Teaching Paradox to Teens

I’m teaching the senior high sunday school class next week, and I would like to teach about the Lutheran paradoxes (sinner/saint, two kingdoms, law/gospel, justification by grace through faith, theology of the cross).  Obviously these paradoxes each merit their own session or two, but I would like to simply introduce the concept of Lutheran paradoxes because I find them to be:

  1. a window into Lutheran theology;
  2. a description of the Christian life; and
  3. a comforting contrast to the dominant black & white, moralistic, do-it-myself theology operative in much of American Christianity.

Any ideas on how I can illustrate paradox with an activty, game, music, DVD clip, etc?  I know the lesson content, but I want to make the lesson interesting and enaging, not just a dry delivery of doctrine . . .

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Published by Chris Duckworth

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3 thoughts on “Teaching Paradox to Teens

  1. I am sad to say all my games usually wind up being more embarrassing than anything else. I seriuosly doubt musical onion will be of any use to you.

  2. I don’t have a suggestion yet, but keep in mind that teens come to be able to have abstract thinking at different ages. If you have any contact with people who work in camping ministry, see if they know of some concrete ways to convey these paradoxes.

  3. I’m thinking of those pictures where if you look at it one way, you see one thing, and if you look at it another way, you see another thing. (Is it a vase or two faces?) Sometimes you can even see both. How can one picture be two things? its (sort of like) a paradox.

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