For your edification, take time to see how the creator of Veggie Tales has become more biblical, how women are needed as teachers in the church, and how you can use Halloween as means of evangelism.
From Larry and Bob to Moses and the Prophets. When I first became a Christian, I loved Veggie Tales. As embarrassing as it is to say, at age 17, when I came to Christ, Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato helped inform my young faith. Fast forward a decade and Biblical Theology had replaced cartoon Christianity in my life. So long Veggie Tales.
Surprisingly, the creator of Veggie Tales himself had a similar ‘conversion.’ And now Phil Vischer, the brilliant creator of the original series, has moved from veggie-mation to biblical theology, as well. Listen to Matt Smethurst’s conversation with him and you will hear Vischer say things like this:
I launched Bob and Larry back in 1993, and personally oversaw each video release and product until 2003, when a lawsuit forced the company into bankruptcy and out of my hands. God turned what seemed like a tremendous loss into a huge blessing, as I was given time and space to get off the VeggieTales “treadmill” and just focus on him. As my relationship with God grew deeper and my love of the Bible increased, a profound thought hit me: Had I just spent 10 years trying to get kids to behave “Christianly” without actually teaching them Christianity?
You can read the whole thing here: Veggie Tales Creator Brings Gospel-Centered, Biblical Theology to Kids. What a joy it is to see Vischer’s moralistic talking vegetables overtaken by the story of the Bible itself.
Women Teaching Women. Jen Wilkin makes a compelling case addressed to pastors for enlisting and encouraging women to teach other women in the church. In the model of Titus 2, Jen gives four reasons why pastors needs women teachers, and three ways women teachers need thoughtful pastors. Here’s her outline.
- She is an example you cannot be.
- She brings a perspective you cannot bring.
- She holds an authority you cannot hold.
- She sees needs you do not see (and that your wife probably doesn’t see, either).
- She needs you to affirm her.
- She needs you to sharpen her.
- She needs you to cover her.
Now, pastors, lets pray for God to raise up godly women to teach in our churches.
Halloween Is An Easy Way to Witness. While many Christians pull back on this dark holiday, it actually is a great way to make connections with unchurched neighbors. This Halloween our church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event, but for Christians ‘trick or treating’ can be great evangelistic event. Consider these five tips from Brian McCormack and the Verge Network.
- Check Your Conscience
- When People Knock, Answer.
- Visit Every House On Your Block.
- Be Creative.
- Pray A Lot.
Read the rest here.
Reading a Genealogy. Adam Embry, pastor and author of a few books on practical theology (Help! I Can’t Get Motivated and An Honest and Well-Experienced Heart : The Piety of John Flavel ), has a helpful piece on how to read a geneaology. If Genesis 5, Matthew 1, or 1 Chronicles 1-9 stumps you, take a look at reflections.