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David Marine (Class of 1996)

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:50 PM by David Detwiler   [ updated Jul 24, 2013, 7:48 AM ]

        Mr. Ellenwood's Bible class. It's one of the most memorable of classes that I can recall from high school. The day before a test there'd be a game for bonus points on the test. Hunting through an entire book of the Bible to look for a phrase to double your bonus points. And tons of memory verses. These are all things I recall from Bible class, but they're not the most important things I remember from that class. The truths taught and lessons learned help cement a foundation started at home and in church, but at PCS I was given the opportunity every day to be challenged from God's Word. Participating in Bible Quiz team gave me the chance to memorize portions of the Bible that I still remember today.

        The truths taught by Mr. E were not just limited to an hour long class. He made sure they were carried over onto the soccer field and the basketball court. A Biblical education has been important on so many levels. Scripture memorization has helped not me not just spiritually, but also in my work life as I often have to memorize speeches and presentations. The encouragement to think critically about what we learn and not just accept it at face value has helped confirm my beliefs, but also shown me how to be a better analytical thinker.

        While English, biology and algebra are the standard by which most academics are measured, it's the studies in Scripture that have had the longest lasting impact on my life beyond school.