A New Song: Secular Music in Ministry

Steve LindsleyUncategorized

As a grade-school kid, I have vivid memories of my father sitting at the foot of my bed at night, six-string guitar in hand, singing me to sleep with beautiful lullabies. They were not, however, typical bedtime fare. Leave it to my Dad to soothe me to sleep with The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals!  Somehow it worked, and I loved it. Not only did my dad … Read More

From the Archives: Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect

Al MulderFrom the Archives

In honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, we share this article from our archives, first printed in our quarterly journal in June 2012. How might storying be a part of your ministry today? Storying is the telling of our stories. Although “storying” is not in any dictionary, it is part of the vocabulary at Faith Alive Christian Resources. Storying was introduced to Faith Alive by D. John Lee, a psychologist at the Michigan … Read More

Get Ready for the Annual Event!

Julie HesterAnnual Event

Are you joining us in Louisville for the APCE Annual Event? Make sure to stop by the Advocate topic forum on Wednesday, January 31 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM (check your locator guide for the room.) Help us make this blog an even better resource for you and your ministry. Drop in and share your ideas for blog articles, topics, series and writers (yourself or someone else!) to help connect, enrich, empower and sustain educational ministry and practitioners. … Read More

Advent 4 and Christmas: Love

Joyce VanceLiturgical Year, Prayer, Spiritual Practices

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas: We blow out the candle of fear and light the candle of love. Lectionary texts: Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20 A child has been born! During the time of preparation, expectant parents have both joy and fear; hope and anxiety; confidence and doubt. What will the child be like? How will their world change when he or she is born? When will the arrival take place? Will the child be … Read More

Advent 3: Advent Joy

Tammy WiensLiturgical Year, Prayer, Spiritual Practices

Third Sunday of Advent: We blow out the candle of bitterness and light the candle of joy. Lectionary texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s song in Luke 1 is known as The Magnificat. This title grows out of a Latin tradition where titles assigned to segments of Scripture are based on the first word or line of the text. Magnificat is the Latin word for “magnify.” The lyrics of Mary’s song are a medley … Read More