Most people understand that education is more than data. Wisdom is more than information. The Pharisees were wrong to stop at the head, and Jesus said their type of education would never allow them into the kingdom of God.
For a long time we at BiblicalTraining have wanted to create a different image of what true education really is. And it is time to bring this conviction into public discussion. I remember reading Dallas Willard as he talked about the power of images and how they control us, often subconsciously. So what is the image we should use to help people walk through BiblicalTraining and come out the other side truly prepared for ministry?
This is going to be a lengthy process, but we wanted to start by asking for your help. Let me spell out what we are thinking and then please comment on this post to let us know.
Here are the three steps we are considering for truly learning. Our idea is to wrap this structure around every lecture.
This certainly is a necessary part of education. Without the biblical data, we are uniformed at best, wrong at worse, and our exercise of religion is merely uninformed emotionalism with no necessary grounding in the truth.
Biblical spirituality has long known that the next step is "being," even though many of us tend to move directly to "doing." But the information we have gained must be internalized. We must reflect on what we have come to know about God and about ourselves and about others; all three are critical. This step is often skipped in Bible study methods, and to our peril.
Finally, we ask ourselves what we are going to do, how the habits of our hearts need to change. How will this information -- known and reflected on -- change how we act toward God, ourselves, and others.
So the question is this. How can we shape the image on BiblicalTraining to reflect this three-fold conviction? When you go to a lecture page, all that you are currently seeing is the first step: data transfer, the head, data. Starting with the cosmetics of this page, how can we help people see that they are only one third of the way through the learning process when they have listened to the lecture?
Can you help us? Please log into your BiblicalTraining account and comment on this post. Help us decide how to help others move beyond the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees and truly help people become fully-devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.