“Then he went a short distance farther and fell on his face and prayed, ‘My Father, if it’s possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.’”
—Matthew 26:39 (CEB)
While the disciples slept, Jesus, Servant of All, prayed to God about what he was hours from experiencing on behalf of others—death and temporary separation from God.… Read the rest
Holy Week. How do you react when you read those words? Do you look forward to the spiritual journey through Christ’s death and resurrection? Or brace yourself for the culmination of being overworked, overstressed, and overpaid?
Just kidding on that last one.… Read the rest
I’m not really sure how else to do it, so I’m just gonna give it to you straight.
I think there’s a valuable Holy Week lesson—particularly in regards to the Palm Sunday vs. Passion Sunday debate—to be learned from the SHOWTIME drama The Affair.… Read the rest
I’m embarrassed to admit that Holy Week, until I started working for a church, rarely raised to more than a blip on my radar. It’s not that I didn’t understand the liturgical rhythms of the church year—I was just focused on Easter.… Read the rest
From buzzer beaters to amazing upsets (who could’ve guessed UMBC would take down No. 1 ranked Virgina), this year’s March Madness tournament has been one for the books! But, you know what’s even one better?
The Best (or Worst?) Youth Ministry Cliches, brought to you by Sparkhouse!… Read the rest
“Yikes! There is music in Sunday School today!”
“Help! I need to lead Sunday School music this week!”
“Lord, thank you for the many gifts you have given me, but I don’t feel ‘musical’ is one of them.”
Music is a Bible-based part of our faith lives.… Read the rest
“He was very shy at first. But now I am finding more ways to talk to him.”
One of my son’s teachers told me this, beaming, a few months into the school year. It was a statement that made me scratch my head a bit—how had she jumped from my son’s behavior to her behavior?… Read the rest
The multiage Sunday school classroom is an opportunity for educators to marry fun, faith-based education with leadership. The success of your classroom depends largely on the emphasis you place on making your lessons inclusive of all your students.
Multiage classrooms, undoubtedly, can be a challenge to operate with such a large age gap between the youngest and oldest children.… Read the rest
“There are only a few kids at our church, so we don’t do Sunday school.”
I’ve heard this phrase, or something like it, uttered by many a church leader over the past decade—the words adopting an Eeyore-like tonality. The speaker’s inner feelings of failure pepper the admission.… Read the rest
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