Delighted that the Baptist Times has published my article on how a French teacher can serve God. This is an introduction to the issues of dualism, worldviews, consumerism and serving God outside the sphere of the local church.

Years ago when I lived in Bristol I was chatting to Susan in church after the service. Susan is a delightful person, warm, friendly and brilliant with the teenagers. I began to probe her about her job as a French teacher. I asked her how her Christian faith had impacted the way she taught her subject.

She looked at me with thinly disguised disdain. “It has nothing to do with my faith. I just teach French. Church is in the religious box and French is in the secular box.”

I thought I needed to challenge this popular but unhelpful dualism. Call me old-fashioned if you like.

Read the full article on the Baptist Times website.

Mark Roques

Mark Roques

Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Education at Prior Park College, Bath, for many years. As Director of RealityBites he has developed a rich range of resources for youth workers and teachers. He has spoken at conferences in the UK, Holland, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a lively storyteller and the author of four books, including The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails: Creative Ways of Talking about Christian Faith. His work is focused on storytelling and how this can help us to communicate the Christian faith. He has written many articles for the Baptist Times, RE Today, Youthscape, Direction magazine and the Christian Teachers Journal.