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Speaking from My Holy of Holies (part 2)

How all-too-human preachers can prepare their souls to preach.

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This is part two of a two-part series. Inpart one, Ortberg reminded us that we always speak in the presence of God.

Listen to your hidden curriculum.

Educators often refer to a concept called the hidden curriculum. This concept suggests that in a classroom, there is a formal curriculum that includes things like math problems, writing assignments, or science experiments. But there's also a hidden curriculum, which involves issues like who wants to sit next to whom, and whom does the teacher look at, and whom does the teacher tend to call on? Hidden curriculum teaches students who matters and who doesn't, who's bright and who's left out. If there is inconsistency between the hidden curriculum and the formal curriculum, research shows that students always believe hidden curriculum.

Jesus gets at this idea when he tells the religious leaders in Matthew 12:37, "Your idle words will condemn you." I always assumed that meant: Don't speak casually; you're always supposed to say something important. ...

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Sean Julien

October 31, 2007  4:16pm

yeah, pretty excellent article; the best I've read on this site so far - goes directly to the truth of the matter - and this is not to make the author feel good... :-)

SCOTT LETSON

September 29, 2007  9:38am

THIS REALLY SPEAKS TO MY HEART. THE DESIRE TO PLEASE PEOPLE CREEPS I N TO MINISTRY WITHOUT US KNOWING IT. THANKS

John deSousa

September 28, 2007  2:08pm

Amen and Amen!

James Larkin

September 27, 2007  12:24pm

Thanks, John! That is just what I needed as I prepare this week.

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