There’s a great new article at Answers in Genesis (AIG) which we found at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo’s post is titled Teaching Doctrine to Kids. Wowie — this is just what you’ve been looking for! Doctrine is what the kiddies need. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. He begins by describing a problem that has probably occurred to all of you:
Do you sometimes struggle with teaching Christian doctrine and theology to your kids? Many parents feel that doctrine is just too deep a topic for young kids and they have no idea how to “kiddify” it. But teaching our kids solid doctrine is essential for safeguarding them from compromise and for encouraging real faith — and we need to pass the torch of unwavering faith to the next generation by teaching them to think biblically. So how should parents go about this task?
Yes, oh yes! We all want to pass real faith on to the next generation. But how do we go about it? Hambo says:
Well, we have a new resource from Pastor Jess Davenport (a pastor of a local church in Northern Kentucky where a number of AiG staff attend), foreworded by myself, that will help you do just that!
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:
God Is Really Really Real contains 30 core Christian doctrines in an easy-to-teach format. This book is great for younger children with more in-depth material available for older children.
Isn’t that a wonderful title? Hambo continues:
Each doctrine contains a Scripture verse, a short kid-friendly explanation of that doctrine, and an in-depth paragraph for parents to help you answer questions and go into more detail for older kids. There are also some great “Tuck-in Questions” to make sure your child understands what they’re hearing.
It sounds perfect! What else could anyone want? Then ol’ Hambo gives a great analogy:
Sometimes in my talks I compare teaching children to love God’s Word to the Australian favorite, Vegemite. Vegemite is a spread of salt and yeast that Australians like myself love to spread on toast or crackers. [Yuk!] Most non-Australians, though, can’t stand the stuff. Australian parents put a little bit on their kid’s tongues when they are young to get them used to the taste, and they grow up loving it. I believe that is similar to what we need to do with God’s Word for our kids—introduce it to them little bit by little bit when they’re young so that “when they are old, they will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). As Australians acquire a taste for vegemite, our kids need to acquire a taste for the things of the Lord right from when they are born. This book can help you do just that.
That analogy may be even better than Hambo thinks it is. Your Curmudgeon is in awe. Not only is Ken Ham the world’s holiest man, the world’s greatest bible expert, and the world’s most knowledgeable scientist, but now it seems he’s also the world’s greatest educational expert.
The rest of the post is an ad for the book, so we’ll quit here. You’ve been given much to think about, dear reader. We hope you put this information to good use.
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