In this week’s edition of our weekly newsletter, Scott Gunn considers what would happen if we all treated autumn as a back to school season—for our faith.
Dear friends in Christ,
This week, my Facebook feed is full of families with kids headed back to school. Just about every store I’ve been in for a couple of weeks has specials for “back to school season.” Even in churches, lots of places that ended classes over the summer are starting back up again. But back to school isn’t just for kids and their parents.
The Rite I service often starts out with the Summary of the Law. “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Did you catch that? “All thy mind.” Too many people check out of learning about their faith. We don’t take courses, we don’t read books, and we don’t wrestle with ideas that might push us to change or grow. And, yet, how can we love God with our minds if we don’t use our minds?
If your church offers adult education courses, take a look! Sign up! If not, maybe a nearby church (even another denomination) offers something that can feed your mind. If courses aren’t your thing, how about reading a book about faith? There are loads of them. Your local bookstore has plenty of books on faith, and so does your public library. Ask a friend or your priest for suggestions.
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