A large crowd gathered around Jesus, eager to hear his teaching. He taught them many things, including the importance of generosity. “When you give,” Jesus said (Matthew 6:2). Not if, but when. Following Jesus means giving to others. This basic principle of generosity is crystal clear in the New Testament. But how much should we give? Second Corinthians 9, a central passage on giving, provides some guidance for us.
Last Sunday night we had our inaugural Theology through the Arts event at Faith Church. Theology through the Arts is a series of hands-on workshops crafted with the creative in mind, with the goal of helping us better understand and develop the artistic capacities gifted to us by God, the premier Creator-Artist. Our first workshop explored the musical arts….
In a recent post, I asserted that the traditional approach to ministry needs an overhaul. As a refresher, here’s what I wrote:
If the goal is to impart a lively, lasting faith to the next generation, we’re failing. Perhaps it’s time to rethink our practices, beginning with the idea that our children and students need to be segregated from the congregation. For decades, the dominant ministry model has been the one that creates flashy, thrilling settings for children and youth, something akin to a Christian version of Walt Disney World or Universal. Make no mistake: this ministry model is extremely effective at drawing a crowd. But the statistics reveal that it is not effective at producing deep-soil disciples.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Heading into the new school year, you’ve likely had the same conversations in your homes that we have had in ours: “What’s our morning routine going to look like?” “How are we preparing the night before for the chaos that will undoubtedly come in the morning?”
This Sunday, August 18, we’ll be presenting each of our third graders with a new Bible and journal. This is our way of opening the door for these children to transition from children’s worship (Kid’s Cove) to corporate worship. Parents, we believe that this transition into the corporate worship environment should happen earlier, rather than later…