There are very few pictures of Mary and Joseph that are not Joseph pulling Mary on the Donkey for Bethlehem. We aren’t there yet, though. Besides, they aren’t Even LOOKING at each other! But I can tell that Mary and Joseph aren’t really pictured before Jesus. Even though, they had some kind of relationship as … Continue reading
My very savvy 7 year old asked me today what Hell was. Can I just say that a. I’m glad he asked me b. I’m glad he didn’t have a concept yet Because, I’m a Pastor and I’m always a little afraid of what is seeping into my child’s brain theologically I have no doubt … Continue reading
Jesus is adopted http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2259 here is a good resource to start thinking things and another one http://revgalblogpals.org/2014/12/16/narrative-lectionary-dreams-and-adoption-rooted-in-faith/ …but Jesus is adopted by Joseph as scripture describes here This fact is so, so important in understand who Jesus is…..He’s family… NPR recently played Jillian Lauren’s tale of adoption (Full 12min story here) She flew to Africa to … Continue reading
Integrated Worship How to not only welcome but also integrate children in worship
I went to General Assembly in 2012 as an observer…which meant, literally that I was there with absolutely no ulterior motives, I just wanted to see how things worked. My husband, my three children and my mother came with me. Luckily, my husband had friends in Pittsburgh, where it was, so he was interested in … Continue reading
It is a gift to love children. I know this, because as a child, I never wanted to forget what it was to have an adult who talked to you like real human being…there were these grown-ups who “got it” and I read books by authors who seemed to still get it. L. Frank Baum, … Continue reading
“It’s exhausting being the young family in a church” This sentiment was shared to me by one of our “young families” about what another “young family” told them. Its exhausting. Of course, I speak from the “young family” and “pastor’s family” congruently, but I know what they mean. 1) Getting the schedule I’m not sure … Continue reading
“If I sin, I pray that my sin is to be too welcoming, and to have the door too wide open. Never do I want to stand before God and defend why I didn’t let someone into my community, family, church, faith or life because I kept the opening too narrow. I would rather explain … Continue reading
To me Church is like a Wedding, a Memorial and a Grand Opening, it’s like a party, like a neighbor welcoming you in for cookies (fresh baked) and like a playground for children. It should feel like a space that can be sacred and quiet and joyful noise-y. Church should feel like there is … Continue reading
Whenever I talk to people about why they like going to church…the reasons I usually get come down to two reasons. (*Katy’s poll is totally anecdotal) What Church People are actually saying 1. Its a like a family/the relationships, etc. 2. for the kids (although that tends to be a baby boomer reason) Seldom to … Continue reading
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