Some definitions

GEEK OUT: (v.) Losing one’s cool when in the presence of something Cool.
COOL: (adj.) Uniquely and strikingly embodying Goodness, Truth, and Beauty (Synonyms: holy, sacred)
SPIRITUALITY: (n.) One’s way of relating to the Cool
REAL-WORLD SPIRITUALITY: (n.) Relating to Coolness as if it is actually there.

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Whatever the Hardship, Keep Rising Up!

If you haven’t been keeping up with We Make the Road With Kids, here’s something to get you back in the swing of things: You can also browse the archives for all 52 week’s worth of resources for using Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking to engage kids with the world-transforming story of the Bible. Subscribe to the weekly email list: Every Monday, get freshly updated materials for the following Sunday’s chapter of Join the Top Secret Facebook group. Join and collaborate with hundreds of other parents and teachers using these resources (and whatever else looks cool).  Since …

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Columbus Day is a Good Day

COLUMBUS DAY IS A GOOD DAY for me to remember what my people did when we arrived on these shores, to grieve with the people we did it to, to be mindful of the ways we still benefit from it, to repeal the law that made it “legal,” and to repent of the perverse religiosity that made it “holy.”

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“Kids, we love the Bible the way we love Star Wars…”

I love Star Wars because I am able to let it be what it is, instead of turning it into some kind of god. It has been hard for me to love the Bible because I have been conditioned to put it into a role it is not fit to play — a uni-vocal source of moral, historic, and scientific information which I am not allowed to think critically about. If I had to approach Star Wars that way, I’d hate Star Wars.

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Consent – Talk with your geeklings about it!

  I’m mostly focused on the “We Make the Road With Kids” project right now, but one of the next places I want to go with this blog is to talk about Geeks and Sex.  Because, let’s face it, geekiness was generally not valued as girlfriend/boyfriend material when we were in our formative sexual years, and it made life frustrating.  For some of us, being geeks meant being social isolated, and that made our sexual development problematic in a variety of ways.  We need to talk about this, especially as we raise our kids.  Anyway, I will have more to …

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Jesus’ TED Talk #4: Be like unto Katie

Ruling in my kingdom means being a hospitable space for Katie to be Katie and for you to be you. But if instead you introduce Katie to the global Game of rivalry and hate, it would better for you to sleep with the fishes in concrete shoes. Woe to the world for the games it wants to play with Katie! Woe to the advertisers who will teach her to despise herself so that she will buy their products! Woe to the politicians who will turn Katie into just another hate-cog for their political machines! Woe to that sicko who lures Katie into The Game.

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Week 32B: Everything Must Change (Good Friday)

Going to the Cross is how Jesus was to save the world, but he REALLY wanted there to be some other way. One of the great mysteries of our faith is “Why was the Cross the only way?” I believe part of the answer lies in the fact that humans (even normal ordinary “good” people like you and me) have always been willing to sacrifice other humans “for the greater good.” We have always done this, and we still do.

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Week 30: Why We Worry, Why We Judge

“Why manipulate people with judgment when you can just ask them for what you want? Boundaries, people!” – Jesus, in this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids. For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for previous weeks, access to our super-secret Facebook group full of other parents and ministry workers working through the same issues you are. This week’s playlist is below. Enjoy!

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Week 28: A New Path to Aliveness

“The rules are awesome. But you and me, we’re going to be awesomer.” – Jesus, in this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids. For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for previous weeks, access to our super-secret Facebook group full of other parents and ministry workers working through the same issues you are. This week’s playlist is below.  Enjoy!

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Breaking up with Slavery is hard to do

A boy named Joe and Slavery were in love.  They did everything together. But after a while, his friends started bad-mouthing Slavery. They started spreading rumors and blaming Slavery for everything bad in the world. So Joe decided to break up with Slavery—even though she had done so much for him. As soon as she was gone, Joe realized that life was very different without Slaves… He was feeling a little sad, so he went to the kitchen to get something to eat but without Slaves, he didn’t have many options. Joe quickly realized that without Slavery, his home didn’t …

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