Category Archives: Bible

The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #4: Mary and Jesus

We don’t know for sure that Mary was a breastfeeding mother, but it seems a reasonable inference. In a time before formula and modern medical care, she would have had few other options, and if she or someone else hadn’t breastfed Jesus he would almost certainly have died in infancy, from malnourishment or water-borne disease, […]

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Women in Ministry: The Church’s Missing Workforce

At the moment in my corner of the church world (I’m a Kiwi Baptist), the number of our 250-odd churches in New Zealand led by a woman (as the sole or senior pastor) is in single figures. Low single figures. It seems likely that by the end of the year there will be only two such churches […]

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Easter with Kids: 32 Ideas for Celebrating Together

We’re now in Holy Week, where Lent morphs into Easter. In my house we’ll continue lighting our Lenten candles and saying the sentences about Jesus that go with them, but there are plenty of other special things coming along this week that can take their own place in household spirituality. So here’s a bunch of […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 6, Palm Sunday: Jesus is a Surprising King

This is an all-in-one post for Week 6 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background, start here. You can also see the series index here.     Charles Dickens could have been writing about Palm Sunday: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 5: Jesus is in Charge of Life

This is an all-in-one post for Week 5 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background, start here. You can also see the series index here. Let’s start with a prayer: We give you all thanks and praise, O God, for yours is the power of life that even death cannot hold back. You […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 4: Jesus Gives Us a Fresh Start

This is an all-in-one post for Week 4 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background, start here. You can also see the series index here. The collection of Lectionary texts for the fourth Sunday of Lent includes these three Gospel readings: John 9, where Jesus heals a man who has been blind his […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 3: Jesus Gives Us Important Jobs

This is an all-in-one post for Week 3 of our Lent with Kids plan. To fill in some background, start here. You can also see the series index here. One of the things I love about the Montessori philosophy is that kids can make do meaningful work. Give kids brooms and cloths to match their size, and […]

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Lent with Kids, Week 1: Jesus is Wise

The pancake party was great fun, and we now have a seven-candle candelabra set up on the dining table – I am so rocking Lent! Well, the first three days of it, anyway… Now comes the hard part, for someone like me. I love ideas, so planning and designing our Lenten practice has been delightful. […]

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Lent with Kids: Getting Ready for Week 1

(Western) Lent in 2020 begins on Wednesday 26 February This is the first proper weekly post of our Lent with Kids series. If you’re reading this after the first week of Lent, or if you want to see the range of other Lent ideas we’ve got, you can also head here, to the series index to see what’s […]

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