Daily Archives: February 21, 2012
Taking a PE Class
There are times when my pedagogic versatility is limited. As when I am asked to take a PE class. My age, hand-eye coordination and my lack of passion all conspire against me. To run, jump throw and kick without any evident purpose inspire no joy – no thrill in my soul. The scores, cheers, shots for goal, dashes to the finish and shouts of elation, leave me, deflated. But when a perfect word, articulate phrase or beautiful sentence springs to life in a student’s hand, my heart rises and soul sings. This IS life! This IS being truly human! Animals can run faster, fish swim further and birds fly higher, But only we, bring ideas, and thoughts, abstractions, wisdom and dreams to vibrant life … with Words.
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Bible and Other Readings for a Walk
My wife has set me a challenge. She wants me to come up with a series of Bible and other related readings for the Camino we will be travelling on in April. (I explain this in a previous post: Walking)
I’d love to hear from people who have good suggestions to add to our list. What Bible and devotional readings can you think of to encourage a physical and spiritual walk, as well as an appreciation of God’s creation?
So far I have:Day One Readings: Bible Readings: Old Testament: Psalm 84 New Testament: Matthew 4:18-25 Questions:
- What is the overall emotion of Psalm 84? Why? How would that translate for the NT Christian?
- What are the implications for us from the Matt passage?
- Are there things you wish to discover on the Santiago pilgrimage?
- In Ruth and Paul’s experiences there are parallels and differences. Are they important for us to understand?
- Is there anything for the C21st Christian to discover from Ruth’s life?
- How is god revealed in these two passages?
- How does Cornelius reveal himself to be an exceptional man?
- Are there ways in which Psalm 121 can be an encouragement on your pilgrimage?
- How can this pilgrimage be seen as a metaphor for our lives?
- What lessons are there in Abram’s and Jesus’ Families journeys, for us?
- How are faith and hope revealed?
- Pilgrimages are often/usually calls to go against the flow. How do these two passages illustrate that?
- How are we called to go against the flow?
- Spend time reflecting on these passages and considering both the joys and struggles of our daily pilgrimage.
- What is the yearning that drives the exiles? How can that inspire us?
- How can we encourage our children to see life as a pilgrimage rather than an end in itself?
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