I didn’t grow up with the word “Catechism” though of course many Baptists (eg the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that my dad graduated from in my hometown) care deeply about doctrines and passing on the truths of the faith.
I thought that it was a kind of Catholic word.
Well, in this blog post I will share theology finds with you, three of which expressly use the word, “Catechism.”
The first is a book called, Cornerstones. There’s also a parent guide for it. It includes 200 questions and answers. What shall I say? It’s clear, comprehensive, and thorough. I haven’t yet found anything else quite like it that I really like. Check it out.
Secondly, let’s consider a self-published work by a husband (author)/ wife (illustrator) team. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the content in the Children’s Gospel Catechism. It has 33 Questions and answers. It’s sections are, “Who Is God?” “Who Is Man?” and “How Does Jesus Bring God and Man Back Together?” Each part has a summary at the end. Paul Washer’s endorsement is on the back. The big font is a plus if you’re reading this aloud to multiple kids at the same time.
The New City Catechism for Kids is by Tim Keller. It’ from the Gospel Coalition. It’s small for small hands and it’s super affordable. Why not take a look at it? It includes 52 questions and answers. *Don’t expect much in terms of art; this is a parent read aloud.
The Daily Grace Co. is, I believe Presbyterian.
Anglicans gave us the Baby Believer series.
Benjamin Cello (videos) is Catholic.
And now, from the Lutherans (They also gave us the “Luther” movie.), a Catechism book about “The Lord’s Prayer.” It’s part of a the “Fat Cat Theology” series that includes “The Apostle’s Creed” too.
Unlike the other, systematic books that I wrote about earlier, this one is expository and it’s not divided into the same kind of sections. Instead, it includes quite a bit (for kids) of commentary on statements in The Lord’s Prayer.
The author is Harold L. Senkbeil, a Lutheran pastor. I don’t always comment on art, but the artist (and homeschooling mom) in this series, Natasha Kennedy, clearly put a lot of thought and effort into her work. (*One picture contains a graphic image with blood drops.)
One of the ideas behind the “Fat Cat” books is that kids can look for the cat on each page.
Here’s more information that Lexham Press sent to me:
-Full and traditional text of The Lord’s Prayer
-Illustrations of the Lord’s life accompany each illustration
-Reflections written by Pastor Harold L. Senkbeil
-Friendly cat (“FatCat,” short for “Catechism”) is on every page for the child to find
-Guided prayer for family devotions
-Scripture references for further study
Available October 5th, 2022
If you are Lutheran and have a Lutheran understanding of The Lord’s Prayer, you should consider this.
Speaking of new products, the Theotots’ new audio product crowdfunding campaign launch is coming this month. You will have two options: digital downloads and Evangel Lamb. Stay tuned for more details!!!