This is the Happy Birthday to the Ministry-To-Children.com blog. They turned two this week. The terrible twos – I can’t wait to see what that brings! Seriously though, when it was just Tony writing over there the sight showed up regularly in the Blog Patrol. Now that they have a slew of talented writers, I have to force myself not to include all of their blog posts. Anyone in children’s ministry or interested in children’s ministry should definitely add Ministry-To-Children to their favorites and their blog reader. That said, here is a rundown of this week’s favorite blog posts (and, yes, there are a lot from Ministry-To-Children.com).
These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!
- This article from Owen Strachan looks a a growing trend in parenting in today’s society.
- Brent Weber asks the question “How do you make worship something kids look forward to instead of something they dread?”
Tuesday (June 2, 2009)
- I went to see the movie Up with my eight-year-old last Friday. It’s a good movie. This article looks at how you can use the movie in your Children’s Ministry.
- Tony Kummer from Ministry-to-Children.com summarizes a thread from cmconnect.org that looks at some real world requirements for working in children’s ministry.
- Ryan Frank offers up ten things that a new person in Children’s Ministry should focus on in their first twelve months.
Wednesday (June 3, 2009)
- This article from Brenna Phillips struck me because my six-year-old girl is a bit of a math wiz!
- This article from Gary Oliver looks at six habits to develop for arguing is a healthy way with your spouse.
- Gina McClain offers a short post with five things every leader should do to build teams.
- From Ministry-to-Children.com, Tony Kummer reminds us that the gospel must be central even in, perhaps especially in, Children’s Ministry.
- This article looks at the danger of observing culture and thinking that we are not subject to it or immune from it.
- Jon Bloom from DesiringGod.org offers this article that explores the idea that “The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts.”
- This article offers 15 useful sources for researching biblical passages. While there is nothing in the article that isn’t fairly well known, it offers a nice concise listing of research aids.
Thursday (June 4, 2009)
- Tony Kummer looks at the benefits of building trust in your volunteers as well as the benefits of such trust.
- For fans of Veggietales and JellyTelly, Phil Vischer offers an update on what he’s up to.
- This article looks at the use of foul language, especially by preachers, as a form of laziness.
- I enjoy listening to Russell Moore’s sermons on my ipod. I have always liked that they “stand out of reverence for the reading of God’s Word.” In this article, Dr. Moore looks at why he employs the process.
- Albert Mohler recently did a program based on the fact that the average teenager sends over 2,000 text messages a month. This articles looks at what the 10 Commandments may have looked if God had sent them by text message rather than carving them in stone.
- From Jeri Tanner at Ministry-to-Children.com, this article looks at biblical guidance on two things every child should be taught.
Friday (June 5, 2009)
- This article offers a test for determining whether you are engaging in “not very Christian” behavior.
- This article looks at why silence may be the best, and most biblical, option.
- Gerald Hiestand concludes his article on Biblical gender roles.
- Clayton King offers this article on the usefulness of one of the shortest words in the English language.
- James MacDonald looks at the biblical evidence for why weariness is actually a sin. This is a thought provoking post.
- This exegesis of one of my favorite Bible verses from Steven Camp includes commentary from well known Christian scholars.
Saturday (June 6, 2009)
- In this third installment of the Children’s Ministry Think Tank, several Children’s Ministry workers look at their churches practice related to baby dedication. I enjoy this series so much, and commend it to everyone who works in Children’s Ministry, that I wrote this post about it!
Sunday (June 7, 2009)
- Jared Kennedy didn’t quite get his thoughts in on time for the latest installment of Children’s Ministry Think Tank. So, he offers his thoughts on his blog.
- Jeri Tanner from Ministry-to-Children.com offers five ways to get children to pray.
Monday (June 8, 2009)
- This article looks at Dan Scott’s reevaluation of some frequently used terms in bringing kids to salvation.
- From Free CM Stuff, this article links to free charts from Rose publishing. I have several books of charts from Rose Publishing and love the work they do. I would encourage you to sign up for the free e-mail.
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