What is a Christian Education?

Every Tuesday we gather at Speak What We Feel to ruminate together over questions about life both serious and silly to grow together in understanding and perspective of one another and of our world at large. Today’s question:

If there were one thing you wish were taught in whatever your church calls Sunday school, what would it be?

It could be past or present: something you wish were taught in jr high/high school or currently in your, let’s call it, life connection class.

Me? I think today I’ll go with Church history. When I took my first Church History class in grad school, it was like the whole world made sense in more solid ways… both in how I understand Church today and why in many ways we are how we are, and in regard to history at large.

The other day someone said they wish it’d been this: “If they would have explained THIS [what hooking up does to our bodies and brains chemically] in Sunday school it probably would have made me grasp why God wanted me to value sex for the commitment of marriage!”

Okay. Your turn.

Doesn't this look fascinating!? Trust me, taught well it is! (Click to enlarge.)

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6 Responses to What is a Christian Education?

  1. wtrey says:

    That’s a tough question!

    But if I had to choose just one thing that could be taught in Sunday school, i would like for it to be evidence for the validity of the Bible (like facts about old manuscripts, archeological evidence that confirms events/people/places, etc.). Aside from the fact that it’s reassuring, it is really, really fascinating to me!

    By the way, you recently responded to an email that I submitted to ProbeMinistries and I just want to say thanks for your help! I really appreciate it!

    • reneamac says:

      Hey, Trey! Thanks for your comment. Obviously, working at an apologetics ministry as I do, I agree! We definitely need more apologetics (like how we can know the Bible is reliable) as a part of our Christian education. What else makes your list of things you wish the church was teaching?

      I’m glad I was able to be helpful. You’re asking good questions about an important issue; don’t be surprised if it shows up as an “Answers to Email” post here within the next few months! 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    🙂 I agree about more church history; gimme a broader view of who Christians are and how we are related. Church history is amazingly layered–drama, drama, blood, war, drama–but as a visual learner I want the picture book. I’d love to bring art back into our church context and study how these huge ideas of God, creation, humanity, etc are depicted throughout the ages by various artists both in Western and non-Western art. How well archaeology could be tied into this visual journey through our church past–providing cultural context to every century’s believers’ daily life. I have a feeling this would be one of those Wednesday night or Saturday afternoon type events. Art might be a little too much for a Sunday morning (cue discussion of Michelangelo’s and Donatello’s “Davids,” sans fig leaf).

    • reneamac says:

      Right on! More art, please. And it looks like you’re asking specifically for a Walk-Through the History of Church Art—put pictures on that timeline up there. Recently PBC 1.0 did a Sunday morning series on Nancy Pearcey’s Saving Leondardo, which is a historical approach to the philosophy of art, and which draws in part from Shaeffer’s essays, “Art and the Bible.” It was very well received.

  3. mckenzie5 says:

    practically caring for your elderly parents in a god-honoring way, “parenting” of adult children, the holy spirit, and who were are in Christ…just a start 🙂 maybe not sunday school topics but certainly small group topics that i would be interested in 🙂

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