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Week 9: Freedom!

The main playlist this week consists of “Bondage” from Prince of Egypt, a clip from World Vision about child labor, a good visual telling of the story of how slavery is part of our life in the modern world, “When You Believe” from Prince of Egypt, and a story of one boy in India who came out of slavery and now helps other kids do the same. (~15 minutes)

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Week 8: Rivalry or Reconciliation?

The Bible so far has brought up various theories about how God deals with “bad people” — like how God could just kill all the bad people, for example — but those solutions really haven’t solved the problem of people being bad. This week, another theory arises from these stories about brothers . . .

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Week 6: Plotting Goodness

Abraham and Sarah made a shocking discovery: Yahweh doesn’t care about sacrifices; Yahweh just wants to bless the world. That’s why Abraham and Sarah get blessed, so that they and all their descendants (including us!) can be a blessing to the world.

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Models, not Morals

Bible stories don’t give us morals; they give us models of how the universe works. If we share our stories with our kids this way, perhaps they won’t find them so breathtakingly dull. Part of what we have in the Bible is a bunch of mental models, and what we need in our family is a shared way of talking about them… INTRODUCING: Systems Thinking.

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Future plans for “We Make the Road with Kids”

COMING SOON to this site: 1). A constantly-evolving set of 52 resource-packed pages for Making the Road with Kids; 2). Weekly emails of resources synched with Brian’s recommended calendar; 3). Resources organized according to age group, learning modality, and spiritual style; 4). New ways to interact with other parents and church folks. We are, after all, making this road together.

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Week 5: In Over our Heads

Faced with the idea of a God who would kill all the “bad guys” with a big Flood, my first response is “Couldn’t God do better than that?” But here’s an idea: What if my learning to ask that question is the whole point?

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How I talk to my kids about Noah

Extinction events (like during the climate turmoil, flooding, and mass die-off at the end of the last Ice Age) are hard times to hold on to the belief that God loves and cares for his creatures. But our people took the “The gods want us all dead!” story and tweaked it. The result is a story about a guy named Noah…

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Week 4: The Drama of Desire

Humans naturally desire the things other people desire, which makes us into rivals who are competing to get the same thing. This kind of rivalry can lead us into all kinds of nastiness, as we will see in this week’s family exploration of Genesis 3.