I just read a terrific little book called, “The Great Bible Swindle” by Greg Clarke. It’s a great introduction for people who feel like they should know more about the world’s most influential text but are afraid to ask. It’s for people who may have been put off by the church, found the size of the Bible too ominous or just have never got around to reading it. This book shows how much western culture and Australian society have been influenced by the Bible including our stories, poems, music, plays, art, architecture, movies and television as well as our laws, universities, charities and even science. Contrary to what we might hear espoused in secular voices and from new atheists, Clarke argues that a basic knowledge of the Bible is essential for any educated person. Towards the end of his book, he challenges anyone who reads the Bible that they will not only become more culturally literate but will also potentially have their life transformed.
This is a marvellous book with great potential for staff in Lutheran Schools who find it hard to get into the Bible or are afraid to. It’s a great resource for increasing biblical literacy amongst students and addressing some of the challenges staff may have in reading the Bible. As Dr Timothy Wright, Headmaster of Shore School in Sydney says on the back cover; “our educational system is founded on a desire for biblical literacy.” I wonder how well our Lutheran school system rates in educating students and staff in their Biblical literacy?
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"Meditations & Musings" is my humble attempt to share what I have found useful in ministry in an Australian Lutheran School setting. It contains chapels, devotions and other resources I have written, used and adapted in my K-12 school context. If you would like to also share your ideas, resources or start a conversation about mission and ministry in your church- school location, feel free to contact me.
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