.This weekend I attended the Illinois Christian Home Educators' big annual convention. It was outstanding. One of may all-time favorite speakers is Dr. Voddie Baucham. If I moved to Texas, I'd probably want to attend the church he's at. There was one point where he addressed the issue of being timid about engaging the intellect in matters of faith. He told a story that goes something like this:
A dad goes to his son's football coach and tells the coach not to be too technical with the words he uses with the team. Instead of the proper names of positions, strategies and rules, he should just tell the kids the essentials... "get the ball, and run it past the big guys to that post on the other side... that's it"
.Then a mom approaches her daughter's ballet teacher and does the same thing. Please don't bother with all that fancy talk of jeté, pirouette and whatever. It would be simple enough to instruct my little girl to "just put her feet together and bend at the knees."
.I am sure I don't do his story justice, but we got a good laugh out of it. Then he went on to say,
If we had teachers and coaches who ran their programs that way, we would probably take our kids out and pay somebody else who could do it right. Why then do we expect lower standards when it comes to the church and theology?
.Hmmm... food for thought.