We recently have had to deal with an issue about some required reading our 11 year old was tackling in school. It spawned a alot of good conversation and thought for a number of people. When I read this post by Bob Kauflin, I thought I’d post it here for your benefit, and for the benefit of those who are educators of Covenant Children in academic settings. The words below are from Richard Baxter, one of the great Puritan pastors and writers. His thoughts and particularly his questions are worth our consideration.
Every congregation cannot hear the most judicious or
powerful preachers: but every single person may read the books of the
most powerful and judicious; preachers may be silenced or banished,
when books may be at hand: books may be kept at a smaller charge than
preachers: we may choose books which treat of that, very subject which
we desire to hear of; but we cannot choose what subject the preacher
shall treat of. Books we may have at hand every day. and hour; when we
can have sermons but seldom, and at set times. If sermons be forgotten,
they are gone; but a book we may read over and over, till we remember
it: and if we forget it, may again peruse it at our pleasure, or at our
leisure. So that good books are a very great mercy to the world: the
Holy Ghost chose the way of writing, to preserve His doctrine and laws
to the Church, as knowing how easy and sure a way it is of keeping it
safe to all generations, in comparison of mere verbal traditions.
While reading ask oneself:
1. Could I spend this time no better?
2. Are there better books that would edify me more?
3. Are the lovers of such a book as this the greatest lovers of the Book of God and of a holy life?
4. Does this book increase my love to the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?
(HT: Worship Matters)