(And yes, that title ends with a preposition.) There are many things for which I was extremely grateful when I came to Faith Bible Seminary in fall of 2010. I was thankful for a church that would give so sacrificially as to make it possible for me to go to seminary for free. I was… Read More»
Recently, I heard something from a seasoned Christian that surprised me, yet made total sense. He said that, of all his years as a Christian, the one area of his walk with God that has consistently been the greatest struggle is prayer. It made sense to me because prayer is an area that I struggle… Read More»
Growing up in suburbia, I’ve never been a fan of cities. In fact, they make me feel claustrophobic. Cities are often places with higher crime rates, heightened materialism, and a faster rate of decay of traditional morality. Unlike suburbs, they force you to rub shoulders with those around you, whether you want to or not…. Read More»
Every other month I do this thing called “Ask the Pastor.” Kids have the opportunity to write down questions about the Bible, and I do my best to point them to the Bible’s answers. Every month, some of the same fundamental questions pop up. Years ago, kids would have memorized the answers to some of these questions as their family and church taught them a catechism. Is it time to give catechism another look?
We think a lot about “giving thanks” this time of year. But did you know that the Israelites of the Old Testament had no word for “thanks” in their language? There’s a word that gets translated “thanks” in our Bibles, but that word is never used between two people—only between a person and God. Now,… Read More»
Recently, a mailman in Lafayette delivered a letter to our church that had been addressed to God. A letter like that demands some kind of response when it comes across your desk, doesn’t it? But how do you respond to something like that?
If you haven’t heard of the new Hunger Games movie, you’ve probably been on a desert island for the last few weeks. It’s the latest Hollywood hit; the newest junior-high buzz; and parents’ most recent hurdle. Considering the theme of the movie—a sort of giant, teenage gladiatorial battle—it shouldn’t be surprising that even non-Christian parents are raising a cry of concern on the web. Help your child develop discernment in making entertainment choices and in responding to the choices of others.
What’s a parent to do with the Easter bunny? How on earth did it end up at the foot of the cross of Christ? This post explains some of the origins of Easter’s symbols and provides some suggestions for talking to kids about them.
Our church uses a Sunday-school curriculum that works its way chronologically through the Bible in three years. There are tremendous positives to this approach. There are also some challenges. Like this one: you’re flipping through your teacher book, and you discover that you’re coming up on the book of Leviticus. Agh! Choke! Gag! REALLY? How… Read More»
If we’re not intentional in the ways we use the time we have with our students, we’ll miss opportunities to make a deep impression on their lives. Here are a few principles to help you make the most of your classtime.