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17/2/18: looking to understand the Book of Job

For some years now I've been reading through the Bible each year, alongside gradually going through the Bible also using the New International Version Application Commentary (NIVAC) as a guide.  Have to say, going through the Bible is a great discipline which I would thoroughly recommend to all Christians in getting to know the Bible better.

The scheme I use has a portion each day from each of the Psalms and Proverbs, then about two chapters from the rest of the Old Testament and an average of just less than one chapter from the New Testament.

14/2/18: at school (5): report from assembly and dancing

In my last two posts I wrote about two upcoming things which have now happened: my assembly in Holocaust Week and joining the school staff dancing troupe.  So let me now report back on these two things!

Firstly the assembly.  Just to recap: I started from Simon Wiesenthal's account in 'The Sunflower' when, as a concentration camp prisoner in the Second World War, he was asked to forgive a young German soldier dying from battle wounds who had previously been involved in the massacre of a group of Jews, finishing with a clear Christian message of forgiveness at the foot of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21/1/18: at school (4): I've joined the staff dance troupe!

It all started with the school carol service, held in a church building a short walk from school.  I was playing the Organ and, because of the layout of the building, quite a large number of people - particularly colleagues - had a clear view of me playing.  In kindly thanking me afterwards, a number of people particularly commented on my use of the pedal board, and I can see that, if you've not seen an Organist in operation at close quarters before, that is likely to be the most striking feature of what you're seeing.

14/1/18: at school (3): assembly in Holocaust Week coming up

The week after next is Holocaust Week, assemblies that week at school reflect that theme and I'm due to be speaking to our year 10 cohort - 14-15 year olds.  Please see below a draft of what I'm intending to say, I'm assuming, of course, that nobody who's going to be there is reading this now!  I'd be interested in any feedback you might have, particularly, I'm intending to finish as indicated but am wondering about finishing with a prayer.  What do you think?

7/1/18: at school (2): individuals in classes

A very happy new year to all my readers, I trust that 2018 will bring peace, prosperity and happiness to you and all you love.  Christmas already seems a long time ago, doesn't it?

We went back to school on Wednesday to a full teaching day.  I'm searching my memory cells and am sure that, last time I was school teaching on a full time basis, the first day of term was a training day, a concept which had only just been formalised at the time by the then Secretary of State Kenneth Baker.

31/12/17: looking foward to the year ahead

I trust you've had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating the birth of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord Jesus, with a wonderful 2018 ahead of you.

I'm aware that I've not put much on my blog recently, so thank you for coming back!  The first term teaching was a bit overwhelming to be honest, although by the end of the term I felt I was one step behind rather than 3 which seemed like a big improvement.  Various thoughts to share on such matters as the use of Google and classroom management, so watch this space!

12/11/17: at school: an act of remembrance

Now that the problems with the website are fixed I'm working towards again putting up a weekly blog post.  I've got some more general reflections on working in school teaching again in preparation in my mind, but today I wanted to tell you about one particular thing.

Here in the UK the nearest Sunday to 11th November is Remembrance Sunday, corresponding to the First World War finishing in 1918 on that date.  Working with youngsters at this time is a reminder just how fast time goes by, with current affairs very quickly becoming history.

29/10/17: is good maths teaching a branch of geography?

My apologies for the gap in posting to this blog, a combination of life being very busy and problems with my website provider which are now solved.  I look forward to reflecting on working in school again shortly, meanwhile, I realised that I'd written the piece below a while ago, based on my conference talk in April, and thought you might be interested to see it.  As always, very pleased to hear what you think!
 
 
Introduction
In the 1980s comedy series, “Yes, Minister” there was an episode “The Moral Dimension” in which it became apparent that a British contract in a fictional Middle Eastern country had come about through bribery.

28/8/17: the countdown is on!

As I've mentioned briefly already in previous posts, from next week I will be school teaching again.  This is a move I've thought a great deal about over the last few years and I'm really looking forward to it.  I'm delighted with the school which has been kind enough to take me on.  I've known the school from the outside for many years, and have been colleagues previously with at least two teachers I'll be working with, including the head of the mathematics department.

5/8/17: Christian living (11): can Christians be rich?

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."

Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to Your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to You and righteous and upright in heart.  You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.  Now, Lord my God, You  have made Your servant king in place of my father David.  But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
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