Confucius, the ancient Chinese teacher, said, “I give a pupil one corner of a subject, and if he cannot find the other three corners, I do not want him to be my pupil.”
The goal of all teachers should be for their students to have a desire to study diligently on their own.
“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
(William A. Ward)
Teaching is more than dispensing information – it is the igniting of a passion for the subject at hand.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” (William Butler Yeats)
One of my favorite websites is Biblical Training. This site includes audio lectures on a wide variety of biblical and theological topics from a broadly evangelical perspective. Much of the material is available for free.
The content of the lectures ranges from material suitable for new believers to seminary-level instruction. The lecturers include Bill Mounce, Bryan Chapell, Craig Blomberg, and Mark Strauss. Personally, I would not agree with all the theological positions found on this site, but I do think there is much that is worthwhile. A good place to begin is with the complete class list.
You are the Master Teacher
Who walked by Galilee
And spoke the words of life
With God’s authority.
Be now my Master Teacher
And stay close by my side
As I face the task of teaching
Be Thou my patient guide.
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”