After spending over 20 years in college athletics as a student athlete, coach, and chaplain as well as serving two churches as senior pastor, Dr. David Reid joined our MGCS family this fall to teach 8th grade Bible. His wife Carrie teaches 5th grade at MGCS. They have five children. Here Dr. Reid shares a little bit about some big questions that shaped his journey…
My goal for teaching hasn’t changed since my early days in ministry and seems to be just as, if not more, important in today’s culture. My goal is to train students to think critically about truth. In a culture where information is at the tip of one’s fingers, and everyone’s truth is to be tolerated, students need to learn to decipher truth from falsehood.
I want my students to learn from the Bible and to think critically about it. I work to prepare students to answer big, important questions like:
- Is the Bible as true today as it was when it was written?
- Does it still have the same accuracy that it did when it was originally written?
- Are the claims in the Bible about Jesus true and accurate?
- If these claims are true, how are we to live today?
In college I was confronted with my own questions and my answers shaped much of my adult life. I grew up attending a Christian school and was very involved in a local church. One day in college, a curious question came to mind; “Why do you believe what you believe? Is it because your parents and your pastor told you that was true or because you know that it is true?” I realized that it was the latter and this began my lifelong journey to seek truth and to fully understand what I believe and why I believe it.
This incredible journey produced my passion to help people discover truth for themselves and to learn more and more about absolute truth. I work to instill this passion in my students and to teach them that the Christian worldview is not just true, but that it is indeed the way that God has created for us to have life and to have it abundantly.