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Hello, I am the Substitute Teacher for Today…

“Hello, my name is Kevin Bounds, and I will be your substitute teacher today.”

Okay, to be honest, I never thought my vocal chords would ever vibrate to the rhythm of those words! However, God has a funny way of surprising us, doesn’t He? Today, I experienced one of those “I never thought I would have this experience” moments.

After receiving a call from Citizens Christian Academy, I wondered what a pastor with a Bible and theology degree would have to offer a High School literature class. Also, what would the student be like? (Oh, no! Would I reap the fruit from seeds sown in my past for being a torment to subs in my formative years?)

To my surprise, I quickly learned the 11th-grade class was reading one of my favorite novels, which I read in Mr. Starbuck’s English class years ago. A book about Greasers, Socs, switchblades, and Corvairs. Yes, it was S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. In fact, this brush with High School literature makes me what to reread Ponyboy’s story.

Next, in the 9th-grade class, we looked at Ralph Waldo Emerson and transcendentalist literature. Yes! Of course, I know I am running the risk of revealing my inner nerd, but I thoroughly enjoyed this topic! Although this was a literature class, I got to share a bit of Emerson’s theological presuppositions that informed his writing.

All in all, it was a great experience. The kids in my class were well behaved and respectful. I realized, people had instilled in these teens good Christian morals, character, and the importance of pursuing a solid education. Honestly, I am looking forward to returning tomorrow.

Have you ever had an “I never thought I would have this experience” moment? I would love to hear it. Or maybe you’re a proud CCA Alumni or parent, please feel free to comment below and share.


K.W. Bounds
K.W. Bounds

Kevin W. Bounds graduated summa cum laude from Lee University. A pastor and writer, he lives in South Georgia with his wife and two children.

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