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…

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…

Grieving Forbidden

We are edging ever so close to living in a world where grieving is forbidden–if the modern mental health establishment has anything to say about it.  While that may sound wildly paranoid to you, consider the historic changes to the DSM (the diagnostic manual for mental health professionals) reviewed in a recent article in USA…