Can a Knife Fight Begin a Work of Grace?

Can a Knife Fight Begin a Work of Grace?

Right in the middle of gospel renewal training, a potentially deadly fight breaks out. But that isn’t surprising. Often the advance of the gospel in the church and though out the world exposes hidden sin. That’s part of the power of the gospel. Sin exposed presents an open door for old wounds and the Evil […]

By Josiah Bancroft on April 29, 2015

Jesus’ Peculiar Friends: How Strangers Became Sisters

Jesus’ Peculiar Friends: How Strangers Became Sisters

Priya came to the door without the caliper on her leg. Using one arm, she dragged her withered leg across the floor. She opened the door with her free hand and remarked through the cold, “You’re a day early.” This place was to be my home for the next two years. I went to sleep […]

By M.E. Czentnar on April 23, 2015

5 Signs of Individualism

5 Signs of Individualism

In Western culture, individualism is like a windshield or a pair of glasses. We’re so used to “seeing through” it that we don’t even see it. Sometimes, we need some help to recognize how our self-centeredness actually manifests itself — and how it may be getting in our way. Below are a few signs of […]

By Serge on April 22, 2015

Feeling Empty Yet Called to Serve

Feeling Empty Yet Called to Serve

In the late 1970s, my husband, Josiah, and I spent his seminary internship in a sunny Florida city. A regular part of Josiah’s responsibilities was to take care of all who came to the church seeking help. One afternoon he arrived at our apartment with a homeless man, a paranoid schizophrenic who needed a shower, […]

By Barbara Bancroft on April 21, 2015

On Futility and the Spirit

On Futility and the Spirit

Tuesday I ended up covering ICU for the day and night. My colleague signed out the sickest babies in the hospital to me. One, little F, was a 9 month old with Down Syndrome, congenital heart disease, a serious bacterial infection, and a marginal prognosis. But when she had seemed to be imminently dying the […]

By Jennifer Myhre on April 21, 2015

Helping Teens with their "Me-View"

Helping Teens with their "Me-View"

A Christian worldview isn’t all our teenagers need. Where can they learn a truly empowering view of self? My family and I are about to set aside our typical practice of reading a Bible passage and discussing it for family devotions. Instead, we plan to take several months to read, study and discuss the Heidelberg Catechism […]

By Jack Klumpenhower on April 17, 2015

Does Teaching the 10 Commandments Make Kids Legalists?

Does Teaching the 10 Commandments Make Kids Legalists?

Some teachers post the Ten Commandments to make a statement about moral values. Others, to nag students into obedience. My reason is altogether different. Readers of Show Them Jesus will know that every year I keep a running list on the wall of my Sunday school classroom. I call it “the longest list in church,” […]

By Jack Klumpenhower on April 15, 2015

Four Steps for Parenting by Grace

Four Steps for Parenting by Grace

Serge has a long history of equipping parents and teachers to care for children. During their time in Spain in the early 1980’s, Jack and Rose Marie Miller prayed for the particular needs of parents. This praying inspired Jack to write this letter to Christian parents on the nurture and discipline of small children. Labor […]

By Jack Miller on April 13, 2015

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9 As a child of God your very nature is to be a peacemaker. A peacemaker is one who brings others together or who comes closer to others in a spirit of reconciliation, willing to risk being hurt in order to be […]

By Jack Miller on April 10, 2015

Why I Have No Home

Why I Have No Home

I grew up as a missionary kid. I have no home. Oh, I had a house to live in during my childhood. The photo above, taken in 1970, shows my brother and me playing in the front yard. It was a sprawling, creaky, wooden house with sixteen rooms if you include the basement that was […]

By Jack Klumpenhower on April 07, 2015