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...

#9 – Big Truths for Young Hearts (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #9Big Truths for Young Heart is the one book in my top ten that actually breaks my own rules for this list.  Unlike the other books, I have not yet read this one cover-to-cover.  I have read numerous sections in doing research for various bible studies.

This book by Dr. Bruce Ware represents a complete systematic theology work meant entirely for children.  This book includes sections covering:

  • God’s Word
  • The Trinity
  • Creation and Dominion
  • Human Nature and Sin
  • Christology
  • The Completed Work of Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Salvation
  • The Church
  • Eschatology

Each section is divided into a number smaller, kid-friendly sized, chapters. indicates this work is intended for 6-14 year olds.  That said, I’ve read chapters to both my 8-year-old and 6-year-old, and it kept their interest.  It also sparked interesting conversations dealing with the topics in each chapter.  Each chapter includes discussion questions as well as a memory verse based on the chapter.

BIg Truths for Young HeartsHere is what has to say about Big Truths for Young Hearts :

“Big Truths for Young Hearts encourages and enables parents of children 6 to14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology in an understandable, chapter-a-day format. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.

The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children’s primary faith trainers – and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.”