September 6, 2018

By Linda LaScola, Editor Hello, Everyone – Welcome to September and the end of our rousing Vacation Bible School.  We had a good time recasting and discussing some of the Bible stories we knew so well as children. Now it’s time to get serious. While the VBS series was running, and while I was off on a cool and wonderful vacation to Nova Scotia, the Catholic Church was having another pedophilia scandal.  I suppose many of you were following it,… Read more

September 3, 2018

Editor’s Note: We end Secular Vacation Bible School with high drama and a big thank you to all who participated in this year’s educational effort, either as readers or contributors. /Linda LaScola, Editor. ======================= By David Madison While conventional wisdom holds that Jesus preached the gospel for three years, it has been calculated that everything in Mark’s gospel could have taken place in about two or three weeks. Except, of course, his temptation in the wilderness for forty days. But… Read more

September 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: The virgin birth has always been hard for some people to accept (unless, you’re Catholic, like I was, and you learn it as a rote part of Catechism).But who knew that the Jesus being baptized was also an issue?  /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== By David Madison With all the Christian hype about the Virgin Mary, it commonly goes unnoticed that the virgin birth of Jesus is a minority opinion in the New Testament. The apostle Paul wrote long before… Read more

August 30, 2018

Editor’s Note:  The truth about Jesus comes out, in secular Vacation Bible School, of course! /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== By David Madison Little did the author of the Book of Acts know that, in his very first chapter, he sabotaged the Christian faith. He describes Jesus, in front of his disciples, ascending to heaven (vv. 9-11): “…as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up… Read more

August 27, 2018

Editor’s Note: This former Bible teacher displays her knowledge of the Bible, her wry sense of humor and her active imagination all at the same time.  Enjoy.  /Linda LaScola, Editor =========================== By Alexis Record Hello children and welcome to Bible corner! Today we’ll be reading from Romans 9 while you eat your animal crackers and drink your juice. Make sure to stay on your carpet squares! Now follow along with Polly the Puppet as she talks about God! “God hates… Read more

August 25, 2018

Editor’s Note: Knowing that the Bible can get very gory, I still don’t think this particular lesson would make the cut for traditional Vacation Bible School. It’s very educational, however, and should not be overlooked in this secular version of VBS. ========================== By David Madison Here’s an eye-opener Bible exercise. Read Mark’s gospel—all of it—straight through, carefully. This will require a couple of hours, maybe a little more, about the time it takes to watch a movie. Then relax a bit,… Read more

August 23, 2018

Editor’s Note: It seems like the memories of Vacation Bible School that stick the most involve Kool-Aid and cookies.  Still, the stories are memorable, too and the 21stcentury, secular twists on them are priceless! /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================= By FreshLA When I think of VBS, I think of cheap cookies, Dixie cups filled with lukewarm Kool-Aid, cartoon characters narrating familiar bible stories in a comedic fashion, and a plethora of quirky, catchy jingles. As an adult looking back now, I… Read more

August 20, 2018

Editor’s Note: As it turns out, Adam and Eve did the right thing – at least as told by a former pastor with good imagination and a way with words. /Linda LaScola, Editor ==================== By David Mercer The myth of Adam and Eve is not about history or science, nor was it intended to be a theological statement about the fall of humanity.  Rather, it was a story people told to entertain each other as they contemplated the meaning their humanity…. Read more

August 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: Trusty TCP blog associate and reliable commenter, Mason Lane, cleverly re-interprets my Vacation Bible Story assignment to his own liking. /Linda LaScola, Editor ===================== By Mason Lane Editor LaScola’s assignment was for a Bible story remembered from Vacation Bible School, with a secular twist.  Vacation Bible School:  as if I needed another week or two of three hours a day learning how to say stupid things about and to a non-existent God? And what a heartless way to… Read more

August 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: Clergy Project member, David Madison is on a roll during this hot, hot, summer season, with his second secular VBS story. This one is also geared more to adults than children. Who knew there was still so much to learn from the Bible? /Linda LaScola, Editor ====================== By David Madison It’s probably politically correct to call the earliest Christians a “breakaway Jewish sect,” but this is actually too polite. I prefer the word cult, and there are texts to… Read more

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