Blog Patrol (June 30, 2009)



The Blog Patrol is now three months old, and I have had a great time putting together every week. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found a lot of great blogs out there, and I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. So…I’m changing it up.  The truth is, this one weekly entry takes up a large chunk of my time. That time is starting to take away from my priorities in life…my God, my family and my ministry to kids. So, I’ve decided, at least temporarily to change things. Going forward, The Blog Patrol will be a monthly series rather than weekly. I can’t promise how soon after the end of each month I will get it out, but I am going to do my best. Also, over the last several months, The Blog Patrol has become increasingly focus on the issues of children’s ministry, kids and parenting. Without intending it, my love and God’s will for my life has had a significant impact on this series. So, I’ve decided for the time being I will be limited the monthly Blog Patrol to articles related primarily to those three topics. I still follow a lot of other non-Children’s Ministry related blogs, and if I see something particularly appealing, I will be sure to pass that along. So, with that out of the way, let’s get on to the last weekly installment of the Blog Patrol. By the way, if you have any feedback about the change in format, I would love to hear about it. Enjoy!

Since last week was dedicated to articles about parenting, kids, and children’s ministry in honor of Father’s Day, there are a lot of stragglers this week. I tried to limit it to the “best of the best!”


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!

How Much Of What We Believe Is From The Bible?

  • This articles asks the pressing question, are there doctrines you hold fast to that are not actually in the Bible. May favorite is, “God helps those who help themselves.” I’ve looked – it’s not in there!

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

  • Bruce Ashford’s series on reading continues with this article with tips for getting the most out of what you choose to read.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

  • I didn’t want to leave you hanging on this series. In this installment, Bruce Ashford looks at other benefits of reading.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

  • In this article subtitled “12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness,” John Piper looks at warning signs that your desire is turning into covetous idolatry.

8 Traits of Effective Church Leaders

  • Thomas Rainer looks at 8 qualities that are necessary to be an effective leader in a church.

On Disciplined Reading (Pt. 5): Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

  • In this final post in his Disciplined Reading Series, Bruce Ashford addersses some of the questions he received while writing this series.

On Disciplined Reading

  • I love a bulleted summary, and Between Two Worlds offers this bulleted summary of the points raised by Bruce Ashford in his series on reading that we’ve been following here on the Blog Patrol!

Ohio: The state of tightrope walkers and acrobats

  • Being from Ohio, I felt morally bound to add this article to The Blog Patrol. I’d love to meet the collective genius that came up with this tourism plan! 

How much do you matter?

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, Kenny looks at 11 reasons you matter if you work in Children’s Ministry.

Twitter thought

  • In this short post, David Wakerly offers a unique twist on how to think of Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (June 23, 2009)

God And Frustration

  • I love stories about parents learning about God through their kids. Perhaps it is because God worked through my kids to bring me to him in the first place. In this article, Perry Noble shares a story about his kids.

Should Christians Tell Their Children about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny?

  • The title alone should be enough to get you to read this article.

Faith development of a child: Episode 1

  • From Children’s Ministry Online, this short series on childhood faith development.

What Do We Teach Children about Worship?

  • This article looks at what we teach our kids about worshipping God through our actions and attitudes.

“God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible”: a book review

  • Adam Flynt reviews this young girls devotional that my six year old daughter and I are reading through right now.

Wednesday (June 24, 2009)

Faith development of a child: Episode 2

  • Children’s Ministry Online continues this series on childhood faith development.

Getting along with grown-ups – Part 1

  • From Orange Leaders, Jim Wideman begins a series on how to get along with adults from a Children’s Ministry perspective.

#566. Discounting our small steps toward stupid.

  • Stuff Christians Like looks at the small steps we take in our spiritual journey that lead us away from God.

I hate divorce.

  • Michael Chanley shares why he hates divorce. I big chunk of the reason appears to be the impact it has on kids!

I LOVE the Truth!!!!!!! I Looooveeee!!!!!!!! It 🙂

  • James McDonald leaves know doubt about how he feels about God’s Word in this post.

Family Discipleship In The Summertime

  • From, Jeri Tanner examines four ways to continue family discipleship throughout the summer.

Is “Fatherhood” a Dying Institution?

  • Phil Vischer, of Veggietales and Jelly Telly, asks about the status of fatherhood in today’s society.

Thursday (June 25, 2009)

#566. Opening Your Eyes In Church When They’re Supposed to Be Shut.

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this article asks which one of these people are you during prayer time?

Rewards & Bribes

  • CM Buzz looks at the difference between rewards and bribes in Children’s Ministry.

Getting along with grown-ups – Part 2

  • From Orange Leaders, Jim Wideman continued his series on how to get along with adults from a Children’s Ministry perspective.

The Highest Goal of Relationships

  • This article looks at the goal of formation of Christ in relationships.

I Like What the Bible Teaches

  • Kevin DeYoung explains why Christians shouldn’t just believe the Bible – they should love it!

Struggles With CM Discipline

  • CM Monthly offers three bits of advice on dealing with discipline in Children’s Ministry.

Impact for a Lifetime?

  • Children’s examines how we view the opportunity in our Children’s Ministry.

Friday (June 26, 2009)

Children’s Sermons In A Sack

  • I love this idea for Children’s Ministry from Kristin Charles. It sounds like it would be fun for the kids and challenging for the teachers!

Getting along with grown-ups – Part 3

  • From Orange Leaders, Jim Wideman continued his series on how to get along with adults from a Children’s Ministry perspective.

Growing Kids in Grace

  • From Sojourn Kids, Pat Aldridge looks at two ways to build a passion for God in our kids.

What is Good? Guard Your Heart! Love What is Truly Good

  • From Shepherd Press, this article look at the importance of guarding our hearts in staying faithful.

Is It Possible To Stay Pure Anymore?

  • Clayton King looks at the dangers of infidelity and the problem with be overly judgmental.

Christians Do Not Need to Make Promises

  • A look at the importance of language in the Christian life.

Twenty More Ideas for Summer Family Fun…

  • Jots & Tittles offers 20 more great ideas for family fun this summer.

Saturday (June 27, 2009)

The Future

  • Evan Doyle offers up five ways to prepare kids for the future.

Brainstorming Rules

  • Matthew Guevara looks at five rules for brainstorming .

Family Ministry – Part 5 (Last One)

  • Anchor Children’s Ministry looks at whether or not your church should start a family ministry.

Sunday (June 28, 2009)

Going Through the Motions: When Religion Becomes More Important than Faith

  • With reference to one of my current favorite songs (Matthew West’s “Going Through the Motions”), this article looks at the importance of faith over religion.

Patterns in the Lawn

  • Gina McClain asks is we love our neighbors, and our God, as much as we love our lawns.

Earn your position

  • David Wakerly encourages those who find themselves in positions of leadership to earn the positions they have been given. He offers a list of qualities that remarkable leaders must have.

Looks Like a Binkey

  • Kidologist Karl Bastian explains what his son Luke thought of the new design of

Monday (June 29, 2009)

Pitfalls of Kids Ministry: Theology: Story vs. Fact

  • Sam Luce reminds us that we must teach the Bible as more than just a story book. It is a supernatural book fo history!

Manage That Time

  • In this post, David Wakerly offers a link to a great and practical article on how to manage and balance your time better.

Faith development of a child: Episode 3

  • Children’s Ministry Online continues this series on childhood faith development.

Looking for A Few Good Men

  • CM Buzz explores the lack of men volunteering in Children’s Ministry.

The Christian T-Shirt Hall of Shame

  • This article looks at some of the cheesiest of cheesy Christian T-Shirts.

Look Out For Boasting

  • This article from CapCity Kidz warns parents about kids and boasting.

Tuesday (June 30, 2009)

Faith development of a child: Episode 4

  • Children’s Ministry Online continues this series on childhood faith development.

The Cure for Jealousy

  • The Orange Leaders blog looks at a simple cure for jealousy.

How To Help Kids Memorize The Bible

  • Tony Kummer offers up a link to a post with practical tips for teaching kids how to memorize scripture.

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