Nancy Ruth

Author and former children’s minister with a passion to equip kids to live boldly for Christ.

A Breath of Prayer

Sometimes, when life gets crazy, it’s time to breathe a prayer.

My mother was an amazing woman. I never knew how she kept it all straight, but she was always busy with something or other and seemed to be involved… Continue reading

What’s in a name?

Names are powerful things.

A college friend of mine got a job as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten class. As she told me all about it, we reminded ourselves how important it is in a room full of 4-5-year-olds… Continue reading

Why Christian families should equip their children to wrestle with Scientific Questions

Someone recently asked me if Parent Road Ministries teaches Creationism. This is a hot topic for many and a valid question.

Parent Road Ministries is a non-denominational ministry committed to teaching God’s Word to children and families in a loving,… Continue reading

“The church is full of hypocrites!”

“The church is full of hypocrites!” How would you answer someone (or yourself) in the face of this objection? The same objection may be voiced a number of ways. “I like Jesus, just not the church. It’s full of hypocrites.”… Continue reading

Parables and Perils of Air Travel

Are the parables of the Bible old and out of date? No, but in order to relate to them, we might need to think about them in our own context.

As I write this, I am sitting with my dad… Continue reading

“Jesus, take my life… but not that!”

Are there parts of life where Jesus isn’t allowed?

That is a question that’s come up in my reading this week and in the sermon again this morning. In America we have a tendency to think of church (or religion)… Continue reading

Event Evaluation

Easter celebrations are behind us and summer planning is in full swing. Many of these events happen yearly (like vacations, field trips, Vacation Bible School, camp, etc.). This post explains how to save yourself a lot of trouble the next… Continue reading

What does “love the world” mean?

Don’t you love it when kids discover the answers to their own questions? A second grade child recently asked me a great question: “What does ‘love the world’ mean?” Soon the class helped answer her question.

Our Sunday school that… Continue reading

Fixing Faulty Thinking

Do you struggle with negative thoughts? God’s been hammering an important truth into me over the past few weeks.

I got really sick over Christmas and I think it was (at least in part) a result of stress. So, I’ve… Continue reading

The Danger of Good Friday Suspense

The true story of one traumatized little girl led me to reevaluate the way I teach and celebrate the events of Easter.

Next week is Holy Week where churches around the world will be remembering Palm Sunday, the Last Supper,… Continue reading

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