I was invited to speak at chapel last month for “Bring Your Kid to Work Day.” I’ve spoken there a bunch of times, but sharing several stories from the Gospel of John with parents and their kids might just top the list. Enjoy!
What did you do the last time a friend, neighbor, or co-worker went through a serious hard time? Not just a bout with the flu. Something really hard. Cancer…Death of a child…Job loss…Divorce. Did you feel a bit paralyzed, not knowing what to do or say – afraid you might do or say the wrong thing?
If so, you need to watch this interview.
Sarah Beckman is an author and speaker who has been on the giving end and receiving end of coming alongside. In this interview she shares of her own four (yes, four!) back surgeries, as well as walking with her best friend through a 5-year battle with cancer.
Simply put, when it comes to walking alongside people facing major struggles, Sarah is as qualified as anyone I know.
The Guidelines in the interview address these five challenges:
- How do we overcome the paralysis – and subsequent guilt we often feel – when friends are struggling?
- Why should we never ask “How can I help?” (And what should we ask instead?)
- What does “listening well” look like? (And what’s the biggest mistake we typically make when we’re trying to listen well?)
- When it comes time to speak (after listening), what do we say…and not say?
- What do we do when someone is facing a “long haul” challenge? (Cancer battle, major injury, etc.)
What if you could combine the Bible, technology, videos, and a reading plan that would help you understand the Bible better and enjoy it more? If that sounds good, you’re going to love Read Scripture, the new app from The Bible Project and Crazy Love Ministries (Francis Chan’s ministry).
You might have heard of The Bible Project as “the two guys who make the cool, animated overview videos of books of the Bible.” To that I would say, “Yes…and…”
Their videos are fantastic! As of December, they now have videos for all 66 books of the Bible as well as a bunch of major themes (like “Heaven and Earth,” “Holiness,” and “The Law”).
- An “entire Bible” reading plan broken up into 3-6 chapters per day.
- Interspersing Psalms into your daily reading
- Video overviews on the first day of each book
- Theme videos interspersed on days with corresponding passages
- All text is English Standard Version
Do you remember where you were when you heard about the shooting at Columbine High School? I was at home in Tacoma. Three days later I was on a plane to Denver, CO. That Saturday night I was speaking at a local church, processing and grieving with confused students (and parents) who wanted to worship a God who was present in this tragedy.
Tomorrow – October 21, 2016 – a terrific movie comes out about the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first student killed in the shooting at Columbine. I’m Not Ashamed is much, much more than simply a here’s-what-led-up-to-a-school-shooting. This a a well-told, honest story about a young woman, trying to do the right thing (many times failing…just like you and me). She is ultimately striving to live a life that honors Jesus.
This week I got to sit down (via the wonder of technology) with Masey McLain – the fantastic actress who played Rachel in I’m Not Ashamed. We were scheduled to chat for 15 minutes and ended up recording 23 minutes (and then talked for another 10 after). Masey is not only a terrific actress, she’s a cool, authentic, fun person.
There are lots of books about doing KidMin. There are very few about leading Kidmin. If you are a KidMin leader – family pastor, nursery leader, volunteer, or anything else in family ministry – you need to read Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry.
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The two authors – Pat Cimo and Matt Markins – know what they’re talking about. Pat is the Director of Marriage and Family Life at Willow Creek and Matt is the Vice President of Ministry Resources at Awana. Between them, they have over five decades of KidMin experience.
I had the chance to sit down with both of them and talk about the state of KidMin – and specifically – how to help the leader stay healthy, last a long time, and lead lasting change.
Simply put: This book is fantastic! Watch the interview, then please, grab a copy today!
Here are the questions they answer in this interview:
- Why did you write Leading Kidmin?
- What do you hope this book accomplishes for the reader and the KidMin community?
- Tell me about the research that went into this project?
- What is your favorite chapter? (BTW…They have different answers!)
- What are the practical pieces that will really help the KidMin leader?
- What’s this new “KidMin Dashboard” you created (and included)?
- Is this for larger churches, smaller churches, or both?
- What did you find the most encouraging as your researched and wrote?
[reminder]What’s your favorite book for the KidMin leader?[/reminder]
Have you ever heard a pastor say something like “In the original Greek, this word means ABC” or “The people Paul was writing to would have understood this phrase to mean XYZ?” How does he know that? Is my pastor fluent in Greek and Hebrew? Is there some trick he knows that I don’t?
The truth is, it wasn’t too long ago that you would either need a fairly extensive library – or be fluent in Greek and Hebrew – to understand what the original hearers would have known intuitively.