Sunday, November 30, 2008

Teaching the Life of Paul

Today wrapped up my 26 weeks of team teaching the Life of Paul in Sunday School. It was bittersweet for me because I like teaching but part of me is glad that it is over. The life of Paul for me has been interesting you see I am a historian at heart and have my undergraduate degree in American History and for my senior seminar I took a class on the Julio-Claudian emperors never realizing just how important this class would be to me. For those that have not caught on the Julio-Caludian Emperors (Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero) ruled during the time of Paul.
The class was taught by myself and the senior pastor, Tom. We met every week to discuss the class and to prepare for the next class. Tom has been heling me to get across my message in a way that others can relate to it. You see I have the desire to one day teach at the college level. I have the passion for research and the drive to study but sometimes my delivery can be off. The feed back that I received today let me know that the objectives that Toam and I set out to accomplish had ben accomplished. We wanted everyone to understand and see that Paul was human just like the rest of us. I think that sometimes we forget that the great men of the Bible were still just men. Another thing that we set out to accomplish was that we wanted to bring history into the world of the Bible. There has been the disconnect between the world history that is taught and the history of the Bible as if the two can be seperated. They in fact can not and should not be seen as seperate. I am not sure what is next for me but right now I am going to concentrate on putting together my Genesis study. Years ago I taught that book verse by verse and now I want to put it together in a simular way to the Paul study I just got done doing. Well it is getting late and I am getting tired so I will end this first blog right here. What did I learn that I am a teacher at heart and I will strive to live up to that calling.