Please! No “Santa Baby!”

cartoon of a man saying to a guitar player, "For Christmas worship, don't you dare play, 'Santa Baby!'"I can’t help it. I love Christmas music, especially this time of the year. But Santa Baby is one Christmas song I have grown to despise. You may like it, and that is fine with me. Just please, PLEASE don’t play it in front of me one more time. If you do, I’ll have to drown it out with Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer!

Getting to know you!

Cartoon of a man looking into a telescope. Another man says, "Maybe we would know about the neighborhood if we get out among them."
Copyright © 2017 Kidzmatter & Kevin Spear

There is a lot of fear out there of our neighbors. It’s a low-level fear for most neighborhoods. In other neighborhoods, there may be legitimate fear because of crime rates and past experiences. At the same time, there appears to be a lot of loneliness. What would happen if we began reaching out again? Maybe we would find we have much more in common than we thought.

I drew this for Kidzmatter Magazine.

Volunteering for the money

Cartoon of a burglar who says, "I'd love to volunteer, but I only want to count the money."
I’ve heard it said that it takes a leader to motivate paid staff, but it takes a real leader to motivate volunteers. That’s why I believe one of the best leaders I’ve seen is my wife. I have seen her cast vision, inspire and motivate children’s ministry volunteer staff at three churches. 

At none of the churches have I seen a guy like the burglar in this cartoon. He would not be allowed to rock babies or make crafts with the preschoolers. Besides, he wouldn’t pass the background check!

I drew this for the October 2017 Church of God e-newsletter.

Hold the hummus, please!

Cartoon of a pastor saying to a man, "If you think it needs, hummus, you're missing the point of communion."

There are some traditions that shouldn’t be messed with. In a church, it’s probably okay to allow coffee in a sanctuary. (I know I’m biased on this one). If you are in the middle of the deep southern United States, and the church can afford air conditioning, it’s probably a good idea to allow that change to happen. But one needs to be prudent when making changes.  Continue reading “Hold the hummus, please!”

Children’s Ministry and Church Signs

Church sign that says, "New Playground! Kids Welcomed!"My wife and I saw a sign like this as we drove by a country church. Since she is in children’s ministry, it caught our eye. While we were glad the church was making an effort to attract kids, we agreed a new playground just wouldn’t cut it. Continue reading “Children’s Ministry and Church Signs”