I have had a lot of great teachers in my life. There was Mr. Davis, who taught me how to read and play jazz; Mrs. Harris, who told me for the first time that I could write academically; Mr. Mihevc, who impressed upon me a love of art (and whose high standards I strove to meet). In college, Molly Dauster (who was a PhD but she was simply Molly) pointed out the ridiculousness of history; Dr. Chappell insisted that everything affects everything else. I’ve had piano teachers, improv leaders and social activists I all consider teachers. Who are the ones that made an impact on you?
I ask this because teaching is a vitally important profession. (I come from a family of teachers, and I have a special spot in my heart for middle school teachers, because y’all are crazy. I was going to be one before I heard a calling to ministry.) What and how and whom does the church teach?
There’s Sunday School, children’s church and youth groups. There are adult education opportunities (like the one a few weeks ago that was fantastic by all accounts), and short-term studies. Sermons teach. And how we treat one another, what we say and do when we are together, and how we are also teaches. I think we are living into the message we teach—that God is love, that all means all, and that there’s work to be done in this world through Christ’s transforming power. This Sunday, if you haven’t guessed, we’ll be moving into the third chapter of James, and talking about the spiritual gift of teaching. I look forward to seeing you then.