I am not certain why it is that some things stand out to me when I read and others do not. What strikes me as important seems, at times, trivial to others. Nevertheless, these impressions settle in my mind and it is hard to shake them. Here are a few examples of from what I have been reading this week.
- In the Friday Charlotte Observer newspaper (1/25/08)there is a story about two schools in Georgia that are going to pay students who are struggling with Math and Science to attend study hall. $8 an hour to go to study hall to focus on Math and Science.! This includes students who may be doing very well in other classes. Plus, they receive a bonus if they raise their grades to a “B”. My question is, if they are not getting it in class, what does paying them to attend study hall accomplish? All it does is set a precedent for the student that says, if you have trouble learning we will pay you to focus. Then, soon many will simply fall off in other classes waiting to be “paid” to learn other subjects as well. It is the old stick and carrot routine.
- In the February issue of Christianity Today, there is an extended article about Southern Baptists and their interaction with Reformed Theology. Apparently, “reformers” have been infiltrating the ranks of the SBC and they see it as a threat. Now they are trying to determine how to combat it. I suspect you would combat it just as you would any other so called “heresy”, with an accurate interpretation of Scripture.
- In the Gospel of Matthew 26:36-46 where Jesus prays at the garden of Gethsemane, the disciples sleep while Jesus prays. If that is true, how does anyone know what he was praying? It is not as though the gospel writers indicate, “This is what Jesus told us he was praying about.”
- Also in the same gospel, 26:13, after the woman anoints Jesus with oil, Christ says, “Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” When was the last time you heard anyone speak of this incident outside a Bible study or preaching point on this gospel or the theme of the crucifixion?
I wonder about all of these things. I also wonder about their implication for our culture, both outside and inside the church. For each will have an impact one way or the other. Go ahead, think on these things. The ramifications are interesting.