Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 171: “Why Hard Learning Makes For Better Lessons”

  • Desirable difficulty is an established aid to learning
  • True for our hearers, but also ourselves as we prepare to speak.
  • Today we’ll focus on reading
  • Paul knew his Old Testament
  • And other writers…..
    • “‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:28 NIV11)
    • “One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”” (Titus 1:12 NIV11)
  • Are we reading widely enough, and, just as importantly, material we find intellectually challenging?
    • Indeed, challenging enough to make us read slowly
  • I have a book like that at the moment: Andy Boakye’s book: “Death and Life”
    • I’m reading it slowly because I need to:
      • Re-read sentences
      • Check references
      • Put notes into Bible software
    • The benefits are many, but they include
      • New ideas
      • New connections
  • What reading is stretching you?
    • We need to know more than we’re saying

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John