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Articles by Rick Edwards

“Sweetheart, You Really Need to Read This Book…” Fight For Her by Plumb

I’ll confess that when I received a copy of Fight For Her by Plumb my expectations weren’t that high. Not that I didn’t think she was capable. But, my training and interests are in biblical studies. I love to read theology. And, I’m a guy. The prospect of reading a book by a mom for…

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“Beautifully Broken” Delivers Hope and Insight

When it comes to contemporary Christian music, Plumb (Tiffany Lee) has been at it longer than many and that’s a testimony to the quality of her work. She’s still making great music and with Beautifully Broken she seems to be honing in on a consistent (and powerful) message that she’s communicating through her music as…

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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. It’s better to…

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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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