A recent article, Educating in the Spirit: An Examination of the Person and Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian School Education (Part One), seeks to wrestle with the divine tension of maintaining an excellence of scholarship while also leaving ample room for the work of the Holy Spirit. The authors examine this issue from two camps: the Reformed and Pentecostal-Charismatic perspectives. As one reads the perspectives the challenge is to find where one may fall in or between the presented perspectives.
After a brief examination of the person and role of the Holy Spirit from each perspective, the authors then review a sampling of material written by Christian educators. Finding few references at the intersection of course work and the Holy Spirit, they then draw a number of conclusions for the Christian institution. They suggest that attention should be granted to the following areas:
- recognize the legitimacy of the Holy Spirit in all academic areas
- consider the effect the Holy Spirit would have upon a willing educator
- examine how the Spirit effects or works through the ultimate governing body of the institution
- fearlessly engage in the balance of Scripture and the Holy Spirit
They conclude with this plea: "It is our hope that all believers will reflect upon their own understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit and experience His grace in their own lives and ministry" (p. 17). The article is well worth a read but even more the concept deserves a depth of consideration. Within each of our disciplines, how does the Holy Spirit aid in curriculum selection, course structure, interaction with students and so on? What changes might be made if the Holy Spirit was to get in the way we educate? My guess is that He would have a lot to contribute, given the opportunity.
Cameron, T., & Swezey, J. (2015, Fall). Educating in the Spirit: An Examination of the Person and Role of the Holy Spirit in Christian School Education (Part One). Retrieved February 24, 2016, from https://icctejournal.org/issues/v10i1/v10i1-cameron-swezey/