Honored to be going to David C Cooks Tru Gathering again this year. I will be doing a workshop and will be part of the blogger team there. I so enjoyed my time at The Gathering last year the heart and the vision of the conference is so clear and so compelling.

Met tons of people for the first time last year and am looking forward to re-connecting with those people this year. If you are looking for a spiritually rich, intimate gathering of people obsessed with kids and family ministry I hope you will join me in May.

Date: May 6, 2015—May 8, 2015
Event: Join me at the Tru Gathering in Costa Mesa
Sponsor: David C Cook
(800) 708-5550
Venue: ROCKHARBOR Church
Location: 345 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

We want methods, but we need mystery

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I was reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis to my 7-year-old boy. This is my 4th time through the Narnia books. I find so many profound truths littered through Lewis’ brilliant series. The one that struck me last night was from the end of the book. The kids return from many adventures in Narnia and they went to the Professor to tell him why four coats were missing. He believed them because he too had been to Narnia. The Professor told them something quite profound, he said:

You wont get into Narnia again by that route. Nor would the coats be much use by now if you did! Eh? What’s That? Ye, of course you’ll get back to Narnia again someday. Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you are not looking for it.

Resources for Kidmin

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One of the things I love about going to conferences is discovering new resources. At CPC last week I was given a few resources I want to draw to your attention.

1. Yancy – Yancy has a new Little Praise Party video out. It’s fantastic.
2. D6 – The folks at DC gave me a couple of books One on keeping your kids safe online and the other about the connection of church and family by Dr. Kimmel
3. David C. Cook – Michelle Anthony gave me her new book. Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family.
4. Disciplr – A brand new curriculum content delivery system from David C Cook that can be used with any curriculum. Be on the lookout this summer.
5. Jumpstart 3 – A band that does scripture memory songs to modern beats. Got to heart their story from the main stage. Love their passion for scripture.

Two Questions that change how you see everything

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This past week I was at CPC a conference for Kids Pastors put on by INCM. One of the speakers was Charles Lee found of theideation.com In the breakout I attended he was talking about clarifying your brand. Towards the end of his breakout he said that in our brand management and in our lives we have to ask ourselves two questions.

  1. What matters most?
  2. What is enough?

Sola Scriptura in Kids and Youth Ministry

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I do believe that some people die and go heaven and come back again. I also believe that some people make things up or embellish their stories to gain influence and credibility.

Recently this has come to light. Through an open letter from one of the children who supposedly died and went to heaven. This brief letter is thoughtful and profound. It’s God exulting and pushes people back to the authority of scripture.

An Open Letter from Alex Malarkey “The boy who came back from heaven”

Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short.

I did not die. I did not go to heaven.

I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.

It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of heaven outside of what is written in the Bible . . . not by reading a work of man. I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.

In Christ,
Alex Malarkey

This letter was written by a boy whose body is broken due to an unfortunate car accident and it appears that his heart was broken by those who leveraged his situation for personal gain.