Here some resources that I have used in worship, and have found helpful. A work of Christian art, connected to a Scripture reading. These are PDFs, set for printing.
Matthew 6: 19-21 – The 7 Acts of Mercy, Brueghel the Elder, 1559.
Matthew 8: 28-34 – Jesus heals the demoniacs, 14t c. Lower Rhineland Homiliary.
Matthew 14: 22-33 – Disciples See Christ Walking on the Water, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1907.
Here’s a piece by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campollo dissociating themselves from the evangelical movement, first named in the 1930s they argue, and asking instead for an identity tied less to a political party. Calling themselves Red Letter Christians.
I can recommend this Bible for children. Great for parents to read to children and children to read to parents. Tells the story and interprets its meaning as it goes. Really good. The Jesus Storybook Bible
From the publisher’s website:
“The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their Story too.”
Stephen Farris (moderator of the General Assembly this year and coming to Briarwood on May 24th, 2015!) published this article in the Presbyterian Record. Lovely, touching read.