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Jack and the Genetically Engineered Beanstalk

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Cartoon of Jack and the Beanstalk. The caption says, “Jack realizes he should thank his friends in genetic engineering.”

This just shows no matter how successful you are, you always have somebody to thank. You can thank your friends in the science community, or just The Academy!

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Why We Need More Unorthodox Children’s Ministry Teachers

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Spear 1388 300x267 Why We Need More Unorthodox Childrens Ministry TeachersStandardized tests have become the bane of school teachers for a good reason. It’s difficult being creative when you are hammering your students with facts and figures for the next critical test.

Thankfully, standardized tests haven’t come to children’s ministry. Now there is a need for scripture memorization and biblical literacy. However, we must balance the need for knowledge with the need for creative storytelling.  Children’s ministry workers need to remember when we tell a story creatively, it can bring the lesson to life.

We are all wired to tell and hear stories. After all, Jesus taught in parables as he also taught the scriptures.

As I look my old cartoon, I’m wondering what Bible story would involve sword swallowing. I’m not encouraging any student or teacher to take up sword swallowing. I’ll leave that up the professionals like Mrs. Jones. All the same, if you had the opportunity to use a sword swallower, which Bible story would you think could fit the bill?

Cartoon of a guy on the Parent's Cliche Hotline. He says on a phone, "Try this classic. 'You keep making this face, and it'll stay that way!'"

Searching for parenting cliches

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I drew this before the Internet was a staple. It is so much easier to Google a good cliché now. A few that caught my eye were…

When I was a kid, I swore I would never use some of the clichés my parents used on me. That promise lasted until my first-born was old enough to talk. My favorite cliché became, “Someday, when you’re older, you’ll understand.” The problem with that one is I’m still waiting to be old enough to understand what’s going on. Who wants to admit that to your child? Not me!

Clichés are so useful because they deal with universal problems. They’re just too easy to use. What are some clichés you’ve caught yourself saying?

The illustrator, author and cartoonist site of Kevin Spear

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