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Archive for April, 2007

Don’t forget Drew

Just a reminder for you to check in on my 4 lb. nephew here.

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Little Pilgrims

A letter dated June 23, 1833, to the “heathen” from ten-year-old A.A. Hodge and his sister Mary Elizabeth, given to J.R. Eckard, a Princeton Seminary graduate who was to go to Ceylon. Quoted in Princeton Seminary: Faith and learning 1812-1868, v. 1, p. 193.

Dear Heathen:

The Lord Jesus Christ hath promised that the time shall come when all the ends of the earth shall be His kingdom. And God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should repent. And if this was promised by a Being who cannot lie, why do you not help it to come sooner by reading the Bible, and attending to the words of your teachers, and loving God, and, renouncing your idols, take Christianity into your temples? And soon there will not be a Nation, no, not a space of ground as large as a footstep, that will want a missionary. My sister and myself have, by small self-denials, procured two dollars which are enclosed in this letter to buy tracts and Bibles to teach you.

Archibald Alexander Hodge, and Mary Eliz. Hodge,
Friends of the Heathen

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Teacher Fired

Don’t point that marker at me!

Story

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Douglas Wilson on reading more to our kids…

Children need to hear stories.  The reason is that they must learn to interpret stories, and they must do this so that they will come to understand the story of their own lives.  The gospel story is of course the center of this process.  But we learn to understand this story the same way we come to understand the language of Scripture.  We learn language, and because of this, we can hear the language of God in Scripture.  We learn stories, and therefore we learn to hear the gospel as a story.  When children are steeped in stories, they learn that they are characters in a story as well.  This kind of wisdom is the result of hearting countless stories:  Bible stories, fairy stories, family stories, stories about work, short stories, humorous stories, serious stories, and many more.  When children come to see themselves as characters, they then come to that wisdom which asks the really profound questions.  ‘Am I a Peter?  A Eustace?  An Edmund?  Am I Samwise?  Lucy?’  In short, they learn to ask what kind of character they are in the story being written all around them.”

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While playing in the yard…

Me:  “Karsten, should I stop spanking you?”

Karsten:  “Nooo!” (long drawn-out exclamation)

Me:  “Why not?”

Karsten:  “I don’t want you to get in trouble with God.”

[Pause] 

Me:  “That’s a wise answer, Karsten.”

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