BTW, none of this is set forth as authoritative Biblical exposition on prayer, but as the thoughts of a Christian heart and mind that desire understanding and transformation. Feel free to correct any erroneous remarks. In Sunday School we are being taught how to use Psalms as both the prayerbook and hymnbook that it was intended to be, and this prompted me to meditate on these things as well as review the way in which I have taught the children about how to pray rightly.
To be continued...
We might also do well to understand why, in the classical and medieval models of education, the advanced formal study of both math and science are excluded from the Trivium and relegated to the Quadrivium which follows it. A certain maturity of mind is necessary to throughly grasp and appreciate these studies.
Anyway, our students are the subjects of an "experiment" which we hope will not negatively influence their future success in math. And if I am proven wrong, it won't be the first time...!
In the meantime, on a lighter note, check out this take on "Fuzzy Math." Don't watch the guy's mouth, it'll drive you nuts because it's so out-of-sync, but the very real point is made in hilarious fashion!
I believe we Christians do ourselves and the culture-at-large a disservice by adopting the terminology of the homosexual community. "Being gay" is their own phrase, designed to innoculate us against the morally reprehensible behavior which it represents. Part of the problem with the phrase itself is that it implies a "state of being" over which a person has no control. There is a certain inevitability assumed in the term itself...as though it were equivalent to "having cancer" or "being autistic." This is who I "am" and I must accept who I "am." This leads easily to the conclusion that to ask a person who "is gay" not to live that lifestyle, is unfairly asking them to deny who they "are." There is a fundamental problem with using this language and many Christians, desiring to appear enlightened or to shed the label of right-wing homophobes, have adopted the language. I suggest that this is not without consequence...that it leads to a paradigm shift in our thinking. Afterall, doesn't "being gay" sound much less noxious than "practicing homosexuality?"
A couple weeks ago, a gal from church challenged me to memorize the book of Colossians with her. We are studying this book on Sunday evenings, as well as at Ladies' Bible Study on Thursdays. Tomorrow is the day by which I should have memorized vs. 1-8 of chapter one. In characteristic fashion, I have procrastinated until the very last minute, so I have other things to occupy today's allotment of brain space...it's limited, you know.
In spite of everyone's encouragement to the contrary, we made a practical decision based on the following:
So, thanks for your input, but in the end, the pragmatist trumped the romantic.