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Preaching the Public School Gospel

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How to Teach Your “Prodigal” StudentsCreative Commons
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How to Teach Your “Prodigal” Students

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Guest Post @ Jon Acuff!I’m blogging for Jon Acuff today. If you haven’t heard, Jon’s launching a new book, Start, which…View Post

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The Private School Gospel?Photo Credit: Tobias Helfrich, Creative Commons
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The Private School Gospel?

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Meetings: 5 Survival Tips

There is no greater evil in the world than meetings. These 1-hour gifts from Satan seem to last forever, sucking our souls dry of all that sustains and blesses.

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There’s always the monologue, brought to you courtesy of the person desperate for an audience (Hey, start a blog, I say….). And then there’s the mandate, some new devilry handed down by the Powers That Be, adding to your already stressed load. And when enough just can’t be enough, there’s sure to be the haters, the band of clucking hens and roosters that perpetuate the great hypocrisy of all teachers – they hate students who talk out of turn, but have no problem doing it themselves (gotta admit, I’m really guilty here).

Thankfully, both Common Sense and the Common Word have some strategies we can employ to make it through. Here are 5 of them.

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Perfect Teaching in the Imperfect Classroom

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Have you ever lost someone?

Two days ago, Ronnie withdrew from school. A charismatic young man who calls me “dawg”, Ronnie had the marks of a man hiding in the skin of a nervous, approval-seeking little boy. So I invested in him, patiently pursuing him with questions and challenges that might bring that man out for awhile.

But Ronnie got caught with weed on campus. Arrested. Jailed. He came back, but only for a few days.

Now he’s gone.

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The Myth of the Silent Night

Silent Night, Holy Night

It’s my favorite Christmas hymn. I usually sing it with a candle in my hand and tears on my cheeks.

But is it true? This beloved Christmas carol paints a picturesque fresco of the birth of the savior. It captures a moment when Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and baby Jesus himself seemed to pause and bask in the beauty of what had happened.

I imagine a tender mother, a doting father. I see a giggling baby and sleepy cattle.

What do you see?

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049. The 100 Words I’ve Refused to Write

Two years ago, in mid-December 2010, my wife and I adopted a World Vision child.

His name is Sifiso. He lives in Swaziland, a forgotten land-locked nation in southern Africa. The country is ravaged by AIDS and poverty. He likes to play soccer and do well in school.

In the 24 months since adopting Sifiso, I have made sure that 24 monthly payments have made it to World Vision. We have opened at least 5 letters from him including pictures, adorable drawings, prayers, and hand-written notes. I’ve even set an alert on my phone for 5am - “Pray for Sifiso”.

Yet, in 24 months, I have written him nothing.

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