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What is DOCTRINE?

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...

Six Ways to Persevere Through the Sluggish Times in Ministry

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind – where you really aren’t “in to” what you’re doing and you feel like you rather be doing just about anything else.  What do you do when those times correspond to your time in ministry. I wrote this...

A New Definition of Family

If we are going to effectively work with and understand kids today, we have to understand what a family is. Family, after all, is a defining characteristic for all us - some for the better and some for the worse. It seems like an...

Photos: 2021-02-20 Basketball (at Harvest Prep)

    Today was kind of a bittersweet day as Lyndsey finished up her high school basketball career. While losing 48-36 in the is not the way she would have wanted to finish, she led her team in scoring again this afternoon with 13 points and well over 10 rebounds...

Photos: 2021-02-12 Basketball (at Heath)

  After two games getting cancelled earlier this week for "Covid concerns," the Lady Vikings finished up their regular season on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the Heath Bulldogs. The Vikings came up short with Heath prevailing 50-24. Lyndsey Stocks 16 of the teams 24...

On the importance of being prepared in Children’s Ministry (Children’s Ministry Moment #8)

Childrens_Ministry_MomentsSeveral weeks ago, we were teaching on the birth of Jesus as part of our December series.  More specifically, we were talking about God meeting our greatest need in sending Jesus Christ to earth.  As part of the lesson, I asked the kids to name some of their needs.  They started, of course, with physical needs like food and shelter and clothes.  Then I asked them to name some things they need which they could not touch.  The kids offered some ideas, but most of them were actually tangible things, and many weren’t needs at all.  I tried to steer them a little bit to things like love and friendship.  One little girl gave the age-old church answer “Jesus Christ.”  Of course, she was right.  That got the rest of the class started, and another shouted “God.”  I said, quite off the cuff, “that’s true, we definitely need God and Jesus Christ is God.  Great answer!”

One little boy in the class scrunched his face and proclaimed with conviction – “Jesus is not God.  He is God’s son, and if he’s God’s son, HE CANNOT BE GOD!”

That morning I learned two very valuable lessons about working in children’s ministry.  #1 – always be prepared.  I was prepared that morning to talk about Jesus.  I was prepared to talk about God.  I was even prepared to talk about Mary and Gabriel and Joseph and Bethlehem.  Heck, I was even prepared to talk about the condescension of God into human form (not in those exact terms, but I was prepared to talk about it)!  I had not planned on talking about the trinity to a bunch of five and six year olds.  Fortunately, my own son had asked me the exact same question a couple of years ago when he was six, and was somewhat prepared to answer.  I talked about the trinity.  I used the example of an egg, I was honest and explained that I did not fully understand it even though the Bible indicates that it is true.  Finally, I explained that the trinity was really an idea that humans could never fully understand until we meet God.  #2 was actually the more important lesson.  It pays to be prepared, but in those moments, we must rely on God to give us the proper words to speak to his kids!

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