Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.
I was 40 years old the first time I put on a pair of reading glasses. I had stubbornly defied all the predictions that I would never make it out of law school without needing glasses (presumably due to all the reading law school requires…this is where some of my law school friends who read this blog will surely make some wise crack about how little reading Blake actually did in law school). It was one evening during my 41st year when I was at my parents’ house and they noticed I was squinting as I read the paper. Dad handed me a pair of reading glasses and my life changed right then and there. I could not believe how much they helped! I had a whole new outlook on life…literally.
That is what glasses are supposed to do, cause us to see differently. Thus we have little sayings such as “She sees the world through rose-colored glasses”. The glasses we wear have everything to do with our outlook.
I have been a Bible teacher for almost 30 years now. Clearly, there are some books and passages in the Bible which are a sheer joy to teach and there are others which…well, let’s just say they challenge my ability to “keep it fresh”. One of the passages I LOVE to teach is in Matthew: the sermon on the mount. I know many scholars and commentators believe this “sermon” is actually just Matthew’s compilation and summary of many lessons Jesus taught over a period of time. I understand that theory and I am not nearly enough of a Bible scholar to debate it. But personally, I don’t like it. I very much …