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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


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!


Superheroes questioning violence?

If you want to know what someone believes, look at their superheroes.  Think of an old-timey superhero — Popeye, for instance.  He is evidence of our long-held belief that the solution to our problems is punching (especially punches powered by leafy greens). The superhero idea since then has evolved along basically the same lines, minus the emphasis on vegetables.  We believe in bad guys who are the source of our problems, and we believe in good guys who (if they have big fists and/or big guns) are the solution to the problem. Something interesting is happening, though.  Over the past...


Week 12: Stories That Shape Us

Israel’s story is a lot like the story of every other civilization — Their society rises and prospers (and things go well, miraculously well, even), so they think God is on their side. Then their society declines and collapses (with no miracles to save the day), so they think God hates them. But being convinced of the faithfulness of God, they are forced to re-think God in terms beyond your everyday petty tribal deities…


Jesus’ TED Talk #2: How to make people hate you

Whatever culture/community you’re in, it holds together because of shared hatred for someone, someone you blame for your community’s biggest problems. Your job is to find that someone, and be a friend to them. Then sit back and prepare to be hated. If you love the wrong people, your people will hate you. Love will expose and disrupt the organized hate that holds your society together; don’t expect them to thank you. I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Church potlucks will turn into lynch mobs in your honor, but fear not. Even if they do their worst and kill you, they won’t be able to defeat you.


What Han Solo taught me about biblical genocide

Let’s admit it: Han shot first. Han Solo is a cold-blooded murdering thug, not to mention a slimy double-crossing no-good swindler. At the same time, Han Solo is awesome. He is one of us. I have a similar problem with my Judeo-Christian heritage. My spiritual forebears were spittle-emitting genocidal religious fanatics. I am one them; they are my people. But what I discover in the Bible is a God who is subverting our violent mythologies from within, taking us all somewhere we have never been before…


Week 10: Getting Slavery Out of the People

Below are video playlist resources for families and groups reading Chapter 10 of Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking.  I’m using this with my kids this week, and I will make the full resource available in about 8 weeks, via the free email subscription. Subscribe to get the complete weekly resource with teaching scripts, children’s Bibles, coloring pages, resources for different learning modalities, and ideas for extending the conversation throughout the week. See subscription form to the right –> Main Playlist Secondary Texts Extras


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)


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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