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Author Christina Embree

Christina Embree is a church planter with Plowshares Brethren in Christ in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Wesley Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in ministry focusing on family, youth and children’s ministry.

A series of tornados ripped through Oklahoma in 2013 causing extensive amounts of damage and leaving many without homes, cars and possessions. Stories about the tornados were all over the news and headlines so inevitably my daughters, ages 9 and 7, heard all about it. As you might suspect, there were lots of questions and […] Read More

A young boy, probably 3 or 4, was walking behind an adult man, presumably his father, down the street the other day. They were dressed the same, in khaki shorts and a white shirt, and the little guy was imitating the adult’s every move. My first thought was, “Oh, how cute!” Then I noticed the […] Read More

Many churches are seeking to incorporate times in which the family can stay together to worship, grow and learn about God together in church, but they don’t know where to start. This has been confirmed to me by children’s ministers and family pastors across the country with whom I’ve spoken. “The predominant mindset in Christian […] Read More

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, take a deep breath, count our blessings and express our gratitude. We spend time with family, eat delicious food, kick off the Christmas holiday season, watch football and engage in any number of personal family traditions. Perhaps this year, more than in others in recent memory, I am more […] Read More

One day our kids will “Google” us. It hasn’t happened yet for me, but I know it will soon. I’ve already been Facebook “stalked,” Instagram-investigated and iPhone-snooped by my 13-year-old. It’s only a matter of time before she puts my name into Google to see what pops up. What will she find? Will she find […] Read More

Does the Bible talk about intergenerational ministry? How about generational discipleship? Is there a biblical basis for this new craze sweeping the children’s ministry and family ministry worlds? Yes, and it is a practice that dates back to the origins of Christianity. Until recently in church history, the generations worshipped together as an intergenerational faith […] Read More

I once worked with a personal trainer who started my 150 hours with her by doing an evaluation of my current fitness level. I went into the whole thing a little proud of myself. I was a pretty active person and was able to do more physically than many in similar shape. At the end […] Read More

A cartoon in my Facebook newsfeed showed a pastor in front of the church behind the pulpit saying, “There’s been a complaint from a few of the members that the sermons are too intellectual. The following adult members are invited up front to join the children’s sermon.” At first I chuckled, but then I stopped […] Read More

Each week a new story in the news takes social media by storm and dominates the online conversation. The story of the appalling crime, disappointing trial and lenient conviction of Brock Turner has filled my feed recently. As the story grew in scope and more information was made known to the general public, I saw […] Read More

We start too many things with the sentiment, “Here’s what’s wrong.” Let’s be honest: A lot of things are wrong. A lot of things can get our blood boiling, our hearts pounding, our anger kindled and our hearts heavy. And it’s not hard to find those things. Every day I read blogs that enumerate and […] Read More