Articles by Rick Edwards

Dad, “Be” Before You “Do”

Father’s Day should be a time of reflection for those who love and honor their dads, but it should be a time of reflection for Fathers as well. Speaking as a dad who has more than his share of failures, I’d like to encourage all dads out there to focus their energies on BEING before…

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Are We Fablizing the Stories of the Bible?

Most of us are familiar with fables. A fable is typically a short story, often (but not always) involving animals as characters, that conveys a moral lesson. Aesop’s Fables* are among the most familiar. Who isn’t familiar with the tale of The Tortoise and the Hare? Steady perseverance can overcome impetuous speed. Such fables can…

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Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman

The fun title and light-hearted cover design of Parenting in the Pew disguise both the breadth and substance of its wonderful content. So don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only relevant to you if you have young (school-aged) children. And certainly don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not worth every penny you invest in purchasing…

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Sustainable Children’s Ministry by Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom

Are you responsible for leading the children’s ministry in your church? Yes? Then read Sustainable Children’s Ministry. It will change your ministry and your life, unless you’re the “rare bird” out there who has it all together and feels there’s no room for improvement in your ministry. (Even then it’s likely that things aren’t going…

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Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Allen and Christine Ross

Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship by Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross is an important book. Anyone with an interest in helping people of ANY age grow in Christ should read it. The typical church in North America today with its age-segregated paradigm needs to rethink its…

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Maundy Thursday

“Maundy Thursday” is the annual day when many Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ final meal (the Last Supper or Lord’s Supper). It is observed on the Thursday before Resurrection (Easter) Sunday (the day before Good Friday). Many church traditions don’t do anything particular to recognize the day. Consequently, many inside and outside the church are…

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Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday)

All four Gospels tell us about Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry,” the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a young donkey. Only John, however, tells us that particular Sunday was the Sunday before Jesus’ crucifixion. That places the event at the beginning of Jesus’ final week before his death, resurrection, and eventual ascension. We call this final week…

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The Passover Festival

The Passover Festival or celebration is central to a biblical understanding of who Jesus was and what He did. The Passover originated when God passed over the land of Egypt and took the life of “every firstborn male in the land” (Ex. 11:5). In order to escape this final judgment on Egypt, each Hebrew household…

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Is Easter Associated with a Pagan Holiday?

It is not uncommon to hear claims that the name “Easter” originated from a pagan celebration. Such accusations often (but not always) come from those wishing to discredit, in some way, Christianity in general and the resurrection of Jesus specifically. It is virtually impossible to avoid the use of “Easter” in any discussion of the…

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