Thirty plus years of reading, reflecting, and definitely struggling. Excited to go through this some groups of men this fall.
The professor is in class to incite, cajole, inspire, and assign matters so that a young man or woman reads for the first time a book they may never have heard of. This is what he owes them. They want to know, moreover, not just what Plato had to say but what their teacher has to say. Yves Simon, in a famous passage, that I never fail to stress, tells us that there are three kinds of students: those only interested in grades, those who already know everything, and the eminently teachable, those who will allow him, in a short time in their youth, to take them through things which it took him into old age to figure out. The professor hopes that they all finally become “eminently teachable” and that he is worthy of teaching them.
From James Schall,”A Final Gladness,” The Last Lecture at Georgetown
Watching the video I posted yesterday reminds me of a simple, yet widely neglected truth: Christians must wrestle with the beliefs of their faith. We are now embarrassed to say doctrine and theology. Sounds too impractical. If people come to that tragic conclusion, it is either the teacher’s fault or it could be the student’s fault. But it is never the subject of vibrant and life-giving theology. And notice how I felt compelled to modify theology. Maybe I am too defensive!
What happens when we mainly attract people to church with the social benefits, yet they don’t really understand much of what the Christian faith is about? Well, if they get troubled and want to ask probing questions, they might be told good Christians don’t struggle with such things. I’ve heard my share of such horror stories.
Christianity is true, but rightly understood it is beautiful, compelling, worth everything we are and have.
TED is short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED provides short and creative talks by various leaders in their respective fields.
Rita Pierson, pictured above, taught public school for forty years. She recently died, but left a terrific seven minute speech at TED:
Grant Horner teaches Renaissance literature at the Master’s College. He is a stellar teacher and terrific guy.
He came to Christ from a dark past. He was also not a good student…until becoming a Christian. This is a page out of his Bible. He believes, as I do (and my wife definitely does!) that it is good to get tactile with your reading including your Bible.
Here is Grant’s Bible reading program followed by him working his magic with a group of high school students:
About five years ago, I spoke at Vanderbilt University. I was invited by Professor Carol Swain. Carol’s story is truly amazing. She dropped out of high school, got her GED along with a slew of other degrees, and ended up teaching at places like Princeton and now Vanderbilt.
Here is a six minute video on her incredible story: