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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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  • 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 and on Googlebooks. You may also find my website “for those who teach” of interest – see

  • 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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