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"Thirsty for Judgment" - November 12, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn

Art: Niagara Falls, Louisa Davis Minot, 1818
Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24 John: 7:37-38
Before starting seminary, I taught middle school and high school science here in Brooklyn. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. Nothing sends you on a quest to find God, like spending your days with a room full of teenagers. No offense to any teenagers here!

Because teaching was also one of the most joyful and rewarding things I’ve ever done. Because you get to see, over the course of a year, how much a young person can learn and grow! And as a teacher, you have the privilege to be a part of that growth.

And in teaching, you also learn so much. One of the most valuable things I learned from my students? The best indicator of how much a student will learn, is how willing they are to receive honest feedback about the things they could be doing better?

I remember one 7th grade biology student who began the year getting mostly C’s, on her quizzes and lab reports. But every time she got a …

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