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A Whale of a Lesson
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The blue whale and the second graders modeled sympathy and compassion for all of us. This SOLE lesson brought heart to my classroom. “A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswage ...

On Scripture: Studying the Law As We Study The Word (2 Timothy 2:8-15)
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Are we credible teachers of the word? Can we stand and share God’s word accurately? As people of faith, we are not only called to study and apply the word, but we are also called to teach the word correctly. A ...

On Scripture: It's Not About You
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

Whether in musical arts, as in in Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens program, or in biblical hermeneutics, the best learning happens in healthy relationships.  A life transition — li ...

Our Stories To Tell
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

I wasn't interested in their stories about her. I was interested in her story about herself.  "We all have a story to tell." These are the words that will greet ...

Building A World Without Hate
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The question for me as a teacher is not so much "What could have been?" as it is "What can be?" Brenda is a fourth grader at my elementary school. Her father ...

The Teaching of Empathy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

I reflected over my five years teaching at this Title I elementary school. "Who am I, what have I done, to become Teacher of the Year?" I asked myself. The announcement ...

Art in Life
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

In a world where the law of evolution is in effect, where there is survival of the fittest, where only the strong survive, there is an art in life where the smallest and most forgotten paint a picture of strug ...

Nurturing An Inner Voice
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice," the old saying goes. I believe it and practice it in my classroom. During my first year as a second-grade te ...

My Morning Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Faithful God, help us find you in those who seem to be the smallest and most forgotten ones around us, for you said you would be here with us in them. Help us have faith. Dear God ...

Love Bug: Kids Flourish When We Focus on Their Strengths
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Bralyan loves bugs. I met him during the first week of school as I conducted the standard assessment of how many words he could read per minute from a second-grade story. After the assessment, I gave him the c ...

Music and Domestic Tranquility
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

When I became an elementary school teacher, one of my goals was to teach my students to sing the Preamble. "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union ..." ...

Awful Leads to Wonderful
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

How was your last year? Wherever it fell in the 7-year farming cycle, please remember that your work is a seed in fallow ground that is bringing life to all people, regardless of color, nationality, socio-econ ...

Helping Billy Inherit the Earth
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

I want my student to see that the things that make him different are the things that make him unique. Those traits can help him build a more humane world for all of us. But it's hard for a 7-year-old, or ...

Simply Seeing
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Did I see my student's mother as an undocumented immigrant? I simply saw her as a mom who cares deeply for her children, just as I am a dad who cares deeply for mine. I simply saw her as a parent who trus ...

Recognizing Greatness in a First Grader
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Carola and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco have written brilliantly and eloquently about children like her in their book Learning A New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society. They remind us how valuable and vulne ...

Church of the Laptop-Bound: Sunday June 3, 2012
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:59am | Type: Blog

Couldn't quite get yourself together to make it to church this weekend? We've got you covered. Here for you edification and instruction, are three good lessons in video and audio form, from pastors T ...

Sunday Sermon Superfans: An Introduction
Originally Posted: 01/08/2012 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Heard an exceptionally good sermon, homily, teaching, preaching, lesson or message in church this Sunday? Share it with us. Did you hear a particularly good sermon, homily, teac ...

Tom Wicker, 1926-2011
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Wicker was a meticulous reporter and a passionate advocate, so much so that he was sometimes criticized for overstepping the bounds of objectivity. I am one of those who still pre ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

A Gun, a Pause, and Innocence Lost in the West Bank
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

I send many of my students to the Middle East as interns. In fact, Wheaton College has an entire program devoted to student short-term placement. I send many of my students to the ...

My Response to Sojourners' Article About 'The Family'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/10/all-in-the-family-my-response-to-sojourners-article-about-the-family/" target="_self"></a>I very much appreciated all the good ...

I Treat My Slaves Just Great!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I've been a Christian all of my life. My parents taught me that God loves everyone equally and that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I've been a Ch ...

Harold Camping, Rapture, and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The rapture date and prediction has come and gone.</p> The rapture date and prediction has come and gone. By now, all of you have heard about the frenzy around 89-year-o ...

Jesus Knows Sign Language
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Blog

During my last year of college, my pastor lent me the book Living Gently in a Violent World, co-authored by Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas. This book is an exploration on how followers of Christ ought to liv ...

Oh Lord, Won't You Make Me Rich So I Can Pay More Taxes!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The gospel according to the movie <em>True Grit</em> (2010) is as follows: "You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. The gospel according to ...

Why Are Palestinian Christians Leaving Israel?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100414-crossisrael.jpg" target="_self"></a>A friend of mine pointed out on his Facebook page that 45.9 percent of Americans blame ...

A Duty to Love in a Time of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When President Obama addressed the American people and the world on the military operations in Libya, he spoke of a responsibility to act. When President Obama addressed the Ameri ...

Rediscovering Values for Lent: Trusting God That We Have Enough
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/rediscovering-values-for-lent/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editors' note ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

A Christmas DREAM for Students Around the Country
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">As the holidays draw near, bright lights decorate the streets of the District of Columbia, carols are sung, cookies are baked, and stores fill up with anxious shopp ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

It Takes a Movement: The Next Steps
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

Is it REALLY the end of Men?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Many were rightly shocked by the statistical assessment of males in our society by Hanna Rosin's article, " The End of Men ", in the Ju ...

Salvation Through Doctrine or Christ?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I've been getting into trouble lately. I've been getting into trouble lately. It all started when I asked myself the simple question, "What did the apostles preach ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The extremes now seem to dictate the political discourse -- extremists in caves who invoke their distorted brand of Muslim faith as they murder innocent people; and extremists in a Florida church w ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Kindness, gentleness, love, peace, joy. Would you be more likely to describe these character traits as "masculine" or "feminine"? Kindness, gentleness, love, p ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

A Sermon on the "Good" Samaritan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

From what I hear, if you are taking a trip to the Holy Land you can visit the actual road from Jerusalem to modern-day Jericho, and local tour guides are happy, for the right price, to show you the ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

The Hard Work of Racial Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I visited a slave castle along the coast of Ghana, West Africa. This castle was one of the primary centers for shipping slaves from Africa to the New World. Sev ...

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz. ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Memorial Day: Giving Our Full Measure of Devotion to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Utopia. It is the place that is no place. It is the reality that does not yet exist. It is the political economy that has no politics or economics. Yet. A utopian vision is important. ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...