From the Archives: Living Better, Not Bitter

Debby MaddenFaith Nurture, From the Archives, Spiritual Practices

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives aimed at supporting you, the Educator, during this season of reflection, prayer and spiritual renewal. You may find a new idea or two for future Lenten programming, as well. Debby Madden’s article originally appeared in our Winter 2009 print issue. Looking for 2018 Annual Event workshop and video resources? Check here.   You shall not covet…anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:17 … Read More

Keeping it Simple

James TyrellFrom the Archives

During Lent we are publishing some great articles from our archives. This article was first published in the Winter 2009 edition.  Over the last three years, my wife and I have taken several steps to simplify our lives. The simplification we call retirement pushes us hard against one of the deep dreads of being a person, “Will I have enough?” Jesus takes a long, hard look at that anxiety during the Sermon on the Mount … Read More

From the Archives: Fear Not?

Brian BlountFrom the Archives

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives. As we struggle with the aftermath of another school shooting in the US, Brian Blount’s words from 2014 are relevant again. He reflected on fear as APCE looked toward the Annual Event in Baltimore. This article originally appeared in our September 2014 digital issue. Fear not! Yeah, right. Good advice. Unrealistic expectation. There is simply too much of which we are and, really, … 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

Musical Leadership for the Non-Musical

Catherine BrownFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print archives. You’ve agreed to lead an afterschool activity club at your church.  Then you realize that music is an expected component of the program.  You don’t play a musical instrument and singing has never been your strong point.  You panic and think about backing out of your commitment. Wait!  Before making that decision, please consider the following strategies and practical ideas that I have found useful in incorporating music … Read More

Let Everything that Breathes (or Drums or Jingles) Praise the Lord!

Martha Bettis GeeFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print edition archives! Praise God with trumpet sounds; Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with tambourine and dance; Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with clanging cymbals! Praise God with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:3-6) From an upright piano to a full pipe organ; from guitars and a bass and a full drum set to hand … Read More