Highlight – From one Preacher to Another

You may have noticed that The Old Fool has used the “sticky” feature of the website so that the post “How to Teach Children about Genesis 1 and 2.”  stays in first place. He did it because he believes that post may be more important any of his other 85 posts.

This book was used for several generations in ou Lehman family

For many years The Old Fool possessed an old, tattered Foster’s Book of Bible Pictures and what they Teach us.  The book was first published in 1897, two years after The Old Fool’s father was born.  In his last writings he tells of having so much problem with his eyes that he missed a year of school.  The adults who cared for him showed him the pictures and read from Foster’s book.  The Old Fool’s mother must  have read to him from the same, now tattered book.  The Old Fool purchased a new book of Foster to read to his children.  He tells you this to underscore that the Lehman family has a tradition of acqainting children with the Bible.  Click on this link to gain access to the pictures now in public domain.

Last Sunday morning the preacher’s text was Genesis 1.  The sermon was well organized, illustrated and delivered.  The audience saw on screen a  butterfly gaining strength as it stretched its beautiful wings.  A child on the screen watched the awesome event.  (It remind’s the Old Fool of a sticker on his daughter’s refrigerator, “the worm thought its world was ending, and then it became a butterfly.”) 

Near the end of her sermon the preacher acknowledged the growing place of science in our world view.  Significantly, she noted that many young people leave the church because they believe that the church is out of date. 

Layered rock in the mountains of western Pennsylvania

The post titled “How to Teach Children about Genesis 1 and 2” is proposed  by a retired science teacher from Bethany Christian School, a retired elementary school teacher in the public school system, and the Old Fool who is a retired churchman.  The three have demonstrated their  concern for the future of the church and its children.

We agreed that it could be helpful if congregations were told from the pulpit that the people who lived before writing and books were invented wondered where they and the world around them came from.  Genesis 1 is the story Hebrew parents told to their children.   

The Old Fool wrote in his fantasy sermon that to hold on to a supposed fact after it has been proven false is like concealing a poison pill in the truth.  How much better for us and our children if we adjust our faith to factual evidence as it emerges!

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Highlight – From one Preacher to Another

  1. Myron S. Augsburger says:

    Yes, but. There are numerous great truths in the story that are beyond the developments in science:
    The Creator is distinct from the creation.
    The world was created good, sin is an ‘accident’ in the world
    Humanity is created in the image of God
    Moral discernment and conscience is a special gift from the Creator.
    Male and female have an equal and complementary role.
    These and other points are important for children beyond the discussion of the relation of science to developments in six periods or ‘days’ .
    All the best. Myron

  2. Thanks, Myron, for responding. What you add are helpful truths found in the old story. I also appreciate that you responded in the comment section of the website. Others are asking questions by email that I must find a way to include in the things I write without revealing any one’s private identity. Thanks again, Martin

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