You may have noticed that The Old Fool has used the “sticky” feature of the website so that the post “How to Teach Children about Genesis 1 and 2.” stays in first place. He did it because he believes that post may be more important any of his other 85 posts.
For many years The Old Fool possessed an old, tattered Foster’s Book of Bible Pictures and what they Teach us. The book was first published in 1897, two years after The Old Fool’s father was born. In his last writings he tells of having so much problem with his eyes that he missed a year of school. The adults who cared for him showed him the pictures and read from Foster’s book. The Old Fool’s mother must have read to him from the same, now tattered book. The Old Fool purchased a new book of Foster to read to his children. He tells you this to underscore that the Lehman family has a tradition of acqainting children with the Bible. Click on this link to gain access to the pictures now in public domain.
Last Sunday morning the preacher’s text was Genesis 1. The sermon was well organized, illustrated and delivered. The audience saw on screen a butterfly gaining strength as it stretched its beautiful wings. A child on the screen watched the awesome event. (It remind’s the Old Fool of a sticker on his daughter’s refrigerator, “the worm thought its world was ending, and then it became a butterfly.”)
Near the end of her sermon the preacher acknowledged the growing place of science in our world view. Significantly, she noted that many young people leave the church because they believe that the church is out of date.
The post titled “How to Teach Children about Genesis 1 and 2” is proposed by a retired science teacher from Bethany Christian School, a retired elementary school teacher in the public school system, and the Old Fool who is a retired churchman. The three have demonstrated their concern for the future of the church and its children.
We agreed that it could be helpful if congregations were told from the pulpit that the people who lived before writing and books were invented wondered where they and the world around them came from. Genesis 1 is the story Hebrew parents told to their children.
The Old Fool wrote in his fantasy sermon that to hold on to a supposed fact after it has been proven false is like concealing a poison pill in the truth. How much better for us and our children if we adjust our faith to factual evidence as it emerges!
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