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...

Children's Ministry Moment #1 – Outdoor Guy


Anyone who works in Children’s Ministry knows that there are moments.  There are moments of clarity, moments of frustration, moments of humor and moments that just take you aback.  I’ve decided to start a new series on this blog to remember some of those moment.

This past Sunday, the lesson had to do with a parable told by Jesus.  In order to teach them what a parable was, we were having the kids draw a picture of their favorite story.  Some of the kids were struggling to come up with something to draw, and I was trying to help out.  I asked one little boy (age 4), do you like books?  Do your parents read to you before you go to bed?  His response qualified as a Children’s Ministry Moment and prompted me to start this series.  He told me:

“I’m not really a book person.  I’m more of an outdoors kind of guy!”

You got to love kids.  You  never know what they’re going to say!

If you go to the index page, I’ve included some earlier posts which discuss some moments that were posted before this series started.

Return to the Children’s Ministry Moments index page.