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Joe Neff, editor of The Principal Connection introduced me to this series recently. It "is particularly designed for Christian students and others associated with college and university campuses.... The contributors...explore how the Bible has been interpreted in the history of the church, as well as how theology has been formulated. They will ask: How does the Christian faith influence our understanding of culture, literature, philosophy, government, beauty, art, or work? How does the Christian intellectual tradition help us understand truth? How does the Christian intellectual tradition shape our approach to education?"

If you're looking for something to stimulate your thinking about a particular area, these books would be a great place to start. There are Kindle, paperback and print-to-order paperback versions to fit various price ranges.

    Ethics and Moral Reasoning: A Student's Guide

    Philosophy: A Student's Guide

    Political Thought: A Student's Guide

    Art and Music: A Student's Guide

    History: A Student's Guide

    The Natural Sciences: A Student's Guide

    Psychology: A Student's Guide

    Literature: A Student's Guide

    The Liberal Arts: A Student's Guide

    Christian Worldview: A Student's Guide

    The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student's Guide

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
Oscar Wilde

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As servants of the Lord, we are called to work for His kingdom. At our core, we seek to follow scripture’s command to love God above all, and our neighbors as ourselves. Within this body of believers, we have each been given different gifts. As a result, we live out these commands in a host of ways such as: sharing Christ’s word, working to ease suffering caused by sin, and exercising a dominion that develops and conserves the Lord’s creation. Within this diversity of callings, there is unity as each one of us seeks to shine Christ’s light in this world.

Christian education has long held an important role in equipping citizens of Christ’s kingdom for this work. Opportunities for such learning occur across many educational levels (preschool to doctoral) and subjects (theology, humanities, sciences, and professional callings). However, the continuum of Christian education is not without gaps, noticeably in associate’s-level/two-year technical degrees.

Michael Essenburg has encouraged me and helped me think about what a Biblical perspective looks like in a classroom. His website, Close the Gap Now, has resources to challenge thinking and practise and helpful examples to keep everything practical. His presentation, What framework can you use, can help you get started, but he has also provided 4 teacher training kits that can be downloaded:

  1. Help Your Students Connect
  2. Use Assessment
  3. Use Questions
  4. Meet Student Learning Needs

"I've always tried to be aware of what I say in my films because all of us who make motion pictures are teachers…teachers with very loud voices."

George Lucas