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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.

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Bible for Emerging Kids ages 8-12

Sharing the Bible with my kids means inducting them into a particular community of interpretation.  An essential tool for this is a children’s Bible — a collection of the stories our community deems central, arranged and interconnected in ways that communicate what we think the overall story is.  My interpretive community (which includes what’s sometimes called “Emergence Christianity“) has not yet produced any children’s Bibles, so it’s hard to find one that doesn’t covertly promote agendas I oppose (religious violence, imperialism, sexism, moralism, deism, etc.).  This tells me two things: The children’s writers among us need to get busy working...

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Week 3: A World of Meaning

This week’s video playlist features various big-picture ideas about life, including Conflict (Conan the Barbarian: “Crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of the women”), Consumption/Wealth, the meaningless Bigness of the universe (from Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”), Yoda’s ruminations on The Force, an awesome auto-tuned song on how “We are all connected,” George Carlin’s “Stuff” bit, plus video renditions of all our Scripture texts.