I was talking to a history professor about a course she teaches called, “Turning Points.” Of course she teaches about of the big events but she also touches on a few of the more ordinary things that have changed human history. For one lectures she brings a block of ice and a jar of kerosene to her class. She uses the block to discuss the amazing change refrigeration has had for humanity – being able to preserve food. She uses kerosene to talk about light – how we forget how dark the world is at night without good light. And she emphasizes that these changes are both in the last 100 years!
Manuals on how to cut ice blocks and how to refine whale blubber for oil are not very practical today, but some knowledge survives the test of time.
This Sunday, we won’t read about ice blocks and kerosene but we still read about the 3 Little Pigs and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, because they have lessons that we can apply in our lives today.
This Sunday were going to talk about story and the profound role that story plays in teaching us.
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