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The Gifts They Bring

How Children in the Gospels Can Shape Inclusive Ministry

Amy Lindeman Allen

  • 8/28/2023
  • 066426834X
  • 978-0-664-26834-3
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 188
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 8.00 oz

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"The church has long focused on ministry to children. In this pioneering work, Amy Lindeman Allen invites the church to relate to children as contributing participants. Allen introduces a child-centered approach to interpreting the Bible and calls attention to children as agents of ministry who encourage churches towards becoming ever more inclusive communities." - Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching, and Gospels and Letters, Christian Theological Seminary

"This book is a gift! Dr. Allen convenes academic scholarship, the witness of Holy Scripture, and the life experiences of human communities to show us what is hidden in plain sight – the realm of God is made known to the world through children. Read, remember, and rejoice!" - Kurt Kusserow, Bishop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"Allen’s fresh biblical scholarship illuminates the children in Jesus' life and ministry, and paints a vision of multigenerational ministry that celebrates and incorporates all that children offer the entire body. I am eager for my faith community to explore the gifts of conversations and ministries with children offered here." - Judith Hoch Wray, biblical scholar, teacher, and writer

"This is biblical scholarship and practical theology at its best. Allen helps us see and hear the children who were among Jesus’ first disciples in the gospels as well as the children who we must recognize as Jesus’ disciples in our churches today." - Russell W. Dalton, Professor of Religious Education, Brite Divinity School

"Shepherds as children? Children as full participants in worship? Kids as central followers of Jesus? This book will radically transform how you read scripture, revealing children where you’ve never noticed them, and not as bystanders but as powerful actors. And once you begin to see children—suggests biblical expert, wise pastor, and caring parent Amy Lindeman Allen—you cannot help but envision Christian community as far more inclusive than you’ve ever imagined before." - Bonnie Miller McLemore, author of Let the Children Come: Reimaging Childhood from a Christian Perspective and In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice