Any student of mine knows I have a policy not allowing them to call me sir, but insisting they call me Richard. Richard is a good name, one suggestion of the original meaning is “strong or stern, ruler” – I like it! Can I use these verses from Matthew 23:8-12 as vindication [dictionary definition: to show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified] for my stance?

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

In case you are wondering “Gibbs” is the central character in the US tv series NCIS – my wife loves it.

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