The topic of whether or not Christians and Muslims worship the same God has absolutely ignited the media in recent months. For whatever reason, this question – do Muslims and Christians worship the same God – has been all over my Facebook feed, and just in the past few weeks has been posted by Ravi Zecharias, Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, and Answering Islam, among others…and not always with the same answer.
Happy New Year! Among other things, 2016 marks my 20th year as a Christian and my 11th year studying Islam. That experience has made me the frequent target of many questions, and uncomfortably frequent hostility (and not from Muslims). As Muslim presence in America grows, and as events like those in Paris and San Bernadino dominate the headlines, it is more important than ever for Christians to understand Islam and work to reach this critical mission field.
“…It is undoubtedly the Duty of all Persons to serve the Country they live in, according to their Abilities; yet I sincerely acknowledge, that I have hitherto been very deficient in this Particular; whether it was for want of Will or Opportunity, I will not at present stand to determine: Let it suffice, that I now take up a Resolution, to do for the future all that lies in my Way for the Service of my Countrymen…” – Silence Dogood, April 30, 1722 (letter #3)
What is the “It” factor when it comes to teaching and learning? Does it come from the student, the teacher, the school model or the parent? One could probably make an argument for each of these contributing factors which help to shape our youth. I would like to dig a little deeper at the “It” factor through the lens of engaging teaching opportunities facing youth today.
Classical education is education; everything else is a later modification. Almost all American educational methods trace their origins to this splendid combination of Athens and Jerusalem. The result of Greek philosophy and Jewish revelation is the incarnation of education in Christendom: fully human and fully divine.
We currently live in a time when a dinner conversation can quickly turn to education. Many folks have an opinion to share and thoughts to expand. Media and politics have quickly turned education into a topic much like weather, politics and the market report.
Let’s get the worst part out of the way: Homeschoolers can be weird and socially awkward. Even recognizing those risks, my wife and I have decided to homeschool our oldest daughter when she starts kindergarten next year.
I was homeschooled in my earliest years of elementary and then attended public school for fourth and fifth grade. Since entering a Christian school in sixth grade, my entire life has been intertwined with Christian school education. During junior high, I became convinced that God wanted me to serve Him in Christian school education, and so upon graduation, I entered the teacher education program at Summit University of Pennsylvania. I have taught, coached, and administrated in secondary education, as well as, higher education for over thirty years at Christian schools.
There are 168 hours in a week. 56 of those are spent sleeping, leaving you 112 wakeful hours a week. Of those 112 hours the average student spends 38 hours in school. Then add the extracurricular activities. This means that the typical student spends somewhere between 30–40% of their time at school or in school related functions.
Next Thursday, Intersections will start a new series from guest authors on various educational models. The 21st century has brought many new ways to think about education and we wanted to provide a forum where people are encouraged to think about different options. No system is perfect, so we have asked each author to simply build a positive case for their model of education.