One.Life Blogging Project: Chapter 3 – Imagined.Life

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This is part of a book blogging project for Scot McKnight‘s book, One.Life. In this blogging project, various contributors will be looking at each chapter of the book as McKnight unfolds his answer to the question, “What is a Christian?” I believe that what McKnight has to say will challenge each of us in different ways on how we view what it means to follow Jesus and how we help children and families understand that. Please interact with what is written here in the comments section below. Also, I encourage you to pick up One.Life and read along with us adding your thoughts and impressions as well.

The review for chapter 3 is submitted by Dan Scott. Dan serves as the elementary director at Ada Bible Church, which is outside of Grand Rapids, MI. He establishes the vision for programming including curriculum, volunteer care, and environment.
Dan enjoys sharing ideas and encouragement from his life and ministry. He has a busy speaking and writing schedule and was recently named one of Children’s Ministry Magazines’ 20 leaders to watch. Dan and his wife Jenna have four kids: Liam, Ellison, Addison, and Taye.

Chapter 3: Imagined.Life

As soon as I read the “First Words” introduction to Scot McKnight’s One.Life, I knew I’d love this book. I’ve yet to be disappointed. The ideas in this book can and should affect how we talk with kids about becoming more like Jesus.

Henry must know me well, he assigned me the chapter “Imagined.Life.” The first sentence of the chapter had me hooked:

“To comprehend Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of God and to live that kingdom life means we need to have a good imagination.”

Kids have an active imagination that easily gets lost in the worlds they create. In a moment, they can be fighting pirates on the high seas and the next be marrying the prince at a royal wedding at the palace.

Children must know that a better world exists, a world where right always wins and love conquers all. They long for this world and create it. They get lost in books and films that present them with a better world where loneliness disappears and no one is bullied.
We know that world they long for; we long for it too. We desire for the kingdom of God to come in its fullness. We long for a place where sorrow, sickness, and death disappear forever.

McKnight discusses eight ideas Jesus shared through the stories he told. He used these to capture the imagination and cast a vision for life within God’s Kingdom. I’ll highlight two of these ideas:

God is at work in your ordinary work.

This is something I didn’t learn until later in life. I always thought that I needed to be doing some high-holy thing for God to work in my life. The truth is that God is at work when we’re doing the mundane. For kids to realize that how they study for a test, play with someone at recess, or clean their room matters in God’s economy will give them a firm foundation for the rest of their life.

Giving instead of hoarding.

Even in the current economic crisis, our kids are growing up in one of the wealthiest times in history. Helping kids understand that generosity is part of following Jesus is crucial to their faith development.

McKnight presents so many great ideas that will translate into how we work with kids and students. I recommend this book to children’s pastors and parents who want their kids to catch God’s vision for the kingdom. This could revolutionize the way kids live out their faith.

Be sure to check out the rest of this book blogging project:

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One thought on “One.Life Blogging Project: Chapter 3 – Imagined.Life

  1. henryjz says:

    Dan, I am so glad you were a part of this project! I love that you get it when it comes to the imagination of children. This chapter in McKnight’s book speaks a lot into how we can capitalize on that characteristic of children… and maybe it will help each of us to “have a good imagination” as well 🙂

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