The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

Recently my son put The Greatest Showman into the DVD player in our van so as we travel around town I have been listening to it again. As I have been I am once again struck by how well the songs in it lead in to some really cool Bible truths for teenagers.

I wanted to once again push my The Greatest Showman Bible study. It is just $5 for a 4 week Bible study that uses songs from The Greatest Showman as a jumping off point for a Bible study about identity, longing, and forgiveness. Your students will love it!

Contents:

  • Week Bible Study PDF
  • Title Graphic
  • Full Page Graphic
  • Background Graphic
  • Black and White Header Graphic
  • Student Handout for Each Lesson

Week 1: Come Alive

  • Song: Come Alive
  • Bible Passage: John 10:10
  • Overview: This Bible study looks at the idea that Jesus promises us not just eternal life in heaven, but abundant life that starts right now. It uses the cheesy acrostic of ZOMBIE to demonstrate what it looks like when Christians don’t live that abundant life and offers 3 observations on what the abundant life really is.

Week 2: Never Enough

  • Song: Greatest Show & Never Enough
  • Bible Passage: Acts 17:24–28
  • Overview: The crux of this whole movie is this song “Never Enough.” In the movie Barnum realizes that what actually is enough for him is his family. In our Bible study we are going to examine what it means to find your “enough” in Christ. No matter how much stuff we fill our life with it will never be enough until we turn to God.

Week 3: Show Your Scars

  • Bible Passage: John 20:19-29
  • Song: This is Me
  • Overview: “This is Me” quickly became the anthem of this movie. While I think that “Never Enough” is really the theme of the movie this song is a great one to use for teenagers and adults alike to talk about being who you are and showing your true self scars and all.

Week 4: Home Again

  • Song: From Now On
  • Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:12–2:11; Luke 15:11–32
  • Overview: Honestly this wasn’t one of my original planned studies, but my students were enjoying the study so much I added one more week. In the end this is a nice way to wrap up the study with a focus on realizing that running from God leads to pain and that God is waiting to welcome you
  • back home again
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I am Sorry

I am Sorry

It has been a long, long time since I have been regular about updating Nailscars.com and now the site really has lots a bunch of its functionality. Most of that was because of a virus and now I find myself sort of swimming in stuff trying to find the things that matter.

What I think my goal for this year will be is to clean up the site, to remove most of the blog posts with their missing links and random ramblings and instead go with just a site that has creative ministry content. At least that is my goal right now.

Until then, I am sorry for the mess. I hope you are able to find what you need.

Back to Camp

Back to Camp

Summer is such an interesting time when it comes to being in ministry. On the one hand it is amazing. You get to spend days and days with students learning about their lives, building relationships, teaching about Jesus. On the other hand it is an exhausting slog that sucks at your soul and makes you surly.
Case in point: Tomorrow we are heading to children’s camp. We will come home from that on Friday and then the next Monday head out to Holiday World with the youth followed by the Sunday after that for our VBS kickoff. It is a crazy, crazy month and I am tired just looking at it.
With all that said, it is a fun time, just lots of things that have to be happening in my brain all at once. While I am at an event I am already looking forward to the next thing. On top of that the Sunday and Wednesday nights don’t stop so I am still teaching kids, still writing lessons, and still trying to get all of the other church stuff done I normally do.
Like I said, it hasn’t even started yet and I am already tired.

But once this little bit of crazy happens I think I am going to write a new complete series for Nailscars.com. So here are my options. Let me know in the comments which you would rather see.
Kim Possible (4 lessons from the old cartoon)
Finding Purpose (4 Lessons based on the old Phineas and Ferb cartoons)
Come Alive (4 Bible lessons from The Greatest Showman)
Beauty: Who you are as a Child of God (5 lessons from Disney Princess movies)

Talking to Students about the News

Talking to Students about the News

I have discovered that I need to continually remind myself to not talk to students about what is happening on the news. Not that I never want to talk about them, but I don’t want to over talk about it.

You see in a world of twitter and facebook where it feels like everyone is just shouting past everyone else it is a pretty heady thing to have a captive audience who wants to listen to you and wants to give believe what you say. So it is so easy to talk about what you have been trying to get traction with on twitter all week.

But I keep reminding myself that this is not my mission. This is not my goal. My goal is to tell them about Jesus and learn more about Him. True, sometimes that means that I talk about thinks that are in the news, but most of the time that means just keeping my mouth shut.

This is Scary (Religious Freedom is in Trouble)

This is Scary (Religious Freedom is in Trouble)

One of the most troubling things about religious liberty that I have seen lately is this story coming out of France

David Lisnard [the mayor of Cannes, France] recently issued a decree about what people ought to wear on the beach. His target: the burkini, a head-to-foot swimming costume popular among a small, devout population of Muslim women. This costume, Mr Lisnard declared, “ostentatiously displays religious affiliation”, could “disrupt public order”, and might even, in the words of one official, demonstrate “an allegiance to terrorist movements”. (Juliet Samuel) 

Apparently the full body bathing suits are banned on the beach. That is a problem for many reasons. Probably the main reason is that it is regulating practice of religion for something that isn’t hurting anyone and that isn’t disturbing society. So because the government thinks that the practice is wrong it becomes illegal, no matter what the women wearing the “burkinis” believe. 

Now in America we have a different assumption of religious freedom than France has, and that country can choose to do what it likes about its laws and freedoms. What scared me the most about this story was the people who I found sharing it on Facebook were Christians who were agreeing with the ban. These Christians were so excited that someone was taking down Islam in some way that they didn’t stop to think about the implications of such a ban. 

If we allow one persons liberties to be infringed it won’t be long before our liberties are infringed. If this sort of law became the norm in the United States then what would stop there being a law against Holiness families from making their daughters wear skirts or from Christian families to ask their daughters to wear a one piece bathing suit for that matter. 

Because I believe in my own religious liberty, and because I want the right to practice my religion as I see fit I will fight for the right for everyone else to do the same. I believe we must stand up for the rights of people who believe the exact opposite of us, not because we affirm their beliefs, but because we affirm their right to believe them, and because we want to have the same rights and considerations given to us. 

I feel that it will be a law like this one, some law that Christians get excited about such as a law outlawing sharia law that will be then turned around and used against Christians to be worshiping God illegal. We must fight these fights now, so that we will be protected later.