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Reflecting the Real World

Today's Winnipeg Free Press published "Inclusion in the classroom: Teachers support adding sexual-orientation themes to all curricula."  Here is my response:


“...teachers need to know they can reflect the real world without worrying what the school board will do to their careers,” says Nick Martin in “Inclusion in the classroom.” This is a reference to teachers being able to acknowledge the LBGTTQ community in all facets of the education they give but if this is indeed a truth—that teachers need to be able to reflect the real world—then why is a teacher's job threatened if she tries to reflect the real world of Christianity? If “an advanced math class studying string theory might discuss how British mathematician Alan Turing was driven to suicide when his homosexuality was made public,” why might a physics class not discuss Blaise Pascal's Wager?
If the “real world” is to be reflected by teachers in their classrooms, this needs to be done across the board and …

Both Good AND Bad

There once was a king whose son was getting married.  He sent out the invitations and prepared an enormous banquet for this was to be the best event the kingdom had experienced in decades.  On the day of the wedding, he provided limousine service to his guests but when the chauffeurs showed up, the guests refused to go with them.  The king tried again, sending other drivers but this time, although some of the people simply ignored the messengers, others grabbed them and used cruel ways to kill them.

The king was livid!  How dare they!  Not only had he lost valuable servants but this was an insult of the highest order.  Not come to his son's wedding?  It was an honour to be invited and they did this?  In anger he sent out his army to destroy those murderers and their city.

But now what?  He had a small herd of cattle roasting on rotisseries for the past several days and it seemed a shame to let the food go to waste so he sent out the limousines again. This time he told the driver…

To Write or Not

I get very frustrated and discouraged by my chronic lack of energy and am constantly wondering how to cope with it.  I've thought that trying to simplify my life might help--including removing as much from my life as possible that doesn't feed my body, soul and spirit. I narrowed my priorities to three things: Spending time with God, going for long walks (which energise my soul even as they leave my body exhausted afterwards) and interacting with people.  Because it had started to feel like an obligation instead of a joy, I decided that writing was one of the things that I would let go.

At church on Sunday, this seemed to be confirmed when I was convicted that some of the dreams I've had, including writing, have been more about being known, recognised and acclaimed, and thus self-centred, than about edifying God.

Monday, however, I began to rethink this, remembering that when I had asked God, back in January, what three areas he wanted me to grow in this year, one of the…