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Free Bible Illustrations by Annie Vallotton

Come See the Annie Vallotton Bible Illustrations Collection Now Online at Rotation.org! These images are great for teaching, illustrating handouts and church newsletters, projecting in worship and teaching events, and more. The Griggs-Vallotton collection is organized into four categories. Jesus … Continue reading

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Lent and Holy Week Resources & Ideas for At Home, Families – During the 2021 Pandemic

The Christian educators over at www.rotation.org have been posting a lot of great ideas for teaching and celebrating Lent and Holy Week with the COVID pandemic still happening here 2021. These ideas are specifically written with homes and families in mind, and … Continue reading

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Teaching with Bible Maps

Why and how to teach with Bible Maps in Sunday School I have updated this article and posted it as a free PDF over in the Bible Maps resource topic at Rotation.org

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At-Home Advent and Christmas Videos, Lessons, and Activities

Over at www.rotation.org we’ve been collecting our favorite FREE at-home Advent and Christmas resources and sharing them with our church members. Enjoy this free presentation and then go to www.rotation.org/pages/advent to see the menu of links to all these great … Continue reading

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Preparing for Advent 2020 under COVID restrictions

Rotation.org has added a brand new forum all about Preparing for Advent 2020 worship, Christmas programs, teaching, at-home traditions, Live Nativity, and Blue Christmas, favorite Christmas videos, Zoom singing and worship, and an “Advent Haggadah” — all with an eye … Continue reading

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Ideas for Celebrating Advent and Christmas in 2020, the year of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing

Rotation.org’s Advent Forum has a terrific bunch of Advent and Christmas ideas, lesson plans, video clips, and ideas for celebrating Advent and Christmas in 2020 — the year of the COVID-19 pandemic when so many social-distancing restrictions will affect our … Continue reading

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“…and the spirit of God was dancing over the deep.”

What was God doing and feeling at the moment of Creation in Genesis 1:2? Your Bible translation might say God’s spirit was “hovering” (NIV), or it might say the “wind” of God “swept” over the deep (NRSV). But given the … Continue reading

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The Nose (Wrath) of God

“Wrath” is one of those old-fashioned words that progressives like me tend to turn up our noses at.  “Wrath” is so Old Testament, …not very “God is love.” So when I came across the word “wrath” the other day in … Continue reading

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God is not the slot machine many Christians imagine and Atheists ridicule

“Unanswered” prayer is perhaps the greatest argument for the NON-existence of God.  When religion preaches “ask and you shall receive,” and people routinely and publicly ask their God for things they obviously have not and will not get (relief from … Continue reading

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Worship: What the People Experience vs. What the Pastor Experiences

I first became aware of how pastors and parishioners “experience the worship service differently” when I began regularly crossing over from pulpit to pew in 1996. And spending the last twenty-five years going back and forth between pew and pulpit … Continue reading

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Things about “Former” Pastors

I’ ve always been interested in reading alleged insights about “former” pastors. “Former” meaning they are no longer pastoring a church, but may still be involved in a church ministry (as am I), or totally out of “church work.” Here … Continue reading

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On Miracles

On Miracles I wrote this brief collection of thoughts “about miracles” after creating a Bible study for lessons on the Feeding of the 5000, a.k.a., the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes, (John 6:1-15 and in all three other Gospels.) I … Continue reading

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