What if ALL we did was tell our kids the story?

Years ago, during an ill-advised—and short—career in youth ministry, I found myself teaching a junior high Sunday school class. The denominationally approved curriculum didn’t exactly light a fire under my kids. (Not to worry: it wasn’t an Episcopal curriculum!) One day I realized none of them were able to say why they were Christian, despite having been baptized and … Continue reading What if ALL we did was tell our kids the story?

3 alternatives to saying the sinner’s prayer with your kids

Writer Cindy Brandt recently shared three very good reasons why she hasn’t prayed the sinner’s prayer with her kids. For those of us who grew up evangelical, praying the sinner’s prayer was a Very Big Deal. In my church, when someone was assessing your spiritual state, one of the first things they wanted to know … Continue reading 3 alternatives to saying the sinner’s prayer with your kids

Two things to remember as you share your faith with your kids

If I could change just two things about the way we share our faith with our kids, I would reject more coercive methods in favor of those that cultivate their curiosity, and I would worry less about answering every question and focus more on simply telling the story well. Less heavy-handed sales pitch, more invitation to explore. Less apologetics, more … Continue reading Two things to remember as you share your faith with your kids

Three reasons I’m really, really excited about our new Presiding Bishop

The Right Revd. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church, closed out the 78th General Convention with a powerful address on Friday. His sermon was effectively a call to return to the Great Commission. For those of us who want to see a renewal of discipleship and evangelism in the Episcopal Church, the choice … Continue reading Three reasons I’m really, really excited about our new Presiding Bishop

The liberating power of a good story (a guest post by Cindy Brandt)

Today I’m thrilled to host my first guest post on this blog, and I’m even more thrilled that it’s from Cindy Brandt. Over the past year or so, Cindy has regularly challenged and inspired me with her writing, especially her widely-read post “How I Kissed Evangelizing Goodbye,” in which she calls on us to “listen to other people’s … Continue reading The liberating power of a good story (a guest post by Cindy Brandt)