Seeking Distributors

So, you’ve read a little about our book, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. Maybe you own your own copy (there’s still time to buy one – or more. Click here.). Now, I would like your assistanCIC coverce in getting the word out. If you are a book distributor, or if you know one, please contact the sales folks at Building Faith Families. They are working on the bulk distribution schemes right now.

International friends can help by contacting Book Depository and requesting that they carry the book. We believe in the message of this book and would to have it distributed widely.

Thank you for your help.

Book Reviews

Retired Army Chaplain Gary Sexton had a chance to read Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. Here’s how he describes the book:

CIC coverIf you are a parent or grandparent seeking insight into contributing to the memory of your little one; if you are a pastor or church volunteer wanting perspective and practical help for the faith formation of the next generation of the Church, you will find both in Curt and Sandra Lovelace’s ministry to the one’s for whom Jesus had a special regard. This book is an investment in future believer testimonies celebrating that “my earliest memories are of my time in God’s house, with God’s people, under the teaching of God’s Word, knowing God’s presence in my life.”

Children in Church balances biblical rationale for inter-generational worship with practical tools for assisting families in the vital task of rearing children in “the fear and admonition of the Lord.” The Lovelaces  demonstrate compassionate sensitivity to a thorny issue in congregational life: “What about the children?” The forthrightly acknowledge the challenge of responding to the need for “doing all things decently and in order” while fulfilling covenant responsibilities to “forbid them not.”

To read the entire review, click here.

To get your own copy (or copies) of Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship, click here.

Children in Church would make a nice gift to friends and family as well as pastors, teachers, and other leaders.

Seeking Distributors

Dear International Friends,

It wCIC coverould be a great help to us if you would contact your book distributors and ask them to stock Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. Tell them it is available through Building Faith Families at http://www.demmelearning.com/. Thank you.

The direct purchase page is here.

We believe in the message of this book and would like to get it into people’s homes all over the world.

Reading and Writing

Grammar Man to the Rescuefeather20pen20clipart

It’s almost Baseball regular season and Darin Shaw  has some words of wisdom for us regarding – grammar?

(Call this a getting ready for the start of baseball season edition.)

“Playing right field, number 18, Shane Victorino!”

You know what happens next. The sound system thunders out the Flyin’ Hawaiian’s walk-up music. Then thousands of voices unite to sing along with Bob Marley, the familiar refrain, “Every little things is gonna be alright!”

But wait! Is it alright? Or is it all right? And with this potential grammar gaff–can anything be all right or alright ever again? This is a job for … Grammar Man!

The entire piece can be read here. Thanks Darin.

 

Westboro Baptist Church and Me

thFred Phelps, founding “pastor” of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, has died. A few years ago I had a little interaction with this group. We had an email exchange, which is quoted in its entirety here. Just as a little introduction to the graciousness of this bunch (not), here is the final sentence of their response to me:

Thanks for writing. You’re going to Hell, have a nice day!

Not a nice group. I pray that they will reform, or disband, now that the founder is gone.

Book Excerpt

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We understand the pattern of having families together in corporate worship is not something every congregation or set of parents has witnessed for themselves. It can be rather disconcerting to try to create a model out of nothing (except, of course, if you are God). It is easy to say that children should be included in worship, but it is another thing altogether to consider the pros and cons and figure out how it is supposed to happen.

(Children in Church, p. 20)

To purchase this book click here.

Reading and Writing

Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Chameleon. 

In a recent edition of Intelligent Life magazine, I read the following interesting introduction to the issue of punctuation. The entire article is well worth reading for punctuation geeks and writers of all definition.

feather20pen20clipartIn the beginning was the word, and each word was without spaces from one to the next. No wonder stone carvers didn’t write novels. A librarian in Alexandria in the third century BC is credited with being the first to use a system of high, intermediate and subordinate dots to instruct readers to pause and breathe – early punctuation was intended to help us with reading aloud; the silent reader came later. Much of it still does that job. Brackets are for a muttered aside; question marks denote inflection as much as interrogation. A few marks, the apostrophe and ampersand among them, stand in for something more long winded.

To read the entire article click here.

I wonder. What, dear readers and writers, is your favorite form of punctuation?

Book Excerpt

CIC cover Our belief is that families need to be prepared to enrich the worshiping body of Christ, and the worshiping community should be prepared to incorporate families. When these two aspects are in place, they foster a spirit and a life yielded to God in each member and contribute to the true gospel message being displayed as a light on a hill.

(Children in Church, p. 9)

To get your very own copy (or copies) of this book, please click here.

Book Review

Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries wrote of the manuscript for Children in Church: NurturinCIC coverg Hearts of Worship,

 I recently asked a well-respected evangelical leader about the statistics of the number of young adults walking away from the church. He said, ” I don’t think they’ve ever been in church…” He’s right. If we want to reclaim the rapid growth and enthusiasm of the early church we must figure out how to make church more like a family reunion and less like an adults-only club. Curt and Sandra show how it can be done – with purpose and relaxed joy – in a way that restores the hearts of the older to the younger and the hearts of both to a God who delights in children.

Jeff Myers, Ph.D. President

Summit Ministries

Reading and Writing

Three Views of Everything

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If you have looked at the first few entries on this new website, you have probably discerned that one of the themes is “Reading and Writing.” As my wife and I embark on a journey of more writing and publishing, we want to read good things and write good things. Sharing them with our own readers is one good way to keep us motivated.

Today’s brief book review is on a book titled Three Views of Everything.

Ellis Potter, an old friend, wrote this fascinating littlebook.  (Go to  http://www.ellispotter.com/3-theories-of-everything.html to learn more). This is a book about worldview (shudder!). These days, we read and hear a lot about worldview. There are worldview camps and worldview books, and worldview seminars, and worldview ministries, and worldview websites. Just what is a worldview?

  • The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
  • A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.

John Calvin explained once that there are two things of which we must have understanding if we are to have an authentic, comprehensive world view: “First, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped; and, secondly, the source from which salvation is to be obtained.” (Selected Works of John Calvin, p. 126).

This is what The Ellis (which is how  refer to Mr. Potter) is attempting to explain to us. He’s done so admirably. Readers seem to agree. In fact, he commented to me that, “Reviews have come in from two 13 year olds and one truck driver, so I guess the book is for everyone.”

The Ellis is different. This book is different, too. I’ve read numerous books on this thing called “worldview.” Few describe the situation like this: “In terms of world views, there is one-ism, two-ism, and three-ism.” (p. 2). He does explain, along the way, that many folks refer to these categories of thought as Monism, Dualism, and Trinitarianism.

The last section of this book is particularly valuable (which is not to compare the other portions of the book in an unfavorable light). Titled simply, “45 Questions,” this segment of the whole deals with representative questions The Ellis has heard over the years. Of course, he also provides answers. He wrote to me “Answering a lot of questions in this book was supposed to save time, but it has actually gotten worse.”  He recognizes, of course,  the necessity of continuing to ask questions, for he also states “Of the asking of questions there is, thankfully, no end.  It is part of what keeps us alive and human.”

To read a fuller review click here.