1. Too Much Vision

    Article Too Much Vision

    There's a new champion fundraiser in town. Her name is Vision.  She's not really new.  She's been helping congregations raise money since the early church began, and in …

  2. 10 Ways to Encourage Teachers

    Article 10 Ways to Encourage Teachers

    I knew a grade school teacher who had an overflowing bookcase of mugs and apple tchotchkes and slogan boards in her apartment. She often received 26 per year, which is the number…

  3. Oral Tradition: How the Bible Came to Be

    Article Oral Tradition: How the Bible Came to Be

    Several years ago, before a speaking engagement, I arrived early and was able to attend worship that Sunday. I entered the sanctuary and noticed the stained glass windows. Each…

  4. Teaching Children to Pray

    Article Teaching Children to Pray

    For the third time in one night, Samuel came to Eli's bed and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Twice Eli, the priest, had told Samuel to go back to sleep, for he had not…

  5. Eliminating Substitute Nightmares

    Article Eliminating Substitute Nightmares

    When a children's class teacher is unexpectedly absent, the options are to recruit a substitute teacher on the spot or to combine two classes. In some cases, combining may be the…

  6. Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons

    Article Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons

    “We don’t interpret the Bible; we just read it.” The young woman—a student in my undergraduate course in New Testament—was adamant. She insisted…

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