I have a two word phrase that rings constantly in my mind as I write: be interesting.
Some writer I heard about had a sign over his desk that read: will the reader turn the page?
Teachers ought to think about this. Imagine your class in on TV. Would people flip the channels?
This is the #1 thing I work on: helping teachers have material that is interesting. It could be funny, shocking, surprising, personal. . . it could be a lot of things, but it needs to be interesting. When you teach, try to be interesting.
It is one of the things I love about the Kindle. It allows me to copy and paste interesting stuff into my lessons: Good Questions Have Groups Talking.
Just now I found two interesting sections that will appear in a future lesson. I thought I would pass them along to you now. (The next one is: will my pets be in heaven?
This from Randy Alcorn’s book on Heaven:
Someone wrote to me, “My children are hoping extinct animals will be in Heaven, maybe even dinosaurs.” Is this merely a child’s fantasy? I think it’s a question based on a rational conclusion. Were dinosaurs part of God’s original creation of a perfect animal world? Certainly. Will the restoration of Earth and the redemption of God’s creation be complete enough to bring back extinct animals? Will extinct animals be included in the “all things” Christ will make new? I see every reason to think so and no persuasive argument against it. I think we should fully expect that extinct animals and plants will be brought back to life. By resurrecting his original creation, God will show the totality of his victory over sin and death.
Animals are created for God’s glory. What could speak more of his awesome power than a tyrannosaurus? When talking to Job, God pointed out his greatness revealed in the giant land and sea creatures behemoth and leviathan (Job 40–41). Why shouldn’t all people have the opportunity to enjoy these great wonders of God on the New Earth?
Imagine Jurassic Park with all of the awesome majesty of those huge creatures but none of their violence and hostility. Imagine riding a brontosaurus—or flying on the back of a pterodactyl. Unless God made a mistake when he created them—and clearly he didn’t—why wouldn’t he include them when he makes “everything new”? — Heaven (Randy Alcorn)