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This book was written by a friend of mine and he does an excellent job in explaining how tradition has made its way into our baptist churches. While I do not agree with him on a few things, I did find my self revaluation a few things in my ministry and asking myself "Why am I doing what I am doing". It is a good read. http://fortheloveofthefamily.com/bookstore/travis-burke/
I have recently ran across an issue with our Sunday School classes. I am the Superintendent (that's hebrew for "you do this nOBody else wants to" ) of the Sunday School classes. We have a lady teaching the teens with the oldest ones being 15 which are her 2 sons (twins). The statement was made the other day that we didn't need to have a woman teaching boys over 13 years old. Since then I have inquired about the 13 year old rule. I have asked a few deacons, preachers, and friends. Only a few have a different answer. Most stick to the 13 year old rule. I decided to search out the Bible first and foremost. The issue of the matter is revolved around a woman not assurp authoruty over a man 1 Timothy 2:12. Their argument is that a boy needs to have a male authority/role model for a teacher. They site Jesus teaching in the temple when He was 12. I have also been told that Jewish "tradition" has a boy becoming a man at the age of 13. They also site it isn't good to have a woman in the same room with teenage boys without her husband present. It's a temptation. Political correctness of the situation with what goes on today. I've heard some of it all. I would also like to state that I will be submissive to my pastor should he say we need to seperate them. BUT...... Here is what I have found so far. Exodus 30:14 Exodus 38:26 Leviticus 27:3-5 all throughout Numbers when they were numbered it started at 20 yrs old. Numbers 32:11 It seems to me that a boy doesn't become a man until he is 20 years old. Any input would be helpful. Thanks,