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Thursday Book Club: Values for Education

Daniel J. Estes, Hear, My Son: Teaching & Learning in Proverbs 1-9, (Inter-Varsity Press, 1997), 174 pages.

Estes’ second chapter unpacks values for education.  He gives four values:

1.  Wisdom is skillful living within God’s ordered world.  Ultimately this is found not merely in doing what appears to be wise but in fearing God and shunning evil (Proverbs 9:10).  When we teach, we must teach for response, because the Scriptures value more than mere knowledge.  Knowing is not enough.  It must be put into practice.

2. Teachability is the humble willingness to accept instruction both from God and human teachers.  As Estes states, “Rejection of instruction is a degenerative condition that leads to scoffing and folly” (46).  Proverbs presents three kind of unteachable people.  The simple love their simple ways, because they don’t possess the knowledge necessary to make wise decisions.  Mockers despise wisdom because they take pleasure in tearing down what they don’t accept.  Fools have settled into a fixed pattern of antagonism against the Lord’s way of wisdom.

3. Righteousness. The righteous man conforms to God’s wise standards.  “Wisdom declares in Proverbs 8:13 that to fear Yahweh is to hate evil in all of its forms.  Because Yahweh is righteous, reverence for him necessarily entails both embracing what is righteous and rejecting what is unrighteous” (50-51).

4.  Life is substantial, meaningful existence within God’s world.  On the one hand, this can be seen as a value for education in Proverbs.  On the other hand, it can be seen as the reward which comes to those who esteem the first three values.   Life in the Lord must be valued above all other counterfeits.

This is why, as Christians, we must value Jesus in our education.  He is our wisdom, righteousness, and life.  And only he can make us humble and teachable.

Christian Freedom & Parenting, Part 2: Freedom and Feeding by Dr. Heather Lewis

Our culture seems to be strangely schizophrenic regarding nursing. Everyone says you should do it, but no one will tell you what to do, and no one wants to be anywhere near you when you do it.

Although I am an OB/GYN, most of the things I knew about breastfeeding before I had my own children came not from my medical training but from my mother.  The way my mother described nursing sounded easy enough– the baby is born, crawls from the womb up to your breast, latches on, and stays there for 1-2 years depending on how long you want to nurse them.  You can imagine my surprise when my healthy first child didn’t want to latch on… or when I got mastitis, or cracked nipples, or had to nurse in public the first time.  Our culture seems to be strangely schizophrenic regarding nursing. Everyone says you should do it, but no one will tell you what to do, and no one wants to be anywhere near you when you do it.   I hope that at Sojourn we can have a balanced view of feeding our babies, and, in this article, I hope to give some insight into both common issues as well as how we can support the moms in our community. Continue Reading…

Photo Blog: East Campus Egg Hunt

Normalizing the Abnormal: If you regularly interact with an Autistic child or adult, watch this:

HT: Justin Taylor (via Bryce Butler)

Christian Freedom & Parenting, Part 1: Parenting Freedom Begins with Birthing by Dr. Heather Lewis

Women often feel that it is more “natural” to have a vaginal delivery, and if they can’t there must be something wrong with them.

The birth of a child is one of the most wonderful and memorable days in the life of any parent.  Most women have strong preferences as to what they want for that day.  This article will give you some information about the different options women have and what the Bible does and doesn’t have to say about them.  Here is a brief summary of how the rest of this article works out:

(1) Prenatal care is one of the most important ways to ensure a healthy labor and delivery

(2) Home births are a matter of freedom except when in violation of the law.

(3) A person’s method for dealing with pain is a matter of Christian freedom.

Heather Lewis is a Sojourn member and an OB/GYN practicing in New Albany, IN.  She is married to Chip Lewis and the mother of two daughters.  Their third is due in June.

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