The Signs of True and False Teachers (Tues, Jan. 24)

The word of the day is “teachers.”  To grow in the faith and life of Christ, we need teachers to nurture and guide us.  But the scriptures repeatedly warn of false teachers that are like wolves among us, the sheep.  How do we know that we have genuine teachers who will nourish us with the word of life? In today’s reading of James 3:1-10, the apostle writes, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (OSB vs. 1).  From this short apostolic counsel, we will derive some signs of dependable instructors. True Teachers Are Not Self-Appointed First, we learn from our reading that authentic instructors should not be self-appointed.  James writes, “Let not many of you…” (OSB vs. 1).…

The Signs of True and False Teachers (Tues, Jan. 17)

The word of the day is “teachers.”  To grow in the faith and life of Christ, we need teachers to nurture and guide us.  But the scriptures warn repeatedly of false teachers that are like wolves among us, the sheep.  How do we know that we have genuine teachers who will nourish us with the Word of life? In today’s reading of James 3:1-10, the apostle writes, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment (OSB vs. 1).  From this short apostolic counsel, we will derive some signs of dependable instructors. True Teachers Are Not Self-Appointed First, we learn from our reading that authentic instructors should not be self-appointed.  James writes, “Let not many of you…” (OSB vs.…