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  1. Thanks, Dave! This is a complicated and yet very necessary issue to address. Thanks for raising the important and essential questions with which we and our Christian teachers need to struggle.

    1. I’m glad to start the conversation, but as I say above, I know I’m not “there” yet in my own teaching practice. I’ve been wrestling with how to do this for 18 years now…there is part of me that thinks I should be better at this by now. 🙂 I definitely think that learning to teach Christianly is a journey, not a destination. I think I am learning (more and more) to teach Christianly as part of my growth as a disciple of Jesus: I am continually learning to bend my will more to the will of Christ, and this–I hope!–comes out in my teaching practice as well.

      I am grateful that I have the opportunity to continue to wrestle with these challenging questions along with you all!

  2. Thank goodness for students who ask penetrating questions and get all of us thinking deeply about these issues. We’ll be discussing this for years to come. Thanks for adding some excellent insights to this important topic.

    1. I’m right with you, Mark! I could not have set this discussion up in class any better than the way it unfolded through my students’ questioning and wondering together. I am grateful that I have the chance to work with students who are already thinking so much more deeply about these important questions than I was at their age!

  3. Thanks for “stirring” the pot Dave! I like all the comments submitted by you and others and would add another. We continue to need Christian teachers in our government schools, however they are limited in many of the schools to teach “Christianly.” To teach “Christianly”, one must acknowledge the Bible as the basis for “all things.” Via court rulings, that cannot be done openly in government schools. Yet, Christians in government schools do teach in a Christian way by how they answer student questions and by the adage that “we teach more by what we do than by what we say!”

    1. It is not necessary to use words to proclaim the gospel, nor to cite a text to be a vessel of peace and love. The Word of God cannot be banned from a “government school,” He is present everywhere. What is difficult everywhere is to be suitably open, as patient, as present, and as loving as He is with all his children.

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