Entertainment Now, Sound Doctrine Later?

I was recently speaking with a member of a church who recently joined their children’s ministry committee.  Her church uses a broadly evangelical Children’s Sunday School curriculum, focused more on fun and fluff than the sound teaching of Scripture.  So, she recommended to the committee that they take a look at our One Story Ministries materials.  The…

When the Selfie Obsession Would Come to a Screeching Halt

Do you think the inventor of the forward-facing cell phone camera imagined the “selfie” craze of the past decade?  If he (or she) knew anything about human nature, this obsession with taking and posting endless pictures of ourselves was clearly predictable.  What else would I want to do with a camera on my phone?  And,…

Teach your Children the Twelve Truths of Christmas

Our children learn a whole lot about life during the Christmas season.  They learn how to indulge themselves.  They learn how to be demanding and self-centered.  They learn works-righteousness from Santa (Good=presents; Bad=lump of coal).  They learn that getting new stuff equals happiness. They learn the secret of discontentment.  They learn that our American economy…

Ordinary Children’s Ministry

Ordinary. Adjective. The opposite of exciting.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?  Why in the world would we want to be a part of anything ordinary?  The last thing we want in our church is just a plain old, ordinary, boring children’s ministry!  After all, we live in an age where most people expect–even demand–events…

Longing for Diversity? Reach your Disability Community

If you looked out from the pulpit in our church sanctuary on any given Sunday morning, what would you see?  Hopefully, faces of people who love Jesus and are joyful worshipers of the God!  Yet, if you focused primarily on skin color, you would see about 96% Caucasian, and the rest a smattering of Africans-Americans,…

Tinkering around in Children’s Ministry

Our pastor used a true story about the great American automobile giant, Henry Ford, as a helpful sermon illustration.  Naturally, I thought of how it applies to Children’s Ministry as well as raising children in general.  Here’s the story… There is a wonderful story of Henry Ford and Charlie Steinmetz. Steinmetz had one of the…

Facing the Falsehood of Fake News

True or false? There was once a time where you could fully trust that the news on TV, radio, and in print was all completely true.  False!  But with the recent overuse of the term “fake news,” one could easily get the impression that this is a totally new phenomenon.  News networks, social media sites, and…

On Presidential Inaugurations and True Unity

The world has just witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America.  Much of the commentary surrounding this historic event has highlighted how the supposed “united” America is more divided than ever, creating the need for the new President to unite this country.  Competing throngs of supporters and protesters seem to bear this…

Increasing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not the normal human heart condition.  If newborn babies could talk, they would not immediately give thanks to God for giving them life.  They would not offer up praise to their parents for all the amazing food, toys, shelter, and onesies.  As these youngsters grow up, parents fight the constant battle of grumbling, whining, complaining,…

Seminaries for Children

Seminaries for children?  That sounds like cruel and unusual punishment–almost child abuse!  First graders poring over Greek and Hebrew verb tenses.  Kindergartners subjected to medieval church history and systematic theology.  Second graders forced to preach on the circuit and visit the sick.  How is a seminary any place for a child?  By definition it’s a…

Back to Basics: Teaching Children about Sinful Desire

One of Satan’s most devious strategies is to convince people that today’s issues are just too complex to determine whether something is right or wrong, truth or error.  This includes explaining human behavior, which secular professionals have worked overtime to establish as overly complicated.  We are all meant to throw up our hands and surrender our…

Welcoming Children with Special Needs into Corporate Worship

On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer that we would welcome children with special needs to the regular worship of God’s people.  Don’t we want all men and women, boys and girls to be included in the community of worshipers?  Isn’t this what Christianity is all about?  But when we dig a bit deeper,…