Please Vote in the First Ever Bible Awards

We are pleased to announce, in conjunction with Living Outside the Boat, the first ever listener voted Bible Awards. Please take two minutes to vote for your favorites in each category (or add your own). Voting has been extended to next Monday, June 16 at 5:00 PM EST. Thanks for your help! Results will be announced on the Living Outside the Boat podcast next Wednesday, June 21, 2014.

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What is THEOLOGY? (Dabbling in Doctrine)


DEFINITION: The Study of God as He has revealed Himself in scripture and Jesus Christ.

EXPLANATION: God is so big and so great and so awesome that we will never fully understand Him. God has chosen to tell us certain things about Himself in the Bible. When we study what the Bible has to say about God that is called Theology.


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What is DOCTRINE? (Dabbling In Doctrine)


DEFINITION: DOCTRINE means teaching or instruction. When people are talking about the Bible or the Church, DOCTRINE refers to those things which are taught in the Bible.

EXPLANATION: When people talk about Doctrine they mean those truths that are taught in the Bible and are always true.  For example, a math book might teach you that 2 + 2 equals 4. In the same way, the Bible teaches us that Christ died for our sins. That is DOCTRINE.


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Dabbling in Doctrine

Dabbling in Doctrine LogoWelcome to a brand new series here on Dad in the Middle. We’re calling it “Dabbling in Doctrine.”  For the last few years, I have been slowly compiling a dictionary of doctrine and theology written for kids and teens. It is still a work in process. I hope to complete it some day and make it available for public use, but in the meantime I thought I would pick some of the terms out of the list of 500+ items and explore them a little bit more here on Dad in the Middle.

One of my greatest joys in working with kids is teaching them about the deeper things of God. The purpose of this series is to introduce kids, and teens, to the idea of doctrine and theological terms in way that you can use on Sunday mornings or with your own kids any day of the week. While we will do a little more than just dabble, this series is not meant to be an exhaustive look at each term. If your kids are interested in doing that, kudos to you, and give me a call! I want to know your secret!

Each entry in this series might look a little bit different as we seek to find ways to make difficult concepts and terminology accessible and memorable to kids and teens. Each entry will include the term we are exploring and what I hope is a kid friendly (but by no means “dumbed down”) definition of that term.  Where applicable, we will also explore selected scriptures related to the term we are defining and additional scriptures if you want to dig deeper on your own. For some terms, we will talk about why it is important to understand the idea and even offer some ideas on how to help kids understand the topic better.  I welcome you leave comments with your own ideas for helping kids to understand the word or to let me know where there are issues with the definition presented.

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Introducing the Living Outside the Boat Podcast

Living Outside the Boat Square LogoI am pleased to announce a brand new project called “Living Outside the Boat.”  Living Outside the Boat is a brand new podcast featuring myself and Jared Massey discussing issues and topics raised by the things going on in the world around us.  While the podcast will be largely driven by current events, the discussion will focus on the broader issues raised by those events.  The podcast is dedicated to open and honest conversation from a Christian worldview, and we are excited to get started.  Jared and I both believe that there are too many topics that too many Christians are either intimidated by, afraid to talk about or just don’t spend enough time thinking about.  We hope to address many of those issues on the show.  While we don’t have set topics planned for each show, we envision talking about thinks like Christian doubts, the intersection of science and faith, the us vs. them mentality, the perception of Christians in popular culture, topics considered “taboo” by many churches and much more.

Our very first podcast was recorded a couple of days ago and goes live today (February 19, 2014).  Once it’s posted, you will be able to find the podcast at  If you don’t find the podcast the first time you click over, make sure to check back later in the day.

You can also find us on Facebook at where we encourage you to engage in the conversation.  You can find us on twitter at @OutsideTheBoat.

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Non-Negotiable #6: Personal Growth

growthWelcome back to the Non-Negotiables series.  In this series, we are examining a variety of things which you must make time for in your life regardless of how busy you think you are.  Whether you are a full-time children’s pastor, a bi-vocational children’s pastor or a volunteer, these are the things that must remain top priorities in your life.  So far in this series, we have looked at:

  • An Introduction to the Series
  • Prayer
  • Time in God’s Word
  • Church
  • Your Spouse
  • Your Children

There is one thing noticeably missing from our list thus far.  It’s you! It’s you!  How much time do you spend on yourself?

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