Lifeway’s Gospel Project

On March 14th I will be liveblogging a special one day event surrounding “The Gospel Project”. I had a chance to see some of their stuff a head of of time at the CPC confrence. It looks really good.
I love the emphasis they are putting on Jesus. I know that this may come across the wrong way but we have lost our concept of what Relevance is all about. Relevance needs redefining. It’s so much more than cool lights and a hip pastor it the communicating the essence of our faith in a way kids can understand with out stripping the gospel of it’s power. No matter what type of church you attend you need to at least check out “The Gospel Project.”
Here is a bit more about it:
On March 14th, get an inside look at The Gospel Project, LifeWay’s new gospel-centered Bible study resource, through a special webcast event. Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, will host as Advisory Council members Matt Chandler and J.D. Greear, and General Editor Ed Stetzer talk about gospel-centeredness in the lives of Christians and the church today.  

During the event, you’ll hear from each speaker individually, followed by a Q&A with Trevin Wax. Matt Chandler will discuss the need to make the gospel explicit in our small groups, J.D. Greear will discuss the need to ground our life-application in the gospel, and Ed Stetzer will talk about the need for gospel-centeredness to move us out on mission for God’s Kingdom. At the end, all four will gather for a panel discussion.

The Gospel Project Webcast will be an insightful and compelling exploration of the gospel and the way it transforms our lives, our churches, and the world. Don’t miss it! 

The Almighty Bible Review.

If you work with kids or are a parent of kids one of the things that should keep you up at night is “How can I get my kids to love the bible.” The more media rich our environment around us become the more passé reading becomes. More than being aware of that fact it should bother us. To think that one of the first books printed and the book behind the print revolution was the Bible.

Technology is moving forward and we need to move along with it. I received a free copy of Genesis and Exodus from the folks at The Almighty Bible. Before I get into a review of them let me start by saying I went to their website before I read the books and was very impressed because they “get” the whole technology thing. If the bible is going to reach the next Generation and live beyond us we have to innovate never changing the message but always the method of delivery. The people over at the Almighty Bible get that loud and clear. They created this bible with the app in mind it’s media rich and compelling. I love picture bibles and graphic novel translations of the bible because I believe they serve as a powerful connecting bible that helps kids transition from a kids bible to a more traditional bible.

Check out this quote from their site:

“The Almighty Bible presents a compelling narrative for a younger generation. The visuals are intriguing and enhance the written story. I look forward to the next ones, especially on my iPad.”

– Ralph Winter, producer of the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Star Trek series

I recently bought my son The Action Bible he loves it. He has told me on more than one occasion “Dad, I love my bible”. My kids also love The Almighty Bible, even though the text in The Almighty Bible is at a much higher level than my 3 and 5 year old can understand they were drawn in by the rich graphics and asked questions about words and concepts they didn’t understand. They really were pulled into the seamlessness of the story it was telling. I think that the Almighty Bible does a great job engaging kids in God’s word. To maintain the graphic novel feel they summarize quite a bit and leave out quite a bit so I am sure some people won’t like that, I didn’t mind because I realize that The Almighty Bible is a part of a larger journey my kids are on. I love that there is an interactive version for the iphone and iPad. You can tell that lots and time and energy has gone into this product and I pray the end result is more kids loving their bibles.

I loved the Almighty Bible as a parent and a pastor to kids and families, I will encourage every parent I know to add the The Almighty Bible to the list of bibles they buy for their kids.

Spiritual Parenting: An awakening for today's families.

This book was one of the best parenting books I have read in a while. It’s so cool how when God is speaking something to you he goes out of his way to do it in 5.1 Dolby surround sound. So often I grip a little walkie talkie and try to scan for God’s frequency and feel like I get nothing then from out of nowhere in Dolby 5.1 surround sound God blasts me with truth that I really need to hear.

One of those things God has been speaking to me about is living a Gospel centered life. I really believe this is something God is work in me so he can work somethings out of me to help me be the father my kids need and the leader those I have influence over need.

In Spiritual Parenting, Dr. Anthony talks about raising your kids not to be “good kids” but to raise your kids to have a faith that is real, legitimate and personal. A faith that is Gospel centered. I love her philosophy of parenting (pg. 25)

“At it’s core, then Spiritual Parenting is not merely a book of ‘how to parent.’ It’s fare more than that. It’s a book about how to view your role as a spiritually minded parent, the God-given role that is yours alone. Essentially, it asks the question, ‘What is my end goal in raising each of the children God has entrusted to me, and then how will I parent them with that end in mind?'”

I also love how she teaches her kids not to do chores or work around the house but to do what she calls “Acts of service” in doing acts of service she is teaching her kids to be Independent through interdependence. So much of our culture screams for independence but there is a powerful understanding of family and of the kingdom of God that happens in the life of a child when they learn that the goal is not independence but Christ centered interdependence.

One of the things my wife will like most about me reading Spiritual Parenting is how Dr. Anthony teaches her kids responsibility is by planting a garden and having your kids help and through their involvement in planing sowing and reaping you teach your kids about responsibility, consequences and the fruit of hard work. There are many spiritual conversations that can happen in the garden. I just try and find them elsewhere because I hate gardening.

Lastly I want to touch on her chapter about story. She leads off with this Quote:

At the hear of our Christian faith is a story….Unless the story is know, understood, owned and lived we and our children will not have Christian faith.

John H. Westerhoff

I couldn’t agree more. It is so huge that we learn to tell the story of Christ in a compelling way and we live the story of Christ in a compelling way. That to me is what Spiritual Parenting is all about telling the Redemptive story of the Gospel in a compelling way and doing our best do demonstrate it in our homes in front of our kids every day.

(Disclaimer – I received a free copy of Spiritual Parenting from David C Cook for review purposes.)