I've heard it said that teaching children takes more effort than teaching adults, because you need to make complicated ideas comprehendible and that's a skill that takes a lot of work. That's why when I saw that Patricia Weerakoon had written books for parents to read with children, I couldn't help but be curious about … Continue reading Review: Birds & Bees By The Book
Modesty is a buzzword in the Christian community, and it has been for a while. Nights at youth group have been dedicated to teaching girls to dress in a way that doesn't tempt the boys, and quiet words are spoken to those whose dress could cause one to stumble. I want to affirm that we … Continue reading Of Conversations & Modesty.
Most kids who have grown up in church can tell you the stories of the Old Testament heroes. They can tell you that David took down Goliath, they may even be able to explain the plight of Job to you, and they can definitely tell you about Noah and his ark. They can tell you … Continue reading Why You Should Stop Telling Stories in Kid’s Ministry
As a teenager one of the bands I loved was Between The Trees. Their music had a raw feeling to it. Emotions poured out through words and music that connected with me before I gave my life to Jesus, and even more so after. Until this year, though, I didn't really understand what their name … Continue reading Life Between The Trees
I love People of the Second Chance. They're releasing a series of confronting photos about label makers, and defying the labels others & ourselves give... those that lie. Check out their campaign. You won't regret it. "Worthless," he tells himself. "Unlovable." he thinks when he looks in the mirror. Labels - lies - that others … Continue reading His Label Lies.
Tonight I had the privilege of praying with children. It was something I was dreading a little, because I'm tired and worn down from the flu. I went to church tonight, anyway, because looking after children can't be that big of a deal, right? Oh, how wrong I can be. It is a big deal. But, mostly, … Continue reading Prayer with Kids
This is a college assessment I wrote, which is why it's longer than normal, but I thought it was worth sharing. As divorce rates rise, our idea of family is shifting. No longer will a church be full of nuclear families with very little variation, but congregations are now full of a myriad of families … Continue reading Stories, Families and God.