Blog Patrol (May 19, 2009)

Welcome to “The Blog Patrol” where every week we bring you the best of the blogs related to Christianity in general with just a little emphasis on Children’s Ministry.


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last week’s Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 2-3

  • I just found this blog this week, so the stragglers includes several older posts. This one offers practical ideas for teaching 2 and 3 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Ages 4-5

  • Practical tips for working with 4 & 5 year olds.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 1 and 2

  • This article looks at advice for teaching first and second graders.

Plant a seed…Grow a Volunteer

  • This article offers 77 bits of insight related to recruiting and working with volunteers.

Tuesday (May 12, 2009)

Four Points Of Attack – Your Motives

  • Perry Noble begins a series on four areas any Christian Minister/Ministry will face.

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: What Is Your Church’s Policy About Baptizing Children?

Building Faith Skills in Kids (5 of 5)

  • In this final installment of this series, Jabberfrog looks at the skill of giving to God.

#69 Saving Seats at Church

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this is actually an older post revisited, but I liked #7 in the list so much that I decided to include it in this week’s Blog Patrol.

Preaching the Sermon on the Mount from Memory

  • In this article, Trevin Wax challenges Pastors to preach large sections of Scripture from memory.

Complaining: A Rejection of God

  • From Charlie Wallace, this article on complaining starts “Ironically, parents complain that one of the areas of parenting that is most frustrating to them is when their children complain.”

Moore: “The Devil Votes Christian Values”

  • From Between Two Worlds, this is a transcription of a sermon preached by Dr. Russell Moore in which he looks at how the Devil tries to usurp the power of the Gospel. I have not read the transcript but listened to the sermon several weeks ago. It is well worth a read and a listen!

Wednesday (May 13, 2009)

Why I Am a Calvinist (And a Lot of Other Christians Are, Too)

  • Kevin DeYoung looks at the movement called the “New Calvinism” and why it is neither new or about John Calvin!

#539 Doubting Doubt

  • Stuff Christian’s like looks at doubt in the Christian life.

The 4 Jobs of a Small Group Leader (4 of 4)

  • This final installment of the series on the jobs of small group leaders looks at spiritual application/implication.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 3 and 4

  • This article is a continuation of the series which offers practical advice for teaching kids in third and fourth grades.

Four Points Of Attack (Part 2) – Your Doctrine

  • In this second installment of his series on attacks on Christian Ministry, Perry Noble looks at attacks on your doctrine.

Epiphanius on Christian Books

  • This one is short, but it made me feel better about the books I’ve bought but not gotten around to reading yet.

Thursday (May 14, 2009)

Tripp on Using Threats and Rewards to Motivate Obedience

  • From Desiring God, this article based on an interview with Tedd Tripp looks at using threats and rewards in raising kids. As many of you know, I am currently working through a detailed synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.Check it out here!

Four Points Of Attack (Part Three) – Your Leadership Style

  • In this third part of his series, Perry Noble looks at attacks on your leadership style in Christian Ministry.

What do you mean by preaching?

  • JD Greear looks at John Piper’s definition of preaching.

The Differences Between Religion And The Gospel

  • A look at the differences between religion and the true gospel based on the sermons of Tim Keller.

Friday (May 15, 2009)

1/168: Children’s Ministry Hours Per Week

  • This article looks at the ratio of time kids spend at church compared to the amount of time they spend with parents. The implication is obvious.

#541 Making an Idol Out of Sports

  • A slightly different look at the idolization of sports in our culture. Make sure you read long enough to get down to the questions to see whether this is an issue in your life. And, yes, I’m pretty sure the Devil wears a Redskins jersey. 

Top 5 Worst Illustrations of ALL Time (let’s retire them)

  • James McDonald looks at the top five worst illustrations of Christendom.

Four Points Of Attack (Part Four) – Your Ministry Methods

  • In this last installment of his series, Perry Noble looks at attacks on your methods.

Proverbs 31 Written on the Heart

  • Jeff Robinson reports on a Wall Street Journal article about career-minded women whose goals and aspirations change once they have kids.

Hints and Tips for Teaching Grades 5 and 6

  • This article is a continuation of the series which offers practical advice for teaching kids in fifth and sixth grades.

Saturday (May 16, 2009)

Man “Debunks” His Own Birth

  • This one is funny and sounds eerily familiar in its arguments.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

  • Tim Challies review this D.A. Carson book on the doctrine of the love of God.

Sunday (May 17, 2009)

Why a Cross?

  • Alvin Reid asks the question of why Jesus died on a cross as opposed to some other means and why it has become a Christian symbol.

Monday (May 18, 2009)

Childhood Bullies: What The Church Can Do

  • In her continuing series on bullies, Karen Wingate looks at what role the church can play.

Recipe for the Perfect Child

  • Jabberfrog examines the need to avoid “recipes for success” when it comes to raising Christian kids.

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