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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Silly Rabbit, Easter's Not for Kids

In an excellent post, Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Executive Director of the Henry Institute relates how the mind set on the things of this world relates to the Gospel message. It recoils, it is embarrassed, and it seeks to gloss the truth to make it more palatable. This is the mind careening toward liberalism; and while it reaches out to shield its hearers from the scandal of the cross it actually pushes them toward destruction. It is the “Enlightened” mind that scoffs at the wisdom of the cross (Acts 17:32; 1 Corinthians 1:21). Thanks to Kingdom People for bringing this one to my attention.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jesus was dead, and I mean really dead, on a cross, but he's not anymore.

That's how my son Timothy, a few years ago when he was three, explained to neighbors why he was so excited about Easter. No one referred me to a therapist, or to a cognitive development seminar. Those around me didn't see the horror of what I was doing to my children. Neither did I.

We didn't know that the Gospel, like Ginsu knives and blood pressure medicine, ought to be kept out of the reach of small children.

At least that's what one church was told recently, by a publisher of children's Sunday school curricula, according to Two Institutions, a blog about family and church matters.

The pastors at this church in Raleigh, North Carolina, were perplexed when they saw the Holy Week Sunday school lessons for preschoolers from "First Look," the publisher of the one to five year-old Sunday school class materials. There wasn't a mention of the resurrection of Jesus. Naturally, the pastors inquired about the oversight. It turns out it was no oversight.

The letter sent from the publishing company is up on the Two Institutions blog website. I had to read it three times to make sure I wasn't falling for a Lark News parody. It turns out this publisher has decided that the Gospel is too scary for preschoolers.

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