Last Sunday: Abraham, Father to All by Faith

Last Sunday, our Sojourn Kids’ God’s Story lesson was focused on Abraham, father of all true believers.  At each service, one of our teachers dressed up like Abraham and told Abraham’s story from Genesis 17-18, 21.   We closed out the class by having each “Father Abraham” lead the kids in singing “Father Abraham Had Many Sons.”  If you haven’t already, ask your kids about Abraham.   Talk to them about how God kept his promise to Abraham by saving all peoples through Jesus.  Hope to see you again this week!

VBS:The Race Photos on Flickr

Thanks to Emily Vaughn for these great pics from VBS and tons more on Flickr.

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Here is the August Memory Verse for All Sojourn Kids:

John 15: 12.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Family Friday: Family Crest

To best illustrate and symbolize each person’s personality in your family, have them each choose a living creature (lion, eagle, ox, gazelle, tiger, spider, dragonfly, etc.) or plant (sagebrush, daisy, heather, rose, oak tree, lily, wheat stalk, pine tree, apple tree, etc.) or some other object (lighthouse, book , rock, hammer, shield, electric guitar).  In the same way, choose symbols in these categories that best represent your family as a whole.  Research the meaning of your family name or your family heritage and try to represent it visually and symbolically.

Look up heraldry online, and design your own family coat of arms, or individual crests, that will incorporate the symbols you’ve chosen  You can illustrate all this on posters, or make a family banner using cloth fragments or old sheets and towels.

**I [Jared] did this for a school project as a kid.  My coat of arms included a Georgia Tech yellow jacket and our high school mascot.  This can be a really fun and artistic family project.

From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009).  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to

Thursday Book Club: Curriculum for Education

Daniel J. Estes, Hear, My Son: Teaching & Learning in Proverbs 1-9, (Inter-Varsity Press, 1997), 174 pages.

It has been several weeks since I worked through the third chapter of Hear, My Son.  Over the next month or so, I’ll finish out this volume.  Estes’ fourth chapter unpacks the curriculum for education.  He gives three sources:

  • Observation of the physical environment.
  • Tradition mediated by a teacher
  • Divine Revelation

Observation. In 6:6-8, the ant is used as an object lesson.  The teacher appeals to the learner to physically observe his environment, observe it, and learn from it.  Similarly, in 5:15-20, the teacher directs the learner to personal observation of the “satisfaction of sexual intimacy in marriage as a preventative against the allurement of the strange woman” (98).  The learner is to see that wise ways are part of the very structure of creation.

Tradition. Estes believes that the “predominant source of knowledge in Proverbs 1-9 is mediated through tradition communicated by the teacher.”  Our Student and Family Ministry team’s discussion of this book centered around the axiom: “The teacher is the curriculum.”  It is important to remember that students learn most from who we are and what we teach through our words and actions taken as a whole.  This can be more important than the actual content in our lesson books or the greatness of their craft project.

Divine Revelation. Since the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, the curriculum for education must find its ultimate source in Him and his words.  God himself provides the unity of truth found in creation, tradition, and his Word.  And his Word provides the clearest and most orderly explanation of it all.