Loving our enemies – and our youth – for the sake of the Gospel

Lectionary 7 (Seventh Sunday after Epiphany)Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48Sunday, February 20, 2011 Lectionary 7 Year A 2011 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come.  Amen. Last week’s Confirmation Class began with a thud.  I told the class, “Alright, open up your Bibles to theContinue reading “Loving our enemies – and our youth – for the sake of the Gospel”

Teaching the Bible in Confirmation Class

My congregation uses the wonderful Here We Stand confirmation ministry curriculum from Augsburg Fortress Publishers.  Though no curriculum is perfect, I like Here We Stand (HWS) because it is intelligent, engaging, and flexible.  I've used it with a large group of kids in a church that made great use of technology and enjoyed the sillinessContinue reading “Teaching the Bible in Confirmation Class”

After the Children’s Bible, what?

I love children's Bibles, particularly the Augsburg Fortress Spark Story Bible and the American Bible Society's Read and Learn Bible.  Children's Bibles put the stories of faith into words and pictures in a way that makes them accessible to children, allowing children to grow familiar with Noah and Moses, Jesus and the disciples, and theContinue reading “After the Children’s Bible, what?”