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Return to the UK 2017

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.

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.

30/7/17: Christian living (10): forgiveness

The last 6 chapters in Genesis give a great case study in forgiveness.  Brief summary of situation to this point: Joseph was the second youngest of Jacob’s 12 sons, the first born of his original love, Rachel.  As such he was the favoured son which caused his brothers some considerable anger and resentment.  Recounting his dreams of his brothers bowing down before him (Genesis 37) really did not help matters.  The brothers were able to overpower him away from their father, and having considered killing him, sold him into slavery.

23/7/17: house now the way I want it

I’ve now been back in my house for 3 months and finally I’m getting it the way I want it.

Why so long?  Well, first to explain that it’s a beautiful, small and old house in a lovely area surrounded by much larger houses, a bit of an oddity really!  It’s long and thin with two rooms upstairs and, on the ground floor an entrance area with the bathroom to the right and then a kitchen area which leads straight into the downstairs reception room.  When I was first shown the house back in 2007 I had actually enquired about another but allowed the estate agent to persuade me to see this one as well.

18/7/17: respecting the office or the person


Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you.  But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.”
Matthew 23:1-4

This is the beginning of a section of teaching, shortly before His trial and crucifixion, in which Jesus is highly critical of the religious leaders of the day.

9/7/17: how do YOU read a newspaper?

Since I've been back from Tanzania I've been reading 'The Times' most days (except Sundays, got to draw the line somewhere).  By buying vouchers in advance I get a substantial reduction on the price compared to buying the paper in cash each day.

(Parenthetical thought: so I currently have vouchers going up to 12th August.  I have no idea what the news will be that day, could be a major world changing event or small developments on existing stories, but I can be confident that 'The Times' will be produced that day and I've already paid for my copy.
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