When I think back to college, high school, and elementary school the teachers I remember most dearly challenged me. Mr Sherburn’s twelfth grade English class kept me in fear of failing everyday although I worked harder in that class than most studying classic films and well known poems. I still remember graphically calculating the value of π in Mrs Parker’s eight grade math class by cutting a circle into wedges and fitting those wedges into a parallelogram whose area I could readily calculate by multiplying its length by its width.
While I can credit understanding these basic facts to particular teachers, understanding the love of God, the good news of Jesus Christ, and the joy of participating in the life of the Church must be credited to several people. These are lessons that I continue to learn and continue to deepen my trust and faith. For example each time I open my Bible, I learn something new about God or about myself.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NRSV)
I will have more to say about this passage on Sunday, October 25th, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Yours in Christ,
Robert Shaw, Pastor