From Triangles to Tattoos?!?

From Triangles to Tattoos?!?

Each week, I have the privilege of gathering with a group of 16 and 17 year olds where we learn math and more about the God behind the language of math! This week, we were once again learning even more about triangles. Let me just say, I love triangles! Triangles are so important in measuring and relating to God’s creation that there is a whole course called Trigonometry devoted to them! And guess what, my God is a triune God.  Interesting that He would choose the triangle as a corner piece in understanding so many aspects of His creation. Very interesting, isn’t it?!? So this week, we were contemplating triangles. Formulas for triangles, similar triangles, right-triangles, congruent triangles, … and I stopped! “Students. What do the words congruent triangles mean?” A student replies reading the bold text from a lesson, “Congruent triangles are similar triangles with a scale factor of one.” “Good!” I replied. “So you could say congruent triangles are the same. They have the same side lengths and same angles.” Frustrated and forlorn, one student states, “Well then! Why don’t we just say that then! Why do we have to use strange words!” YES!! The moment had come! You see, I have been waiting, waiting for this fated pivotal moment. The moment when the stars aligned, and I could share a secret I learned seven years ago – a learning secret. “Every subject has a language that we have to learn! This is called the grammar. Do you feel stupid when someone keeps using a word as if you should know what it means? I sure do!...

Comparing Covenants

My oldest two children and I are currently working through a study on Abraham using Precept Ministries materials for teens/schools. We are enjoying looking into the life of Abraham, where many historical and spiritual sprouted. Who was Abraham? What is his significance? How does this relate to the rest of scripture? These are only a few of the questions we contemplate and ponder in this rich study. This week we camped on the Abrahamic covenant and cross referenced two other main covenants in the scriptures – the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.  While we only scratched the surface of these ideas and their implications, it was an incredible time of discussion and observation. I’ll share a quick overview chart that may stir your family to ponder and compare these covenants.   Abrahamic Covenant (AC) Old Covenant (OC) New Covenant(NC) Genesis 15 Exodus 24, Gal 3 Ez 36, Jer 31, Gal 3 God made with Abram God made with Israel God made with believers Promise: Great nation, descendants (seed) All nations blessed through him Land added because of transgression Tutor to lead to Christ Promise: God’s Law written on hearts Forgives iniquity God’s Spirit within causes to walk in His ways   We asked questions like: When was the covenant made? How long will it last? Who made it? Who was it made with? What was promised? What was its purpose? What was the outcome? What was Abram’s response? What was Israel’s response? What should be the response of those participating in the New Covenant? Enjoy pondering and...