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...

How Many People Were On That Boat? (Children's Ministry Moment #5)


As I was working through memory verses and the AWANA book with my six-year old daughter last night, one of the questions required them to retell a story that they had heard in AWANA. I asked what they had talked about this week. My daughter racked her brain for a few seconds then explained that they had talked about “that buy” but she couldn’t remember his name.  After more pondering, she said, “You know the guy with the boat.”

Trying to be helpful, I offered “Noah.”

She said, and I quote “Yeah, Noah, the guy who saved all those people with his boat.”

I gently corrected, “No, there were only eight people on the ark.”

She replied, “No, you remember from the movie?  He saved all those people with his boat.”

Now it was my turn to be loss for just a moment until I realized that she was talking about the movie Evan Almighty.  From there, I reminded her about the whole story of Noah and how God, by grace, chose Noah and his family as the only people on earth to save.  Our conversation served three purposes.  First, it gave me another chance to explain the differences between fact and fiction and retell the real Biblical story of Noah.  Secondly, it reminded me that I need to be more diligent about correcting Biblical error when I see it.  I don’t think there was anything wrong with them watching the movie, but I failed in my role to point out at the time that this was fiction as opposed to the true account given by God.  Finally, it flamed the fire for me on an issue that is near and dear to my heart.  I think in our culture we have tried do hard to make the stories of the Bible kid friendly to compete with other children’s literature, that we have muddied the difference between fact and fiction and reduced Biblical truth to the same level as the story of Shrek or Nemo in kids’ eyes!

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