At the weekend, the chairman led a team of volunteers and journalists to rescue the boy who had been tied and chained to his bed and locked up for 10 years. The rescue operation shocked neighbors, many of whom appeared not to have known that there was such a child in the home.
Christian parents everywhere want their children to follow Jesus. We often wish that there was a silver bullet of some sort or a simple set of procedures for parents to follow to ensure that our children have faith.
A journey wall is a congregation wide experience in which a congregation posts their memories of positive and challenging experiences with the church, puts their story into chapters and then looks for repeated patterns across the life of the church.
We may answer that question in two ways. A prescriptive answer offers essential connections between Reformed theology and Reformed worship. A descriptive answer assumes that Reformed worship is worship by Reformed people.
It’s easy for us to scoff at the Israelites when they pleaded with Samuel for a king and wonder how they couldn’t see how faithful God had been to them. But the Israelites weren’t the only ones who thought they needed a king.
It’s summertime, and that means school is out and your church is most likely working on its summer programming. Your church can take a few simple steps so that every child will feel welcomed and included in your summer activities.
Is there a way to ensure that when elders, deacons and ministry leaders step up to the plate they feel ready and able...and not just willing? What if like the 3 R's in education, it was a spiralling process of exposure, reinforcement and mastery?