A Sacred Duty: 3 Ways We Can Catechize Our Children

I have been called many things in my life: a good soldier, solid worker, a model employee, and even a good husband. Those things are great and admirable, but they fail in comparison to my favorite title: dad. The Lord has blessed my wife and I with four awesome children, but with raising children there is much responsibility.

At this point you are probably thinking that I am stating the obvious. After all, as parents we have to feed, clothe, and provide shelter for our family. These are great responsibilities and should not be minimized, but there is an enormous responsibility not on the above list. As parents we are also called to catechize out children. Let’s be honest about something: the church is losing young people in droves. I was recently listening to the Word on Fire podcast, and in a past episode Bishop Baron said that for every person that enters the church there are six who leave.

You can read the rest of my article on Epicpew here.

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Book Review: God Made the World

Children are an incredible blessing that must be cherished and nourished.  Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  One way that a parent can instill Christian values with their children is by teaching them while they are young.  In reality thee is no age to young to start teaching children about the faith.

I recently had the opportunity to review a new book by Kregel Publications titled God Made the World.  It is a very art filled, and colorful book aimed at small children, even babies.  The book consists of six pages with each having a very colorful picture to grab the child’s attention.  The last page of the book has a plastic mirror affixed to it with the phrase “and God made me!”  The book is a cloth crinkle book so it is aimed at 1-3 year olds.  The crinkle pages double as a toy as well as a book.  Though the book itself is short it assists the parents in telling the truth about creation.  God made everything, including the precious child it is being read to.  It will help instill the love that God has for the child at an early age.

You can purchase the book here

[Note:  This book was received free of charge from Kregel Publications for an honest review.}

Book Review: The Beginners Bible- Stories About Jesus

[Note:  I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.]

For this review I take a break from academic, purely theological, and church history works to focus on a children’s book.  I have four young children, and my youngest two are three years old.  The book is small enough for their small hands to hold, and the pages are nice and thick which is great for durability.

As the title suggests, the book contains short form stories about Jesus that are easy for children to understand.  The illustrations in this book are also excellent.  They are colorful, vibrant, and assistant the young reader in understanding the stories.  The colorful pages also help keep the attention of the youngest among us.

Many children’s Bibles are quite large in comparison to their target demographic, but this one is an exception.  It is small enough to be carried anywhere and will not take up much room.  I recommend this book for young toddlers.  It is a great way to introduce them to the ministry of Christ.

The book can be purchased at http://www.zondervan.com/the-beginner-s-bible-stories-about-jesus-2

 

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