Category Archives: Christian Education ~ Ideas and Advice

Special Needs Kids and Computers

Every month I get calls and emails from the parents and teachers of “special needs” kids asking about our software. They want their kids to thrive in Sunday School, but the classrooms and volunteer teachers are often not equipped to … Continue reading

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Blue eyes in the Bible, and other misconceptions

The germ of this article started years ago when a teacher complained about a video depicting a “white-looking Jesus with blue eyes“.  What is Jesus “supposed” to look like? A few years ago, an anthropologist came up with this “likely … Continue reading

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A Bible Plug-in for our Brains

 Neil’s “Bible Snapshot”… Sunday School as a “Bible plug-in”   Recently I posted about the importance of explaining “What Sunday School is”, as many don’t seem to believe in it anymore. Sunday School has a P.R. problem. See my “tree” post … Continue reading

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Sunday School is a Tree

“Sunday School is a tree.” That is what I’ve finally concluded after all these years of trying to explain what Sunday School is to people in a way that was simple, imaginative, and yet profoundly true. Sunday School is the tree Zaccheus climbed … Continue reading

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Mike Yaconelli’s Broadside on Youth Ministry

I’ve just posted an article about the failure of youth ministry that I’ve been sitting on for a number of years. I didn’t write it. It was written by Mike Yaconelli, the founder of Youth Specialties and Youth Worker Journal, … Continue reading

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Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

This link takes you to one of the best written pieces about youth ministry I’ve read in a long time: http://kendadean.com/636/what-are-the-top-10-characteristics-of-a-healthy-youth-ministry/ “Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry” I don’t know anything about Kenda Dean, other than she does youth … Continue reading

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Tashlikh -A New Year’s Ritual

In my church, we are distributing stones on New Year’s Day worship and encouraging members to “throw stones” in the tradition of Tashlikh for the New Year. We also dipped apples into honey receive a blessing for the new year. … Continue reading

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Rethinking Youth Ministry

I ran across the ‘Rethinking Youth Ministry’ blog recently and it’s full of interesting thoughts. www.rethinkingyouthministry.com In addition to some good thoughts, research and ideas, my biggest take-away from their site was that there are many veteran youth workers and … Continue reading

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Memories, the Science of Commitment, and Rebalancing Teaching vs Worship

This post is one in a collection of continuing posts about Brain Research, Memory Formation, and what teachers and pastors need to know about both. ———– The latest brain and memory research continues to underscore the importance of Sunday School … Continue reading

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The Problem with Teenage Sunday School Class

Not for the faint of heart… I’m going to make a HUGE UNCOMFORTABLE CRITIQUE of traditional Youth Sunday School here. I’m doing it as a three decade veteran of youth ministry, which by the yardsticks at the time (ie “numbers), I … Continue reading

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“Priming” -the Science Behind the Reason for Sunday School

This post is going to get around to the reasons WHY Sunday School and youth groups really are IMPORTANT.  They are the primary way we “PRIME” our kids to become receptive to matters of faith, knowledge and a relationship with God and … Continue reading

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Good Stories Really Do Get Inside Your Head

This past year, Princeton neuro-scientist Lauren Silbert put herself in an fMRI and recorded her neural patterns while she recounted a VIVID STORY from her personal experience. Then she put volunteers in the fMRI, played back the story over headphones, … Continue reading

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