The Greatest of These

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John 15:12

12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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The Greatest of These

“The Greatest of These” is episode #64 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on March 4, 1989.


Robyn Jacobs struggles with her struggling school partner: Oscar Peterson.



Robyn Jacobs is madder than a wet hen. The focus of her anger? Oscar Peterson. She tells Whit that not only did Oscar lose a spelling bee for her team at school (thus creating extra homework for them that night), but Robyn has also been paired with Oscar for the upcoming science fair! Robyn believes that their project will be an absolute disaster.

Whit tells Robyn to calm down. When Oscar joins them a few moments later, Robyn is surprised to learn that Oscar has a good idea for the fair. He wants to build a working model volcano. They decide to begin gathering research, but Whit tells Robyn to go ahead without Oscar - Whit first wants Oscar to help with something.

Robyn leaves, and Whit asks Oscar to read the big menu board above the counter. Oscar tries his best, but he can't even get past the fourth word. This confirms Whit's suspicion that Oscar is dyslexic. Unfortunately, Whit doesn't get a chance to tell Robyn, and she and Oscar proceed with their science project together.

At the end of the week, they're ready to test their model volcano for Whit and Connie. It works nicely - the lava is pushed through the volcano orifices via a pump controlled by a dimmer switch, which Oscar operates. But when Robyn tells Oscar to turn the dimmer off, everything turns chaotic. The pump goes crazy, and the volcano erupts, slathering everyone in glop! Oscar turned the switch all the way on rather than off. Before Whit can stop Robyn, she chews Oscar out, almost completely sinking his fragile self-esteem.

Later, when Robyn is cleaning up the room, Whit talks to her about her outburst and reveals Oscar's dyslexia problem. Robyn says she feels terrible for Oscar. But Whit tells Robyn that her words aren't good enough. The Bible teaches us to practice agape love - unconditional love - even if people don't deserve it. Whit explains that's the kind of love Jesus had for us. Robyn sees her mistake. When Oscar pops in to help with the cleanup, Robyn apologizes and suggests that they build a newer, better volcano. Oscar agrees...and Whit smiles at agape in action.

Discussion Questions

  1. Did Robyn have a right to be angry with Oscar?
    • Explain.
  2. Do you know anyone with dyslexia?
    • If so, how would you handle working with him or her on a project?
  3. How can you practice agape love today?


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VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] In the broadcast version of this episode, while Chris is walking to the park, she is caught jaywalking. She tries to reason her way out of a ticket, but gets one anyway.

  • The model volcano sound effects were created with a generator (the pump motor), hair gel puffed through a straw into a bottle (the lava), and mud in a wastepaper basket splattered on the floor (the explosion).
  • In this episode Connie asks how Whit is feeling, and he says his throat is getting better. This suggests that this episode was supposed to air after #65: “Bad Company”, where Whit had a bad cold.
  • Whit quotes Joseph Addison to Connie. Addison was an 18th-century English essayist and the founder of the Spectator magazine.
  • This episode is included on Odyssey DVD 10.
  • This episode is very similar to the later release #531: “Teacher's Pest”, another episode about students who don't work well together completing a disastrous science project.
  • Oscar's idea for a volcano is similar to Wilson Knox's idea in #808: “No Friend Like an Old Friend”, where a young Whit is extremely unwilling to use Wilson's idea. Here, Whit encourages Robyn to do the project despite her initial aversion to it.



Robyn Jacobs: Uh huh, Mr. L-A-P-H himself.

Pamela: It ain't over 'til it's over, Robyn.
Mr. Southworth: Isn't.
Pamela: It ain't over 'til it isn't over?
Mr. Southworth: Never mind.

Connie Kendall: He even has trouble remembering stuff that should be really familiar. Like one time, we were saying the Lord's Prayer, and when we came to the last part, Oscar said, "For Thine is the kingdom and flower and the laundry forever, Amen."

John Whittaker: Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison.
Connie Kendall: Doing research is a pain in the neck. Connie Kendall.

Robyn Jacobs: Alright! Alright! Keep your shirt on!