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From Blues Clues to box office hits, video games to McDonald’s bags, our kids are encountering an explosion of eye-catching images every day. How does that affect the way they explore and express their faith?

In a recent workshop I attended, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, author of Offering...

December 22, 2009 0 0 comments
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So why has it taken me so long? Truth is it never made sense to me to put so much work into something that just went back into the box when it was done. Does children’s ministry ever feel like that to you? You dedicate time preparing for a lesson—cutting out Memory Cards, printing off reproducible pages, learning Bible stories. Then you bring it all to church...

December 22, 2009 0 0 comments
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Each fall my hometown hosts an Oktoberfest parade. For eighteen years we’ve watched from the same downtown corner and then driven to the same farmer’s field to prop the kids up among the pumpkins and snap their picture. When we began this annual event we had one child smiling among a sea of...

December 15, 2009 0 0 comments
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I don’t remember the course content, the final exam, or the other students in my favorite university course at DordtCollege in Sioux Center, Iowa. What I do remember and what I looked forward to most each day was the professor’s opening prayer. He’d look at us all with this big smile on his face...

December 15, 2009 0 0 comments
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As an arrow whizzed passed my ear--much too close for comfort--I turned to face whatever kid had broken the archery rule I had just finished explaining. Unfortunately, it wasn't a kid. It was my co-leader. The co-leader who was supposed to be helping me lead archery and keep kids safe was now...

November 26, 2009 0 0 comments
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If you’ve ever had to defend your budget or been asked to “do something with the kids” during a meeting planned for adults, you can probably relate to this note I received from a local children’s ministry director.

I was sitting at my desk having one of those mental conversations, trying...

April 1, 2009 0 0 comments
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As we reflect on being but dust and ash and follow Christ’s journey to the cross, we’re reminded of how much we need the resurrection. 

March 1, 2009 0 0 comments
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Canadian-American Economist John Kenneth Galbraith said, “Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.” But if you've ever lost a game of phone tag, been on a paper chase, or fallen asleep waiting for an e-mail response, you know there are times when face-to-face meetings make...

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