Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip#4)

img_2069Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Use Visual Aids

It was a real mustard seed, small and insignificant. I peered curiously into the glass vial with amazement before passing it to my friend. Mrs. Fike had brought the little seed to our Bible class to help us grasp Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. Mrs. Fike watched us pass around the vial and said, “Jesus taught: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.’” This little seed becomes a tree? Wow! Even as a little second grader, it was an indelible illustration. Continue reading

Why I Ditched My Bible Reading Plan

A photo by Ben White.


Three days ago, I ditched my daily bible reading plan. Not the habit, mind you, just my appointed plan… We had a “falling out” of sorts. Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)


Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Review isn’t for dummies

If you have the opportunity to teach a class with the same person (or people) more than once, do not hesitate to review. It gives you, as a teacher, a pulse on what information has been retained and what the student does (or does not) already know. Continue reading

Memorial Stones

Freedom is Not Free (c) 2005 William Lawrence,

We are rather forgetful creatures. In some ways, our forgetfulness is a blessing. Time dulls the sharp pangs of grief and the pettiness of minor wounds. In other respects, our forgetful natures are a curse. Continue reading

The Trouble with Comparing Pain.


The heart knows it’s own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy

Proverbs 14.10, ESV


Over a month ago, I read some comments on a Facebook post discussing the damaging effects of vaccines. As is common with all vaccine-related discussions, the comments were awash with both sides of the debate. There is always someone bashing “anti-vaxxers” as being anti-science/stupid/ignorant/hateful/child-abusers/fill-in-the-blank-with-an-insult. One comment read, “I would rather live with a child that has autism than to have my child die of whooping cough.”

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Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #2)


Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Consider the Context

When we are preparing a class or discussing scripture with someone, always be mindful of these three important rules: Continue reading

A Spark in the Darkness.


Shootings in Dallas. Riots in Charlotte. Explosions in New York.

Deceit in the debate hall.

Worry abounds.

When darkness prevails and our grief overwhelms us, how do we get through it? What do we hold on to?  Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips. (Tip #1)


Today’s teaching tip is one I find helpful when teaching children and those who may not be very familiar with the Bible. Are you ready? Continue reading

“Is this all there is?” (Part 3 of “Does Everything Happen for a Reason”)

This is the third part of the series, “Does Everything Happen for a reason?” To read the previous post, click here.

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“What we would here and now call our ‘happiness’ is not the end God chiefly has in view: but when we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy.”

~ C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

When faced with incomprehensible suffering, people respond in one of the following four ways:

  1. Blame God.
  2. Dismiss God’s omnipotence
  3. Conclude we are subject to random chance.
  4. Remember this life is temporary and turn to God for comfort

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Do you trust Him?

imageThis passage in Psalms began my daily reading today.

In light of our discussion, “does everything happen for a reason,” this scripture seemed quite timely. In this Psalm, David challenges his own soul to remember no scheme of man can ever snatch Him from God’s omnipotent hand.  Continue reading