Formations 05.25.2014: Human Libraries Combat Prejudice

The Main Branch of the Long Beach (CA) Library will feature a “Human Library” event on May 31. Such events were first created in Copenhagen in 2000 by Stop the Violence, a team of five activists who were disturbed by the stabbing of a friend and wanted to do something about it.

Uniform 05.25.2014: Boiling It Down

I’ve been told that the entire Christian faith boils down to two instructions: “Love God, and love people.” That sounds so simple—too simple. And I’m not the first person to think that.

Flame: God as our Anchor Craft and Prayer Activity

Here is a prayer activity that older children could do independently to help them think about trusting in God for their strength. It could be used especially if you were exploring stories that involve the sea or storms!

Earth Day 2014

Creation care is a hot topic these days, especially in Christian circles. For Laura and me, we find it imperative to take care of what God has given us to be able to share it with those who will come after us.

Thrive: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Dream with me. Let’s say, you are a Christian. But you are sometimes embarrassed by this. Those other Christians have given you a bad reputation, you feel.

Crossroads: Paying Attention

Have you ever fallen asleep or started daydreaming in a class, meeting, or event? Perhaps nobody noticed, but you left not really knowing what took place at that particular event. Or perhaps you had to give an answer to a question you hadn’t heard.

Formations 05.18.2014: A Reluctant Prophet

In the Old Testament, obedience ranks high on the list of things God expects from God’s people. Granted, the Bible is clear that there are also other, nobler responses to God: love, adoration, faith, etc. But these things count for little if we are unwilling simply to do as God says.

Uniform 05.18.2014: Be Careful What You Do

In the process of parenting our son, my husband and I often discuss the various methods of discipline that were used in our families growing up. For both of our households, there was always a penalty for using inappropriate language. In my house, my mother would squirt Worcestershire sauce on our tongues.

Ode to Jimmy Carter – Lauren F. Winner

When the desert fathers withdrew from the city, they found that they could not escape thoughts of their former lives of ease. So they developed a three-step method to retrain their thoughts: notice, quarantine, and replace.

Thrive: The Parable of the Sower – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Imagine your ears are a plot of land in the countryside. Imagine everything you hear with them is seed with the potential to sprout. Imagine all seed is good seed.

Crossroads: Redemption

I became a Christian when I was seven years old. Having grown up in the church, some of my earliest memories were of learning who Jesus is. There’s not a time that I can remember when I didn’t know who God was.

Formations 05.11.2014: In the Belly of the Beast

As children, we may have been fascinated with the great fish (usually depicted as a whale) that swallowed Jonah and later spit him out on the shore. To our young, impressionable minds, the whole thing must have sounded like a harrowing adventure.