This last Thursday’s group meetings for Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice. We have 15 student teaching assistants leading 15 groups of King students. And in the last photo you see our lead teaching assistant, Sydney Bailey, meeting with our teaching assistants as we debrief after the groups. This last week’s theme was “How to Live the Good Life.” We study Hebrew wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, etc) and think through if and how this ancient wisdom speaks to our lives today. Essentially, I am inviting the students to think creatively and feely about speaking beauty to the chaos of this world as God does in Genesis 1. Their assignment is to write at least a five-line poem that speaks beauty to chaos without denying or diminishing chaos, tragedy, suffering, oppression. When we deny the chaos we lose creation. Of course, this is opposed to most of American Christianity where devotees deny the chaos or use the baby Jesus as a magic wand to “remove” the chaos. Teaching this theme in this way is what we call 21st century teaching of the Christian Scriptures to 21st century students. Yes, it’s true, King Bible and Religion left the 1950’s awhile ago. If you want an idea of one our discussions, check out the video below on Theme 1: God Creates by Speaking Into the Chaos. The video was filmed in Palestine while on one of our digs.