This past year, death has been in the headlines like no other time in recent memory. The news media is quick to point out the daily death count attributed to COVID-19…as if the tragic incidence of death is some kind of new phenomenon. The Bible, as always, provides much-needed truth and clarity for both us and our children.
We're excited to announce that More Than a Story: Old Testament is now available, providing parents, grandparents, teachers, and church leaders with an effective and accessible tool for the discipleship of the next generation.
In the following interview, Sally Michael shares her heart for how this book can give children a solid foundation of truth for developing a strong faith in God.
What we do in children’s ministries will serve to either foster theological confusion or bring gospel clarity. What we begin teaching about the Bible, God, sin, Christ, salvation, and the Christian life from preschool on informs and shapes our children’s theology both now and into their adult lives.
What is needed for children to see how true and how glorious, how joy producing is the Christian faith? What will produce in the next generation faithfulness, strength of character, willingness to serve sacrificially—a willingness to go anywhere the Lord might want them to go to be witnesses for Him? What will it take to bring this about in them?
There are many answers to that question. But there is one that is of the upmost importance if children are to grow and have the strength of faith and a joy in the Lord. Consider six reasons why we must pass on to the next generation a high view of God.... More
Now more than ever, we need to clearly and repeatedly communicate to our children the incomparable message of the gospel in all its depth and breadth. They need to have clear, well-articulated, biblical answers to the most pressing questions. ... More
It is amazing to watch how the world, with all its advanced knowledge, technology, and economic power can be thrown into chaos by a virus, or by a tornado ripping through a major city. We really aren’t as strong as we think we are. Yet events such as these offer parents and the church crucial opportunities to help our children understand God’s good and sovereign rule in the midst of disease, calamities, and disasters.... More
How can we help children know and love God?
In a seminar at the 2013 national conference, ”Teaching Children to Know and Love God by Knowing and Loving Theology,” Dr. Bruce Ware explained the importance of understanding the “progression of truth” as we teach our children. He lays out the progression as follows:
Head → Heart → Hands → Habitat
or another way of stating it…
Knowing → Loving → Living → Transforming
Why start with the “head”? Why not jump right to their heart? Dr. Ware explains,
The mind’s understanding (knowing the truth) is necessary for the heart’s engagement with that truth (loving the truth). Knowing the truth provides the possibility and basis for loving the truth.
With children, the first priority in what we can assist
My six-year-old grandson had a profound question for me when his pet goldfish, Bob, died: “Grandma, why did Bob have to die?” It’s a great question. Why death? Even a six-year-old feels that something is “not right” with the world in the loss of one small fish. There is a sense of helplessness and sadness. Why death?
Take time on Good Friday to read and talk about these words with your children:
And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.—Matthew 27:28-31
I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King where Frodo and Sam are making their last, desperate effort to destroy the one ring in the depths of Mt. Doom. What makes the final destruction of the ring so incredibly magnificent and satisfying is the context. Before that, we have been taken on a long journey that has introduced us to the magnitude of evil, despair, and ruin brought about by the ring and its influence. You don’t simply go from a peaceful, idealistic life in the Shire to the triumphant destruction of the ring. The story would have lost its grandeur and appeal if author J.R.R. Tolkien had not shown us the evil and despair.
See details at the end of this post for a special Easter sale on resources that introduce the Gospel to children in your home, church, and community.... More