Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood

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Welcoming Children develops a theology of childhood both from a theological perspective and from practical experience in children and youth ministry. The author draws insights from classic and modern feminist theologians, pastoral theologians, and contemporary cultural criticism to offer strategies for educational and liturgical practices in congregations that welcome children and contribute to their flourishing. Read more

Unless You Become Like This Child

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In one of the last books written before his death, the great theologian von Balthasar provides a moving and profound meditation on the theme of spiritual childhood. Somewhat startlingly, von Balthasar puts forth his conviction that the central mystery of Christianity is our transformation from world-wise, self-sufficient “adults” into abiding children of the Father of Read more

Unfinished Business: Children and the Churches

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Are we quick to react angrily when children are abused or mistreated, but slow to create safe communities in which they can grow and flourish? The Consultative Group on Ministry among Children issued two earlier reports on The Child in the Church and Understanding Christian Nurture which were much used and appreciated. There still remains Read more

Understanding God’s Heart for Children: Toward a Biblical Framework

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“Children create sanity in a mad world. They draw us back from our self-destructive habits of overwork, abuse, neglect, and callousness, and instead they bring tenderness, joy, and play.” Patrick McDonald, Viva Network. With all the knowledge and technology our world collectively has, why are children everywhere being neglected? This book reminds readers that children Read more

Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World

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There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on Read more

The Way of the Lamb: The Spirit of Childhood and the End of the Age

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‘Everywhere outside of Christianity, the child is automatically sacrificed.’ von Balthasar In the pre-Christian world, children were slain on pagan altars, and now, in the post-Christian world of the affluent West, children are again the object of adult hostility. In the U.S.A. the abuse of children has been called a “national emergency”, while in almost Read more

The Spirit of the Child

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A thorough and revealing examination of the spiritual potential of children Today the search for plausible faith and belief is growing apace, despite the decline of institutional religion. Children still emerge from infancy with a spiritual awareness that is richly open and creative, yet the world which receives them is often destructive of this dimension Read more

The Mystery of the Child

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Much of today’s writing on children treats the child of any age as a problem or a set of problems to be solved, effectively reducing the child to a complex of biological and chemical factors, explainable in scientific terms, or regarding children as objects of adult control. In contrast, Martin Marty here presents the child Read more

The Child in the Bible

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In this volume nineteen biblical scholars collaborate to provide an informed and focused treatment of biblical perspectives on children and childhood. Looking at the Bible through the “lens” of the child exposes new aspects of biblical texts and themes. Some of the authors focus on selected biblical texts — Genesis, Proverbs, Mark, and more — Read more

The Bible: A Child’s Playground

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The issue of teaching children the Bible remains a distressing and perplexing problem for many. We have observed with discomforting frequency that many adults want first to know how to teach children the Bible without considering what the task is and without asking why do it. Any problems that we may face in teaching children Read more