To Children’s Church or not to Children’s Church

I wholeheartedly disagree with the concept of completely removing children from “regular” worship. It’s a stupid, modern idea that perpetuates what’s wrong with our sense of worship. What’s wrong with our sense of worship? By and large, we speak of worship in terms of what it means to us. Going to church makes me feel good. It reenergizes me, gets me ready for the week. That’s why we argue about worship styles and formats. We’ve…..

Just asking

It’s been annoyingly repeated too much: there is no such thing as a dumb question. I stopped believing that lie years ago! Within everything we do, there is an important task of asking questions. There is also an art of learning to ask the right questions, or the right kinds of questions. Forbes, in a recent article, offered an example of a great question. Think about looking for your next perfect job. That’s the context…..

Everything’s a fight

Most of what we argue about is more important to us than it is to God. Not that there aren’t issues that might be important to the Lord. I just don’t think we’ve figured most of those out. Let’s be honest, how much of what we argue about is more important to us than God? Sometimes we don’t even know when the original argument ended. Hatfield vs. McCoy. We’re just used to being against each…..

The gift

This weekend we had our youth group over at our house. We did all the things we would normally do at youth group. Silly game. Snacks. Coffee, too. Prayer and Bible study. Right before our Bible study and prayer, I put a gift bag on the table where we were all gathered. It was a red, shiny Christmas bag Santa brought Nathan last year. I told the group that everyone was responsible for giving everyone…..

3 steps to reading

This is a great idea! If you’re wondering how to get kids to read, it’s actually pretty simple. Have them watch adults who do. I don’t have to prove that. It’s been demonstrated forever. But here’s the more difficult question: How do you get adults to read? Parents expect their children to learn how to read the Bible, for example, but aren’t in the habit of reading it themselves. What I’ve learned is that the…..