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…

Discouraging People

God’s people had been suffering in captivity for about 90 years.  A new generation was given the opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of the LORD.  It was an awesome task that would take great strength and courage.  The Promised Land was infested with their enemies, adding to the difficulty.  Look at…

Is the Church Unbalanced?

In a recent interview, Pope Francis said that the Roman Catholic Church had become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception, so he has chosen not to talk about those issues in the first months of his papacy.  He also criticized the Church for putting dogma before love and for prioritizing moral doctrines over serving…

Just a Piece of the Bigger Kingdom Puzzle

It was a joy to travel to Huntsville, Alabama with my wife this past weekend to conduct a teacher training at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA).  They are one of our latest churches to fully implement OSM’s Sunday School curriculum.  It was great to be able to encourage them in the Biblical foundations of the Christian…

Are People Really Less Committed Today?

Those of us who make our living in full-time church ministry regularly lament that people are less committed today than they were in the past.  It seems much harder to find people who will commit to teaching Sunday School (for more than a few months at a time), serve on a committee, lead a ministry…

Are You Really Welcoming Children?

46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who…

Is Your Church Keeping You Too Busy?

As a longtime church staff member, I have been both overtly and much more subtly accused of being part of a modern church system which just keeps busy people even busier.  The local church, these folks would say, offers too many activities which fill our evenings and weekends and thereby take away from essential family…

Your Kids Don’t Belong to You?

In a recent promo for public education, professor of political science at Tulane University and MSNBC host, Melissa Harris-Perry, stated the following: “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.  Once it’s everyone’s…

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

There appears to be a growing concern among researchers that our obsession with sports (at least in America) has moved it from “recreation” status of yesteryear to that of “folk religion” today.  If that’s true, then it makes sense that the Christian Church as a whole (as well as local churches) would be greatly affected….

What’s in a Name? (part 2)

You don’t have to read very far in the Old Testament to learn the importance of names.  Adam’s name for his wife certainly summed up her role as the “mother of all the living.” Jacob’s name captured a theme of much of his life, until God graciously changed it to Israel.  And, most importantly, the…