Archive - November, 2014

Missions Resources for Children and Families


Here is a list of some helpful websites that can provide your classroom and family with up-to-date information about what God is doing around the world, as well as practical things you can do to participate: (“Just for Kids” e-book) (unreached peoples’ prayer cards) (Voice of the Martyrs “Kids of Courage” children’s section) (country lists with flags, pictures, and specific information) (resources and testimonies of what the Lord is doing among the unreached) (U.S. Center for World Missions—older youth focus) (Bible translation focus)

Plus, don’t miss Noel Piper’s great article, “Home-Grown World Christians.”

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Our Children Need a Lamb who Roars


It may be that my memory is already greatly impaired, but the only song I recall from my early Sunday school years is “Jesus Loves Me.” Another memory is a picture on the wall of Jesus welcoming the children. Jesus…tender, loving, gentle. All true. However, this left an impression that Jesus was like a nice, cuddly teddy bear (or, a cute little lamb). For a while, that was enough to keep me interested in Him, but as I grew older, teddy bears became lame and boring…and so did Jesus.

This is one reason I really resonated with this article by Tony Reinke, “Stop Apologizing for God.” Here is one of the points he makes:

The living God of the Old Testament roars like a lion (Isaiah 31:4; Jeremiah 25:30; Hosea 11:10; Joel 3:16; Amos 1:2).

The living God of the New Testament is the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5).

As Michael Horton says, “Nobody today seems to think that God is dangerous. And that is itself a dangerous oversight.”

It’s dangerous because before we yawn at God, we must first replace the majestic, holy, awesome Tiger of Scripture with a domesticated kitten, conformed to the standards of the world, measured by the yardstick of political correctness. Who wants a God who roars, who threatens, who judges? Why not rather fashion a god in our taste—a friendly god we can pet, leash, and export for popular appeal?

I think that there is a tendency–however well intentioned–to give children a tame and “cuddly” version of God. We highlight Jesus as the Lamb of God, and that is right and good. But sometimes we fail to emphasize that He is also a dangerous lion, someone who is not to be treated lightly. A cuddly version of God may draw our children in at first, but ultimately it will leave them longing for something truly worthy of their greatest love, obedience, honor, and worship. I hope and pray that we might pass on to the next generations the truth of the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah.

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The 2034 Evangelical Christian Survey

Imagine this: It’s 20 years in the future. Our children and students (now well into their adult years) participate in a survey meant to gauge their theological knowledge of the key truths and doctrines of the Christian faith. What might their responses indicate? And for you, when looking back on your 20 years of instructing them, would you be able to say with Paul’s confidence, “I did not shrink from declaring to them the whole counsel of God”? (Acts 20:27 ESV) Why do I bring up this imaginary scenario?

Here is some important news from Ligonier Ministries:

Earlier this year, Ligonier Ministries commissioned a survey of 3,000 Americans in partnership with LifeWay Research. The survey quantified Americans’ theological knowledge and awareness. A combination of true and false statements was used to test participants. The survey addressed core doctrinal topics and issues, such as the Bible, salvation, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, the Trinity, man, hell, and the nature of the church. In our desire to serve the church in fulfilling the Great Commission, these findings help to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.


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