Worship for Kids: October 27, 2013

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Joel 2:23-32. This passage includes two rather distinct sections. The first (vss. 23-27) is Joel's prediction of the end of the locust… read more

When the Spirit of God Shows Up

By Philip Wise
Joel 2:23-32 There is much in life that is unpredictable—our health, world affairs, and the behavior of others to name three. This unpredictability becomes significant only… read more

Beyond the Broken Heart: A Journey Through Grief

By Betsy Hall
We all experience grief at some point in our lives. Calendar dates can be a painful reminder of the loss of a loved one. Birthdays, anniversary dates, and the actual date a loved… read more

Blessing of the Animals

By Betsy Hall
St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of animals and nature, on or around the date of his feast day (Oct. 4th) churches plan a worship service called the Blessing of the… read more

Ten Tips for Introducing Your Child to Worship

By Ministry Matters
1. Attend a child-friendly church. A church that invites children to attend worship, that has a children's time during worship or a service in which children are included, will… read more

Review: Youth Ministry

By Eric Van Meter
David Olshine, a veteran youth pastor with more than thirty years on the job, sees plenty wrong with American youth ministry. The primary question in his latest book, however, is… read more

Jerome Berryman and Godly Play

By Dirk deVries
Godly Play is what Jerome Berryman calls his interpretation of Montessori religious education. It is an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports… read more

Calvin vs Wesley

By Shane Raynor
Calvin vs Wesley from Shane Raynor on Vimeo. These are some of my initial thoughts on the new book Calvin vs Wesley by Don Thorsen. Shane Raynor is an editor at Ministry Matters… read more

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

By Tricia Brown
I recently read a mother's post on Facebook regarding her young son. It said, "Ethan just drew what he said was a spider, then got scared and ran from it. I had to erase it for… read more

Proof for the Power of Prayer?

By Tom Schwartz
The New Testament tells us in James 5:16 that "the prayer of the righteous is effective and powerful" (New Revised Standard Version). Scientists may have actually found concrete… read more

The Jew Named Jesus

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
We have come a long way in Jewish-Christian relations. Thanks to the work of the Roman Catholic Church during Vatican II in the 1960s as well as interfaith dialogues that have… read more

I Was Wrong: A Confession and Invitation

By Kasey Hitt
I don't know why it is so hard to admit being wrong. The truth is, it always has been for me. One reason is that I don't easily let go of things I believe to be true (just ask my… read more
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