“Why is it important that Jesus rose from the dead?” A fourth grader asked. I’m working on explaining that in 13 minutes or less for the Easter sermon in a way that a 4th grader can understand and will change his life. How has the resurrection changed my life? Does it change my life on […]


Me in Children Worship: Tax collectors cheat people to get rich. 1st grader: What does rich mean? With children you can’t assume anything. Two boys fighting to sit on the same chair: I was here first! Me: You work it out yourselves. Do what is nice, not what you want. Both boys immediately got off […]

I read this somewhere. Just want to post it here so I can remember it and look it up whenever I need to be reminded. Prayer is our greatest privilege and our most lasting legacy as parents. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets […]

My sister asked what my son is going to do after he finishes school this week. He’ll be finished with college. (woohoo!) My dad said, “He’ll work and make money, of course. What else is there?” Is that what life is about? You go to school, work, and make money? What then what after that? […]

I was a substitute today for 7th grade social studies. In the beginning of each class, I gave very explicit instructions, wrote it in red on the board, telling the students not to write on the worksheet. The answers are to be written on a separate piece of paper. I made sure everyone was looking […]

As part of the Bible lesson on Sunday I told the children at church about my aunt being in the hospital and most likely going to die. “Have you had anyone in your family die?” A boy raised his hand, “Yes, my great grandfather, great grandmother, and all my ancestors died.” Let me rephrase that […]


It is often said that attitude is everything. This is especially true when you are teaching children. If your attitude towards teaching is to discipline the children into doing what you want them to do, then you will be frustrated. It will be a constant battle, you against the children. But if your attitude is […]

Teaching children category: You are likely at least 20 years older than the children you teach. How can you talk in a language that they understand? When you try to teach a difficult concept by using an illustration, what word picture can you use that they can relate to? If you try to think back […]

Some tips on teaching children, not necessarily your own. Just some thoughts and practical help based on my experiences and training. Dealing with trouble makers – First, you need to adjust your attitude. This little monster today may become a great world leader tomorrow. Would you look back with pride that you had a positive […]