10 Signs You’re a Scripture Teacher
You might be a scripture teacher if…your heart is racing at the thought of this Bible in your sacred space.
After leaving parish youth ministry, I started out teaching Church History and Christian Social Doctrine (actually, there was a brief stint as a middle school science teacher; still waiting for a therapy breakthrough on that one). After a couple years, I switched to Sacred Scripture, which is WAY more fun (sorry, medievalists, I prefer early antiquity). Here are a few signs you might also be a scripture teacher:
- When your kids tell you they want to take up kite-flying, you joke back, “As long as you don’t eat the kites” (Leviticus 11:13-14).
- You take flirting tips from the Song of Songs playbook (Song of Songs 7) and your wife slaps you with her myrrh-scented hand (5:5).
…or maybe you find this picture a little revealing.
- You seriously regale your students with stories of the time you saw unicorns on African safari.
- You start to refer to your wife in prayer as “that woman you put here with me” (Genesis 3:12).
- You’re not sure why, but politicians always somehow remind you of the animal in the story of Balaam (Numbers 22:28).
- Whenever you see two of your students holding hands, you take the boy aside and tell him to meditate on Sirach 25:13-15.
- Your kids hate going to the beach with you because you always use their sand castles as “teachable moments” (Matthew 7:24-29).
- You get a haughty, little chuckle out of your kindergarteners’ class goals for the year to memorize the Our Father (Matthew 6:9-13) and the Hail Mary (Luke 1:28, 42) because your kids have already been saying those prayers by heart for years.
- You feel a strong compulsion to correct people when they mention Adam’s apple (Genesis 3:1-7) or the Three Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12)
- You fully endorse Brandon Vogt’s #FreeTheWord movement and have signed the petition.