God@School - Language Arts - John Van Sloten

September 22, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPastor John Van Sloten begins a new series entitled God@School. This week will focus on the Language Arts. What does the nature of our words say about the nature of our Maker? How does your capacity for language image God? Have you ever experienced God through your words?

“I teach you how to talk, word by word, and personally watch over you…”
God via the prophet Isaiah 51:16, MSG

"Each animal has a sound and this is our sound."
7 year old, Blaise Robichaud

“God has called us to be his image bearers and to reflect His love. Language is one of the most valuable gifts God has given us to use to carry out that task. In developing our gifts of communication we also learn and understand more fully the nature of our relationship with God, His creation and with our neighbour. It is the goal of Language Arts 8 to develop the gifts of talking and listening, reading and writing, viewing and representing.”
Grade 8 Language Arts course introduction, Calgary Christian School

“God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.””
Genesis 11:6-7, MSG

“It is so cool when you see the light go on and kids exclaim "I get it," or "I can really relate to that." When kids "get" the subtleties, imagery. parallelism of language and literature and see those things as relating to them - the metaphor of language - that can be a "God Moment"
LA teacher Hank Beeksma (in conversation with teacher Rudy De Groot)

“I have put my words in your mouth”
God via the prophet Isaiah 51:16, NIV

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


One Love

Come Thou Font

All of the Words

You Tell Me So

Blessed to be a Witness

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