2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

#10 – Arch Series Books (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #10Welcome to the very first installment of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  I wasn’t entirely sure where to start this series until I looked on the top of my bookshelf.  Sitting on top of another set of books are about fifty to seventy-five little paper cover books that rank among my, and my kids, favorites when it comes to Bible stories.  Over the years, we have accumulated many of the books from the Arch series.

The arch series web site can be found Concordia Publishing House. By my count, they have well over 100 different books available.  Each book tells a Bible story in unique rhyming narratives that help to make the stories more memorable for children.  In addition to being great to read to younger children, they also make excellent books for your early readers.  Space prohibits me all the books in this series, but some of my favorite books in the series include:

  • The Story of Creation
  • The First Brothers
  • Noah’s 2-By-2 Adventure
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Tried and True Job
  • Baby Jesus Is Born
  • Star of Wonder
  • When Jesus Was Born
  • He’s Risen! He’s Alive!
  • The Day Jesus Died
  • Jesus Returns to Heaven
  • Jesus Calms the Storm
  • What’s For Lunch?
  • Jesus and the Family Trip
  • The Coming of the Holy Spirit
  • Zacchaeus
  • Twelve Who Followed Jesus
  • Saul’s Conversion
  • Moses’ Dry Feet
  • The Springy, Slingy Sling
  • The Lost Coin
  • The Lord’s Prayer

Arch BooksAt roughly $2.00 – $2.50 per book (depending on where you find them), they are certainly not cost prohibitive.  This link is to The Ten Commandments on, but if you search for Arch Books, you’re certain to find a whole lot more.

Here’s what has to say about this series:

“For more than 35 years, the best-selling Arch ® Books Bible story series has captivated children. Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way children can understand and remember.”

They list the age range as 5 to 9 years old which is just about right given my experience.  I have found that kids younger than 5 will also enjoy these books!