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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“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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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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Week 25: Jesus, Violence, and Power

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids: The first thing you need to know about Moses and Elijah is that they’re awesome. The second thing you need to know is that, like most heroes, they are violent. And when Peter suggests that Jesus should be that kind of hero too, Jesus reacts…um…strongly…

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Week 24: Jesus and Hell

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids, we look into Jesus’ hobby of taking the Pharisees’ notion of the afterlife, flipping it upside-down, and throwing it back at them in order to expand their vision of God.  Good times.  You can see this week’s playlists below. I think Jesus believed in Hades about as much as he believed in Zeus http://t.co/pADHvMFr1D — John Stonecypher (@GeekedOutSoul) February 5, 2015 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 …

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Week 23: Jesus and the Multitudes

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids, we explore how Jesus frees people — poor, rich, and in-between — from broken systems, particularly from what Brian McLaren calls the “Pyramid Economy.” You can see this week’s playlists below. 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. Enjoy!    

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Video for Week 11

It appears BBC World has some copyright issues with this video, so they’ve blocked it on YouTube.  I will try to work this out with them (I think it may have to do with the short Monty Python clip), but in the meantime, you can download the video file here: Rock on, Road-Makers! John

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Week 20: Join the Adventure!

The We Make the Road With Kids teaching playlists are up for this week’s reading in Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking! For more weekly resources for using Brian’s book with kids, be sure to sign up for the weekly email newsletter, which includes these and other playlists, teaching scripts, interaction with other parents and teachers, and much more!

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