systems | Teaching

STAY SIMPLE Ouspensky, author of In Search of the Miraculous met with his students when he knew he was dying. He refused to answer any of their questions about the system he had been teaching. “Be simpler,” he told them. “Start with what you know.” The necessary first step, then, is to acknowledge our present …

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Character | Example | Faith | Godliness | Guidance | Leadership | Purity | Servanthood | Teaching

TEACHING SPILLS OVER After discussing with me how God had arranged a conversation with a brother about a potential job opportunity, Bob Cameron turned to Shane Miller and remarked, “Shane, can you believe how wonderful our God is and how He worked out all the details?” For Bob Cameron, teaching was just his walk with …

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Communion | Consecration | Discipleship | Fellowship With God | Independence | Preaching | Sanctification/ Bible Study | Study | Teaching | Understanding

BIBLE STUDY People spend too much time studying the Bible for their people. The mind of a preacher… has been trained for all these years to give monologues, and the thought of people interacting as peers with him on the text or message is almost terrifying. Frankly, one of my greatest personal regrets in twenty-five …

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Appealing Talk | Discernment | Doctrine | Error | Lies | Missions | Sin | Teaching | Understanding | Wisdom

LIAR ALARM You see, God puts an alarm system in you if you are a Christian. A missionary to the Native Americans took a converted Indian chief to Los Angeles. They were walking down the street and a false teacher was standing on the corner with a Bible, preaching false doctrine. The missionary was afraid …

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Accuracy | Criticism | Emotions | Facts | Failure | Knowledge | Teaching | Truth | Wisdom

ON A SHAKY LIMB I shall never forget a classroom setting that occurred about twenty-five years ago. As usual, I was in the front row. One of the toughest professors in graduate school tossed out a question. Eager and over zealous, I jumped in prematurely. He let me continue until it was obvious that my …

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Children | Communication | Criticism | Handicapped | Impaired | Love | Teaching | Understanding

LOVE IT IN A retarded youngster seated himself on the floor in a drugstore and began to play with some bottles he had taken from the shelves. The druggist ordered him to stop, then scolded him with an even sharper tone. Just then the boy’s sister came up, put her arms around him and whispered …

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Clarity | Communication | Failure | Humor | Message | Misunderstanding | Preaching | Teaching | Understanding

COMMUNICATIONS During a commercial airline fight, a woman complained of discomfort due to the changing air pressure, so the flight attendant gave her some gum, indicating that it would relieve the pressure on her ears during the descent. But after landing, she complained it took an hour to get the gum out of her ears. …

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Abuse | Bible | Bible Study | Burden | Children | Discipleship | Failure | Family | Health | Neglect | Parents | Teaching | Violence

A NEED FOR NOURISHMENT In early November, 1991, Jay and Linda Hill of White Settlement, Texas, were charged with aggravated kidnapping and injury to a child. A few weeks earlier, on November 3rd, Linda had called the hospital to report that her son had suffered a heart attack. When police arrived at the mobile home, …

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Children | Encouragement | Goals | Grace | Guidance | Leadership | Teaching

A BIBLE CHALLENGE My brother Steve Hodgin teaches children’s church at a church in Springdale Arkansas. A boy in his class named Timothy was an unruly bully. Steve would give a weekly award for “Quiet Seat” and “Bible Drill.” Needless to say, Timothy had never won either. Steve implemented a new prize: An “Unmerited Favor” …

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Behavior | Blessing | Morality | Sanctification/ Leadership | School | Teaching | Understanding | Value | Values

PRIORITIES IN EDUCATION We can begin to teach not only proper behavior, but why the proper behavior is important. In fact, in the college setting where I’m now working, I often tell the students: those who know how to do things will always have a job. But those who know why they are doing thing …

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