Posts from April 2018

Posts from April 2018

What Makes a Good Youth Program?

Last week I talked about nurturing faith through three steps: Planting the seed . . . Feeding the soil . . . Watching them grow . . . As we prepare for our church’s 10th anniversary and pull out pictures of our ministry, many of us adults who have been here a while look the same except for the color of our hair . . . or in some cases, the LACK of hair. But our youth and…

Teach Your Children Well

In our children’s ministry we have a wonderful resource in a book our leaders have been using: 100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation by Rebecca Kirkpatrick. On May 20th, we will receive the confirmands into the church as members. While our youth may not know all 100 things, what makes this book so valuable is its format: after each item to “know” there…

Gospel Conversations

On this day before Federal taxes are due I have a few comments about politics and religion. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen said in a radio interview, “We have lost the ability to have political conversations.” The host argued we have political conversations all the time. But she responded, “No we have conversations about politics. A political conversation is a…

In Jesus’ Name

There is an old hymn that goes “Take the name of Jesus with you . . . take it then where’er you go.” Most of the time in public prayer, I try to end my prayers “in Jesus’ name, Amen,” but not always. In Rotary, I am usually called on to offer the invocation and pledge because I am the “preacher,” and don’t mind praying. That is the one time during the week when I am…