Back to Laptops in the Classroom

NPR recently ran a story “Put Away That Laptop: Professors Pull The Plug.”  The lead paragraph states: “While high school teachers fight for their jobs, some college professors are fighting for their students’ attention. The competition is the ubiquitous laptop computer. University students say they’re essential. To many professors laptops are instruments of mass distraction.”

I thought Dr. Fredrick Lawrence (Dean, George Washington University Law School) had an interesting insight: “I think if no one in your lecture hall or your classroom is paying attention to you and you complain about that, that is like the baker complaining about the bread.” 

This observation made me think of how I teach in the classroom and also how I preach in the pulpit.  I wonder how many pastors complain about their audience’s attention span and blame it on the culture?  Could the same baker/bread dynamic be true in the church?

Carson on Biblical Studies

Andy Naselli posted a link to a book chapter by D. A. Carson that is a “must read” for those who teach or desire to teach the Word of God. In his “The Trials of Biblical Studies” Carson muses on five trails that face those who engage in doing theology. His five trials are Integration, Work, Pride, Manipulation of Scripture and Priorities. While Carson does not say anything new, his thoughts are a refreshing admonition for those of us who make our living in the Word. For instance speaking about those who spend hours “working” in the Word:

                “If, then, we are by temperament somewhat perfectionist, it is not  difficult, with such a vast  array of data-rich fields before us, to become workaholics. And a true workaholic is unlikely to be a good spouse, a godly and wise parent, a faithful Christian.”

The chapter is from The Trials of Theology: Becoming a ‘Proven Worker” In a Dangerous Business, edited by Andrew J. B. Cameron and Brian S. Rosner (Scotland: Christian Focus Publishing, 2010).

Ken Ham on Bruce Waltke

See the following article for Ken Ham’s (Answers in Genesis) take on Waltke’s position on evolution.  Also note that the controversy is being covered by ABC TV World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.  While I see the need to discuss the issue among biblical scholars, I see no profit in being interviewed by ABC.

An update: “Where Have All the Scholars Gone?”

Thanks to Tim Raymond who alerted me to the explanation by Dr. Waltke to his video interview. Waltke states, “I had not seen the video before it was distributed. Having seen it now, I realize its deficiency and wish to put my comments in a fuller theological context.”  To read his explanation go here. Point # 6 still seems to favor evolution and not creation. I am curious to read an explanation of his “cult” comment concerning those who do not believe the so-called scientific facts of evolution. This is missing.

Where Have All the Scholars Gone?

Back in the 1960’s the folk song trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, took a Pete Seeger song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and made it a popular protest song for that decade.  After watching the YouTube interview with Dr. Bruce Waltke I am asking the same question (with the same emotion of protest).  First, Tremper Longman questions the historical Adam (see my earlier post) and now an outstanding OT scholar such as Waltke suggests that if the church does not embrace evolution, the church could legitimately be considered a cult!  Waltke believes that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming (although he does not cite any evidence that would move a scholar away from a literal understanding of Genesis 1-3). Where have all the scholars gone—not back to the Bible.