Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Creationism

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Creationism
Yesterday I was asked by the Huffington Post to take part in an online discussion on the topic, “Should Creationism be Taught in Schools” alongside of Evolution. They wanted me because of my well-known role in the 2006 Oscar nominated documentary film Jesus Camp. They knew I teach children about creationism and the Christian faith.

The discussion came as a reaction to a video by Bill Nye the Science Guy and Creationism where he said, “and I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live your world that is completely […]

By |August 30th, 2012|News & Views|3 Comments

You Have to Actually Train a Child to Train Them

I recently wrote an article about the scripture “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (See here.) We discussed what the Old Testament people interpreted it to mean compared to modern day western Christians. If you have not read it, I encourage you to do it now.

But I was thinking about this verse again this morning, when suddenly I heard it with a fresh perspective. In looking at the phrase “Train up a child,” it seems to be a common interpretation to say, well, we’re Christians […]

By |August 29th, 2012|News & Views|8 Comments

Kids Theology & Worldview Today

What is our kids theology and worldview today? Christian Smith, prolific author and sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, coined the term “moralistic therapeutic deism” to describe it. The creed of this “religion” looks something like this in today’s kids’ theology and worldview.

A god who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth.
God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
God does not need […]

By |August 27th, 2012|News & Views|0 Comments

Train Up a Child Re-interpreted

Train Up a Child Reinterpreted
How many times have we heard the scripture from Proverbs 22:6 that says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”? We can quote it from memory. It’s probably one of the most familiar scriptures to parents and church leaders about our children. It brings great comfort to our hearts. But here is how the modern day Christian mentally interprets this verse:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he becomes a teenager he may backslide, and go […]

By |August 23rd, 2012|News & Views|1 Comment

Kids Who Heal the Sick

Kids Who Heal the Sick

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Early in my children’s ministry, I spontaneously began teaching what excited me about God. Somebody forgot to tell me they couldn’t grasp anything but Bible stories. I didn’t get the memo. As I spent time learning from the apostolic healing ministers, Charles and Francis Hunter, I taught everything I had learned to the children in my church. Healings began breaking out in the families of our church as the children prayed for their family members. It was my first exposure to kids who heal […]

By |August 19th, 2012|News & Views|2 Comments

Movie Review on PARANORMAN

Helpful movie revue for parents and children’s ministers about the new kids movie PARANORMAN. Here’s what Karl Bastian at Kidology has to say:
Overview
Norman Babcock is a sweet middle school kid. He is a tad different and his family does not appreciate or understand him. As he walks to school he greets those he encounters with friendly banter. When he gets to school, things are not so friendly.

Because Norman is different from everyone else, he is the object of bullies. They write on his locker, make mean remarks and even physically abuse him. Norman meets another boy being bullied at […]

By |August 18th, 2012|News & Views|2 Comments

Revolutionary Parenting: Intentional Discipleship

What is Revolutionary Parenting?
Since we started in 2001, our focus in Kids in Ministry International was to “redefine children’s ministry in the 21st century. ” That is, we focused on the primary arena where everyone has assumed child discipleship takes place–the local church. As far as training and equipping adults, we zeroed in on children’s pastors, Sunday School teachers, and church leaders. We have tried to help them realize that what we have been doing thus far in our children’s ministries in our churches has only been marginally effective in creating passionate Christ followers in the upcoming generations.

Statistics have […]

By |August 3rd, 2012|News & Views|0 Comments

Make Sure You Teach The Essential Four by Billy Burns

If you ever have the privilege of meeting Children’s Pastor Billy Burns, you won’t forget him easily. Smiling, jovial, hilarious, and serious about leading kids into revival. I first met BillyBurns at the Empowered21 conference in Tulsa, OK.It was quickly apparent that we had the same vision, the same passion, and the same DNA about kids. Billy is a conference organizer and speaker, a writer, a father of five grown kids. And one the things that impressed me the most was to discover Billy has been a children’s pastor for thirty years, I believe at the same church! That’s […]

By |August 1st, 2012|News & Views|0 Comments