September 16, 2006

Retire that Phrase

Gary Lamb made a post today.

I understand his frustration, but the role of blogging is that everyone has a say. It is the role of the reader to sift the valuable information from the crap. He is right, there are too many people telling people what to do that have no idea what to do themselves.

However, I absolutely hate the phrase, "Those who can do, those who can't teach." Let's retire that phrase shall we? That is the most arrogant and anti-intellectual phrase available. We have seen the church more often led astray by those who do and can't think than by those who teach but can't do. Why because the teacher is called to teach.

I think this phrase is an insult to God's calling on a person's life. God calls professors just the same way he calls minister, and for someone to say something like that demeans the role of the professor in God's plan.

It also places "success" back into the realm of the ABC (attendance, buildings, and capital) rather than in the realm of what is right. Why would a person not be able to speak some truth and inspiration into a situation if they are "unable" to do? What does "unable" mean in that phrase unless it means they have not had success in the ABC's?

Besides, nearly every coach in football failed to be the "star" player on their college or NFL team. But, they were great teachers. They were able to understand the strategy of the game. They couldn't play, but they knew how to make those who do play better.

Good thing Miroslav Volf, Dallas Willard, Leslie Newbigin, Walter Brueggemann, and many other didn't buy into the belief that those who can do and those who can't teach.

I am not meaning to pick on Gary. He just happens to be the one swinging that phrase around.

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