Graduation and Commencement

Graduation and Commencement

This is the time of year for graduation ceremonies. In recent days, families of high school and higher education graduates have celebrated the “moving of the tassel.” Churches often join in these celebrations to mark this significant passage in a person’s life. Woven...
The Best Reason to Write Your Own Curriculum

The Best Reason to Write Your Own Curriculum

How do you know when to write your own Sunday School curriculum? As plans get made for this fall and bible study materials get ordered, the conversation will bubble up again for some churches about writing their own materials.  Whether the impetus for change is one of...
A Myth that Needs to Die

A Myth that Needs to Die

Every church has a few persistent traditions and myths that just will not die. Some are unique to a particular church, like these that I’ve encountered: “Our youth group only goes on retreats to Happy Valley Camp. All other options are inferior.” “We only do Habitat...

The Rise of Church Discipline

Have you noticed our tendency to try and control others with rules? We started with Ten Commandments. That led to Jewish scholars noting that the Torah actually contains 613 commandments, which can be divided into 365 “negative commandments”, and 248 “positive...