Tagged: childrens ministry

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Free resource for a new kind of Christian family

Are you an Emerging-ish parent struggling to share the Bible with your kids? Subscribe for free weekly resources for using Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking with children, synced with Brian’s recommended calendar sequence.

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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.

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In defense of Bible stories

I have spent a long time hating Bible story books. They tell a little story in isolation from the rest of the Bible’s narrative, and then they draw out some facile and vacuous moral, like: “Go be like Samson,” which happens to be awful advice. If my kids turn out like Samson, I may have to start taking drugs. But little tellings of little stories is how humans make culture. Am I short-circuiting the process by trying to dissolve the Samson story into the Jesus story? Is it perhaps not my job to hand my kids a finished pile of knowledge, but instead to induct them into a process that’s been going on a long time and is not yet finished — the process of getting to know an undomesticated God who refuses to fit into a single story?

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Spiritually parenting my geeklings

Cain & Abel, Noah’s Ark, the Wall of Jericho — These stories are so much a part of who we are; we can’t fathom not sharing them with our kids. It would make as much sense as not telling my kids about Frodo and Sam. Still, those stories are a part of my background that sort of screwed me up, spiritually speaking. What’s a nerd to do?