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The Friday Bag of Books, Blogs, and Swimsuit Issues

I’ve been absent from this site for a few weeks.   But I’m still here!   No worries.   Today I’d like to share some of what’s been going on in and around my reading over the past few weeks.   From books to blogs to magazines:

BLOG: If you’ve ever worked with curriculum of any sorts (good or bad), then you need to add your two cents to the discussion happening at www.childrensministryonline.com Listen as Kenny rails against the system, or the man, or the whatever you want to call it… It’s blogging at it’s best.   An Open letter to Curriculum Publishers. In true Kenny Conley fashion, it’s about 10 posts long; but worth every minute of reading.

BOOK: I’m not sure how this has slipped my reading over the years, but somehow I’ve just now found myself reading through The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School by Aaron Reynolds.   This book is blowing my little teaching mind right now.     At risk of sounding like a total tool, I’ll say that I’m a pretty comfortable storyteller and public speaker; but Aaron’s book has been really challenging my setup and structure for teaching kids the Bible.   I’m reading through it right now with my Elementary Ministry Coordinator, and it’s really been fantastic!

BLOG: Sam Luce and I have a little ministry secret.   I’ll let the cat out of the bag…we’re both recovering Pentecostals.   That being said, he might have some Holy Spirit blogging gold on his hands with some new posts on the Holy Spirit this week.   Check it out:
The Role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Child
What is the Holy Spirit’s role in Children’s Ministry

MAGAZINE: I electronically opted out of the swimsuit issue in Sports Illustrated.   I didn’t tell my wife, but when she got the card telling us that we would be missing this issue; it turned into a great gift that she still talks about today.   Do it guys, just do it.

BOOK & BLOG: Henry has hosted a special Think Orange blogging tour over the past week.   Go to www.ElementalCM.com and see what everyone else is saying about what I’ve already said a ton about!

BLOG: Warning: Shameless Self-Promotion!!!!     My wife is the editor for our church’s women’s ministry blog.   Anyways, she wrote something nice about me and my daughter for Valentines Week.   The Love of a Father

I’m out.   Now go back to something more important.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Wayne Stocks · February 12, 2010

    I loved the Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School. I’m not sure I’ve read another book on Children’s Ministry so packed full of useful and practical ideas. It is also well written and engaging.
    .-= Wayne Stocks ´s last blog ..#19 Point Everything in the Same Direction (Tips For Large Group Teaching) =-.

  2. Kenny · February 13, 2010

    So many remarks I can make about this post.

    “Rails against the system?” I thought it was just an open letter. Ha! Hmmm, sorry to disappoint, it probably won’t be a 10 post series. :)

    Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School. Pure Gold!

    You and Sam as recovering Pentecostals? Most people probably don’t know I’m a closet Charismatic. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. :)

    Swimsuit Issue? You just put that in your post title so you’d get a lot of blog traffic, huh? Going to be a lot of disappointed men visiting your site. Ha!

    Good stuff man… you should post more often!