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Theology Sing-a-Long

Kids’ church songs bring back good memories of children’s church and Sunday school, felt boards and handicrafts. I’ve been singing many of those tunes again lately in an attempt to distract or entertain my baby. It’s been fun to recall these melodies and reflect on the aspects of Christianity they represented for me. Here are 4 lessons I’ve remembered through song:


       Words Go Better With Actions

It really is easier to rise and shine and give God the glory, glory when my arms are waving in the air. And how much more clearly can you describe the storm that fell on the wise and foolish men’s houses than to twinkle those rain fingers? It makes no sense to talk about the Bible and not back it up with actions. So whip out your little light and let it shine… let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

The Old Testament is Cool
    For some reason, the Old Testament seems relegated to the coloring pages of childhood. Around high school youth group, messages suddenly shift from Moses, Esther, and David to the theological musings of Paul. It’s amazing how many of the stories I know, but have gotten rusty on the details or have never taken time as an adult to listen to what God is saying through these writings. So next time you want to read the Bible, let’s turn to the OT and remember that Father Abraham had seven sons… so let’s just praise the Lord! And (back to #1) what better way is there to do that than to wave your arms, march, and stick out your tongue?

    Be Bold
      The Christian songs that I listened to in my teenage years had a unique quality of ambiguity. Many of the lyrics allow the listener to decide if we’re applying the love, frustration, and questions to God or another human relationship. But a song that shouts out “I am a C, I am a C-H, I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N” leaves no doubt. It’s okay to admit that the B-I-B-L-E is the book for me! (I suppose you argue that all the spelling shows a certain hesitancy to just say it…)

      Jesus Loves Me
        This I know. Still, it’s nice to be reminded in the adulthood faith that often seems focused on seeking direction or wisdom, confessing sin, or considering Biblical approaches to life. Sometimes you just need a song that tells you how much you are loved.

        It is fun to dust off the songs of my childhood. What are some of your favorite kids’ songs? What lessons do you appreciate from the soundtrack of children’s church?

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        1. When I was teaching music, "I'm in the Lord's Army" was my favorite. But as I read your post, "I am a Promise" kept running through my head!

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        2. "My God is so BIG! So strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God can not do." This is what I sang to my 'little charges' in church nursery this past Sunday. I tried "Amazing Grace", but the kid song definitely has better hand motions:)

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        3. Sarah Q6:46 PM

          Oooh, My God is so BIG.. that's a good one I forgot about! Beth, I sang the army song today, but I don't think I know "I am a Promise." So many more to learn!

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