Education Sermon Illustrations

Education Sermon Illustrations

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To be able to read is a great advantage, but this advantage may be sadly abused: to read a good book may be a blessing; but a good book may be read with a bad purpose. Thomas Paine was a reader, and he read the best of books, the Bible, but he read it to scoff at it and revile it; and thus being an infidel himself, tainted the minds of thousands with infidelity.   To be able to write is a great advantage; but this talent may be made a curse. Education is a blessing when its fruits are used to the glory of God and the welfare of man.—Mogridge


Napoleon is said to have cherished a profound reverence for the religion in education. When the schedule of study for Madame Campan's female school was presented to him, he found as one regulation, "The young ladies shall attend prayers twice a week." He immediately took his pen and erased the latter words, substituting ''every day."—Selected


Quality education should aim to make better and more complete men—not better butchers or bakers and more complete bomb-makers.—Harold L. Clapp, N C A. annual meeting


Summa Cum Laude

In 1939, at the age of four years, Jan Ginter Deutsch came to this country with his parents as a refugee from the ravages of war in Poland. Since then, naturally enough, he has grown up. More than that, he has gone to Yale and proved himself to be quite a scholarly young man who has made history of sorts. He has done so by earning a Ph.D. in political science and by getting at the same time a Bachelor of Laws degree, summa cum hude. It is the first time this has happened since Yale's founding. So, congratulations to Jan. He is a shining example, transplanted, of traditional Polish scholarship. We wish him further success in his impending role here as law clerk for Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court.

Dr. W. O. Vaught, Jr., of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, speaks of another who deserves as much praise—even a summa cum laude from God—Legson Kayira. Vaught writes: "I do not think we will ever forget how Legson Kayira told us, step by step, of that amazing journey which brought him to our shores to get his education. The fact that this boy walked twenty-five hundred miles through the heart of Africa, and the fact that he refused the invitation of the communists to fly to Russia and get his education there, makes this story one of the most thrilling of modern times. I am thankful that a great throng of people were able to hear his story from his own lips. Legson has gone from us back to the Seattle World's Fair where he will work in the African Exibit for the remainder of the summer."


Along in the sixties Pat Casey pushed a wheelbarrow across the plains from St. Joseph, Mo., to Georgetown, Colo., and shortly after that he "struck it rich"; in fact, he was credited with having more wealth than anyone else in Colorado. A man of great shrewdness and ability, he was exceedingly sensitive over his inability to read or write. One day an old-timer met him with:

"How are you getting along, Pat?"

"Go 'way from me now," said Pat genially, "me head's bustin' wid business. It takes two lid-pincils a day to do me wurruk."


A catalog of farming implements sent out by the manufacturer finally found its way to a distant mountain village where it was evidently welcomed with interest. The firm received a carefully written, if somewhat clumsily expressed letter from a southern "cracker" asking further particulars about one of the listed articles.

To this, in the usual course of business, was sent a type-written answer. Almost by return mail came a reply:

"You fellows need not think you are so all-fired smart, and you need not print your letters to me. I can read writing."

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