Learning from our Teacher
It seemed like a good combination at the time, but as it turned out I had some difficult things to say, off the back of today's lectionary reading from Mark 10: 46-52 where Bartimaeus (whose name means Son of the Unclean one) encounters this Rabbi from Nazareth... Anyway, I won't go into the details of what I had to say except that it was largely around our reluctance to move on, to truly follow Jesus, and learn from him as our teacher or rabbi.
But then I came home to find this piece by Kim Fabricius over on Connexions, where he concludes...
Over 25 years ago I bought a book. I revisit it so often that the pages are falling out. It’s called "What Prevents Christian Adults from Learning." There is, the author suggests, a constellation of obstructions to learning: the need to be right, the fear of being wrong, the security of the known, the pain of un-learning, the hard work of re-thinking, the disturbance of dissonance, the ubiquity of distraction. Quite a challenging agenda. As a teacher, the author has been working at it his entire career. As a minister I’ve tried too. The author’s name is John Hull. The book is full of insight. The thing is: John Hull is blind. But he sees. Do we?