When Can I Clap?

Cartoon of an excited, clapping boy. Another boy whispers to hi, "Psst! Tyler! This song isn't clappable!"

Every year, in the spring, I notice it. The kids that used to be so enthusiastic in their singing start to stand or sit in stone silence. Fourth and fifth-grade boys are the hardest. They start to be very aware of others and have no desire to do anything “uncool.” Continue reading “When Can I Clap?”

Daredevils and Backsliders on the Playground

Teacher to student: "Curtis! What are you doing backsliding like that?"
Copyright ©2014 Kevin Spear & Kidzmatter

No matter where you are, there is always a kid on the playground that will test the boundaries of the rules. Some will be blatant about it. Some will subtly test the boundaries until someone notices.

The same kids grow up to test boundaries. You see every day on the highways. Speed limits are conquered, red lights are beaten and accidents happen. Continue reading “Daredevils and Backsliders on the Playground”

Getting stuck in worship

Can you please get help? I was leading kid worship and got stuck in this pose.
Copyright ©2013 Kidzmatter & Kevin Spear

I love it when kids are worshipping in large group. When kids are sincere and enthusiastic, it can put the most exuberant grown up worshipper to shame.
But something happens in the pre-teen years. You can always tell when kids start getting self-conscious and are “too cool” to lift their hands, dance and put their heart into worship.

Unfortunately, as we get older, it is more likely we get stuck not worshipping than to get stuck in the act of worshipping.
Continue reading “Getting stuck in worship”

Loving your Neighbor the right way

Cartoon of a boy and a teacher. The boy says, "Every time I try to love my neighbor, I get hit with a restraining order!"

Alas, if you get slapped with a restraining order, you probably aren’t loving your neighbor the right way! Continue reading “Loving your Neighbor the right way”

Is Twitter the ultimate evangelism tool?

Cartoon of a church teacher and two girls. One girl says, "You mean we're supposed to go into all the world? We better start tweeting about it!"
©2013 Kevin Spear for “Kidzmatter Magazine”

It’s no wonder traditional media is struggling. When you compare how difficult it was to get a message out just thirty years ago compared to today, well no wonder publishers are scratching their heads! Continue reading “Is Twitter the ultimate evangelism tool?”