Tag Archives: sunday school

12 Things Every Dad Should Say to His Kids

Memories with Dad live long and strong. Playing ball in the yard. Twirling in his arms. Wrestling in the living room. Fishing in the pond. Shooting hoops in the driveway. Dancing. Laughing. Racing. Working. Building. Biking. Living. Dads. One of the most important relationships in this life, because it wields such power to shape and […]

7 Things to Think about before Firing Your Pastor

This is the most painful subject I ever deal with (and I write about plenty of them). The very nature of church conflict demands that the pastor be found in the midst of the firestorm.  Sometimes, he is an innocent bystander, sometimes he inherited the problem, sometimes he is the problem and at all times […]

Why God Doesn’t Tell You What’s Next

I have spent a lot of my life trying to figure out what the next step looks like before it happens. I like to see the big picture. Not that I’m super organized or want to be fully prepared for what’s coming up ahead. I guess it is just more that I want to be […]

10 Books of the Bible You’ve Never Read, but Should

“I can’t understand it. It’s boring. It isn’t relevant to my life today.” Maybe you’ve heard these phrases before in conversations about certain books of the Bible. Or maybe, like me, you’ve even been guilty of thinking them yourself. Because let’s face it. Some books are more fun to read than others. Take the Psalms […]

Do You Owe Your Pastor an Apology?

Bob is the pastor of a small church in another state. The other day he told me what happened. First, as a layman he was put on the search committee to find the new preacher. Then, they elected him chairman of the team. And then, he began to gather information to present to prospective pastors. […]

How to Take Your Prayers to a New Level

Editor’s Note: Pastor Roger Barrier’s “Ask Roger” column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople, or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at [email protected]. Dear Roger, Is […]

8 Reasons We Don’t Read the Bible

My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school. Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God. I’m […]

Thinking and Things

I’m doing a lot of thinking – but have too many thoughts to process at the moment! So this blog is partly me processing those thoughts, and partly seeing what other people think too… My thoughts separate into two areas, and both come out of the Faithfull Generation project from Children Matter. What is Faithfull Generation? […]

10 Prayers for Your Children to Say

It’s much easier to tell our children to say their prayers than to guide them through the process. Praying out loud is a bold expression of faith. Though many of us feel comfortable praying out loud in a group, it’s hard for others to muster the courage to verbalize prayer even to our own children. […]

Why Does No One Go to Church in the Summertime?

I realize that you might be reading the title of this article and thinking, “I go to church in the summertime!” If you’re one of those rare people who attend church year round, or always find a church to attend when you’re on vacation, high five. But most pastors will tell you that church attendance […]

A Prayer for Unspoken Prayer Requests

When you have unspoken prayer requests, or others ask you to pray for their unspoken needs, how can you pray? What can you say that expresses the wordless cry for comfort, assurance, or hope? While God hears every groan we utter, here is a prayer you can use if you need help interceding for those […]

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

Okay, first let me say this: if you don’t have much time, just skip through what I’ve written below and go to the video at the end where Joni Eareckson Tada is interviewed by Todd Wagner. What Joni says in this video is more important than what I say below (though I wouldn’t say it […]

10 Questions Every Young Christian Must Ask Themselves

Scripture quotes, inspirational videos, and biblical musings on social media cannot replace the foundational truths of the Bible. We need to spend time in the Word to grow and mature in our faith. Ask yourself: Am I drawn more to the messages on social media than to God’s messages? Skip the temptation to turn to […]

Do We Really Need Unspoken Prayer Requests?

The other day I overheard some friends, fellow believers, bemoaning several problems in American evangelical church life. One of these was the tendency of some people, in a small group setting, to respond to a call for prayer requests by asking for prayer for an “unspoken” concern. My friends sighed in exasperation and rolled their […]