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    Quotables: The Bible and the Task of Teaching

    March 27, 2013 by Brandy Vencel
    The Bible and the Task of Teaching
    by David I. Smith
    and John Shortt

    Offering sacrifices seems a relatively straightforward cultural practice, yet we see it turned inside out in the light of Christian faith. We might then reasonably expect Christians to look to far-reaching changes in a cultural practice as complex and as closely bound up with our basic values and aspirations as education. {pp. 14-15}

    Believers have repeatedly advanced the claim that Christian education should not simply be regular education done better, but rather education reworked on a Christian basis. {p. 15}

    [B]iblical authority should not be used to manipulate and control but should rather bring new life, liberating us from the fetters of our foolishness and idolatries. {p. 19}

    [H]ow can the Bible be brought to bear upon education in ways which are life-giving? {p. 19}

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    3 Comments

  • Reply Mystie March 28, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Oh yay, I’ll be happy to talk about this book with you and see what you have to say. 🙂 I thought about half of it was excellent, half of it was dull, and overall the style was at odds with what their message. The style was dry, overblown academic-speak most of the time and not engaging.

    • Reply John Shortt March 27, 2015 at 6:32 am

      David Smith and I were the authors of the book. I’m glad that you found half of it to be excellent and sorry that the academic style was off-putting. You may be interested to know that Wipf & Stock have published a new book by me (with a foreword by David) that covers the same ground albeit with some significant changes and some new material. It is entitled ‘Bible-Shaped Teaching’ and is intended to be less academic and more popular in style. Sample pages and endorsements are accessible at http://wipfandstock.com/bible-shaped-teaching.html and on Googlebooks. You may also find my website “for those who teach” of interest – see http://www.johnshortt.org.

  • Reply ...they call me mommy... March 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Ok…so I haven’t been blog hopping at all and I’ve been digging around in all your back posts! Good stuff! You stretch my brain!!!! 🙂

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