98. Sharing the Gospel with Kids

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Dave, Tim, and Andy sit down to discuss how to go about sharing the Gospel with kids.

Andy shares two articles from church leaders who advocate for not sharing the Gospel with children at all.  They say it’s too violent; that the Gospel shows God to be an advocate of child sacrifice, and that the good news of Jesus is just plain developmentally inappropriate for kids.   Dave and Tim share their expertise on how to respond to such objections, as well as how to best share the Gospel with little ones.

Show Links:

“How To (and not to) Talk to Kids About Easter)” – Article

“Protect Children from the Violence of the Cross” – Article

“How to Teach the Crucifixion… even to Preschoolers” – Article Shared by Dave

Teaching the Faith at Home: What does this Mean?  How is this Done? – Dave’s Book

“Who is Serving in your Service?” – Reconnect Episode 30

“Keep the Kids in the Church Service?” – Dave’s Last Reconnect Episode

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82. Keep the Kids in the Church Service?

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Andy has David Rueter, the Director of the Director of Christian Education Program at Concordia University Irvine, and Jonathan Pratt as guest on this episode of Reconnect to share their thoughts on why it’s beneficial to the Body of Christ to have kids in church services, no matter how young, or how noisy they might be, and why it’s detrimental if we keep them separated.

Anna Mussmann’s article, “Four Reasons It Is Good Your Kids Are Being Too Noisy In Church”, provides a framework for their conversation, as well as research data from David’s Concordia Publishing House book, Teaching The Faith At Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done?.

Show Links

Anna Mussmann’s Article – “Four Reason It Is Good Your Kids Are Being Too Noisy In Church”

David Rueter’s Book – Teaching The Faith At Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done?

“Children Are Not Welcome In The Church Service”

Jonathan Pratt’s “Criteria For Discernment In Hymn Selection”

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