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?

Six things I’ve learned reading The Story of King Jesus to my daughter

Every night before bed, my daughter Elizabeth gets to pick two books for us to read. As far as she’s concerned, The Story of King Jesus will always be the book I wrote for her—and it is—so it’s been making regular appearances in our bedtime routine. We’ve read it a few dozens times now since our first … Continue reading Six things I’ve learned reading The Story of King Jesus to my daughter

God made light

This summer was my daughter’s first Vacation Bible School. VBS is a more elaborate production than it used to be, so naturally it comes with an official soundtrack and everything. The CD has been in rotation in our car ever since. Thankfully, it’s pretty good. The songs are a mix of originals, a couple jazzed up … Continue reading God made light

What art can teach us about theology and faith formation

Every year, I take my daughter to ArtPrize—one of the world’s largest art competitions, right in our backyard—hoping she’ll have a different experience with art than than the one I had as a child. Growing up, art was something I chose to endure rather than appreciate. I viewed trips to the art museum as almost a form of punishment. ArtPrize … Continue reading What art can teach us about theology and faith formation

We need feminism because my daughter thinks most TV shows are for boys

Most weekday mornings, I get my daughter up. It’s a frenzied ritual of brushing teeth, combing hair, trying to persuade her that wool sweaters aren’t the greatest choice for the middle of summer (even in Michigan), and finally—after a series of delicate and sometimes tense negotiations—helping her get dressed in her chosen outfit. Then I make my way to my … Continue reading We need feminism because my daughter thinks most TV shows are for boys

Jesus died because you didn’t clean your room (and other things we tell our kids)

Last week was VBS at my church. It was the first time my daughter was old enough to participate. I filled in as a backup crew leader. Think small group leader, but with more herding kids from one activity to the next. Also, pretending to know the motions to the songs, which occasionally meant spinning in circles … Continue reading Jesus died because you didn’t clean your room (and other things we tell our kids)