Pringles versus Chex Mix

Pringles versus Chex Mix

By: There is something nice and neat about a can of Pringles. They stack so perfectly into that round can, and the taste and shape are entirely predictable. A bag of Chex Mix, however, has variety in taste, shape, texture and look. When you put your hand in that bag,...
Youth Ministry – Building on the faith of parents

Youth Ministry – Building on the faith of parents

By: Through college and seminary, I spent numerous years volunteering as a youth minister and in 2007 took a job in Bonn, Germany as the associate pastor for youth for an international congregation. This unique position afforded me the opportunity to work with some...
APCE’s Educator of the Year: David Hoonjin Chai

APCE’s Educator of the Year: David Hoonjin Chai

By: The commitment and the dedication of David Hoonjin Chai, APCE’s 2013 Educator of the Year, for development of leadership in Asian American congregations is legendary. For the past 20 years, David has been a pioneer in the field of Christian education for the Asian...
Protecting children from a sexualized childhood

Protecting children from a sexualized childhood

By: Two decades ago, a friend recounted an unsettling dinnertime experience. Just as he put a forkful of spaghetti in his mouth in a busy restaurant, his 10-year-old daughter casually asked, “What’s a blow job?” My friend recalled how he had to first recover from...
Innovative children’s ministry happens where…

Innovative children’s ministry happens where…

By: My children’s summer highlight is vacation Bible school when 100 children and 70 adult volunteers come together for a memorable week of exciting activities and experiential Bible lessons. My children sing the VBS songs practically daily clear through Christmas....
Trends and innovations

Trends and innovations

By: Diana Butler Bass, Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. HarperOne, 2012. Church membership continues to plummet in America. Yet interest in the soul is rising. What’s behind this spiritual but not religious...