Month: May 2012

  • The Bible is Rated R

    If you’ve read the Bible, you will notice that if someone were to make an all-out accurate portrayal of it on the big screen, it would easily be rated R or worse.  From the nakedness of Adam and Eve in the garden to the brutally violent crucifixion of Jesus, the Bible is one of the…

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  • Now Bring Me This!

    Here’s a game I learned from my friend Brandon Rushin.  The game is called “Now Bring Me This.” Kids love it!  And it’s perfect for 2 kids or over 1,000 kids (not many games can do that).  So you can use it in a classroom, in a Children’s Church service, at camp, in a youth group,…

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  • How and Why I Got Into Juggling

    This is by far the most common question posed to me.  The second most common is, “Have you ever juggled a chainsaw?” (if you’re wondering, here’s your answer). Most kids these days discover their life calling/passion around ages 11-12 (as I did).  So go encourage a preteen today in whatever their interests might be. I…

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  • Bird’s Eye View of Juggling

    One of my summer interns, Forrest, made this demo video.  I like how it shows a bird’s eye view of juggling.  Enjoy!

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  • Get in the Game!

    Each summer, I get to speak at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Camp in Cedar Hill, TX.  Each week of camp is packed with about 1,000 kids and 200 adult leaders (not to mention all the staff all over the campground).  Their theme this summer is “Get in the Game”, tapping into the exciting narrative of the…

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  • Should Kids in Church Be Beliebers?

    He’s been around for centuries: the teen boy idol.  He just takes on a new face and name every 3-5 years.  The current post-holder?  Justin Bieber. As of this writing, he has over 22 MILLION followers on Twitter (surpassed by a relatively small margin by only one other Twitter user, Lady Gaga).  That’s more than…

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  • Be a Kid

    In the words of my friend Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, try something bold and outrageous today.  Hope this encourages you this weekend:

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  • Kids in Church: Children’s Service or Adult Service?

    Think of all the “all-ages” events we go to in this life: baseball games, community festivals, museums, parks, shopping, concerts, movies, zoos, many restaurants, and volunteering in the community. Then there’s church – and in most churches, the first thing parents do when they arrive is check their kids into a parallel universe of Sunday…

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    I am happy to announce that my PhD dissertation has been published to ProQuest, an academic database for published research. I have made the dissertation open source, which means anyone anywhere can access the full content free of charge. Here is the full dissertation: Please share far and wide. I am very much excited…

  • The Easiest Large Group Game Ever
    The Easiest Large Group Game Ever

    This is probably the easiest large group game ever invented.  If you can think of an easier one, please let me know in the comments. Heads or Tails! This game of heads or tails involves EVERYONE in your large group.  It is actually better the larger the group gets.  There is an elimination factor to…

  • Out of the Mouths of Children

    “Out of the Mouths of Children” Sermon from Sunday, April 21, 2024 Dr. Jesse Joyner *Scripture passages are from the NIV unless otherwise noted. Matthew 21:6 “…and they said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and…

  • Not a Single Bone Shall Be Broken

    Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar. I would like to share a Good Friday reflection with you. Thank you for reading… When I speak at children’s events, I tell the story of Jesus and his ministry on earth. I point out that Jesus was the only human in history who lived a perfect…

  • From the Lips of Children

    Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day of the Christian calendar where we celebrate the Triumphal Entry, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while the crowd shouted “Hosanna!” That means, “Save!” The choice of donkey versus a horse demonstrates that Jesus is the humble king. But there is another detail of this story that…