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peaceful Caanan

My Sunday school class is, shall we say, not your standard Baptist young adult Sunday school class. We don't follow a set curriculum, and we don't have a teacher. Instead, we decide what we want to study (usually a book or a theme), and then someone volunteers to lead either the whole study or we take turns. We all like to debate and discuss, rather than being lectured to, and we share pretty similar senses of humor, so we have a good time. And we learn a lot.

Right now we are studying Judges, and next week it's my turn to teach. Now. Normally, this would not be a big deal. I would read the book we're using, do a little outside research, maybe talk to my sister or a minister, and be good to go.

But. This time, the gauntlet of creativity has been thrown down. People are incorporating games into their lessons. For example, a couple of weeks ago when we learned about Ehud (and WOW is that a story), before the actual lesson started, we played Judges Mad Libs. You know, Mad Libs. Where you insert particular types of words (in this case, "a firey verb," or "really difficult-to-pronounce name") to make a story. The point being that the stories in Judges, especially in the beginning, are a little bit formulaic.

Today we tried to match the twelve tribes of Israel to their geographic territories. C and I tied for first place, but that's only because I got a bonus point for knowing that the Levites were the tribe without a country, as it were. C is definitely the best Tribes of Isarael map-guesser in our class. Then we all had to be a character in the story of Deborah. I was Deborah and the Attorney was Barak, C was Yael, I can't remember who the Librarian was, but it was important, etc., etc.. (Let's just say that wasn't necessarily a good decision. At one point, this arrangement resulted in the Attorney and me attempting to sing Deborah's song to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas.") It was a great way to teach the story, which, let's face it, has some bizarre twists and turns. And it was fun.

So this is all to say that I am feeling the pressure to come up with a good activity for next week's story, which is Abimelech. Anyone out there have ideas? Really creative, silly-yet-point-driven ideas? Yet not in somewhat questionable taste. You know, it's Sunday school.



Blogger David McCullars said...

Might I suggest that you compose a parody of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" so that we can all sing the backup part "Abimelech, Abimelech" instead of "Ohi'mbube"

Maybe something like:

Judge of Israel,
oh mighty Israel,
a country without a king
Son of Gideon,
Ruler of Ephraim,
Fratricidal fiend ...

Abimelech, Abimelech ...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 1:13:00 AM


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