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...

Come Ye’ Children (A Synopsis)

chs-grayCharles H. Spurgeon lived from 1834 through 1892 and is known as “The Prince of Preachers.” He was the pastor at New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years beginning in April 1854 at age tender age of 19. A prolific writer and preacher, Mr. Spurgeon authored over 3,500 sermons, numerous books, letters, and much more. He is most well known for his voluminous sermons, his commentary on the Psalms called “A Treasury of David” and his Mornings and Evenings Devotionals. Mr. Spurgeon was a master teacher, and he held a special place in his heart for children. He built an orphanage for boys and girls, promoted the teaching of God’s Word to young children, and generally held children in rather high esteem for his day and age.

At some point in his preaching career, Mr. Spurgeon wrote a small book titled “Come Ye’ Children” named after the well known scripture from Psalm 34:11. The book is subtitled “A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children” and is recognized as one of the most valuable books ever written on the subject the Christian training of Children. It has been used in seminaries since Spurgeon penned it for instructing students on the conversion of children.  In this series, we look at each of the following chapters individually:

  1. Chapter 1 – “Feed My Lambs”—How To Do It
  2. Chapter 2 – Do Not Hinder the Children
  3. Chapter 3 – The Disciples and the Mothers
  4. Chapter 4 – The Children’s Shepherd
  5. Chapter 5 – Of Such Is the Kingdom of Heaven
  6. Chapter 6 – As a Little Child
  7. Chapter 7 – Feed My Lambs
  8. Chapter 8 – The Child Timothy and His Teachers
  9. Chapter 9 – “What Mean Ye By This Service?”
  10. Chapter 10 – Samuel and His Teachers
  11. Chapter 11 – Instructions for Teachers and Parents
  12. Chapter 12 – Model Lesson for Teachers
  13. Chapter 13 – “Come, Ye Children” – Three Admonitions
  14. Chapter 14 – “Come, Ye Children”—The Psalmist’s Invitation
  15. Chapter 15 – King David’s Two Encouragements to Parents and Teachers
  16. Chapter 16 – Childhood and Holy Scripture
  17. Chapter 17 – Witnesses for God Converted in Youth
  18. Chapter 18 – Obadiah’s Early Piety
  19. Chapter 19 – Obadiah and Elijah
  20. Chapter 20 – Abijah’s “Some Good Thing”
  21. Chapter 21 – Abijah’s “Some Good Thing,”—II
  22. Chapter 22 – The Shunammite Woman’s Son
  23. Chapter 23 – The Shunammite Woman’s Son—II