By Aaron Wilson
CEDARVILLE, Ohio – A video segment from “The Gospel Project” designed to answer some of kids’ most frequently raised theological questions will feature Dr. Kevin Jones, dean at Cedarville University.
Jones will host 108 videos, which will run for the next three years as a regular digital segment of the popular kids’ curriculum. “The Gospel Project,” produced by Lifeway Christian Resources, provides a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture that explores how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation.
“My church, Buck Run Baptist, has used “The Gospel Project” materials consistently, and I’ve really liked that curriculum for years,” Jones, assistant professor of education and school dean at Cedarville, said. “That quality of content is so much of what made me excited to partner with them as a children’s pastor.”
Each week, kids will get to hear Jones answer a faith question submitted by a kid, like Hunter in Park City, Utah, who asked, “If God made us, who made God?”
Jones has a background in elementary education and said he remembers getting asked questions such as, “How does the heart work?” as a public-school teacher. This experience taught him how to concisely explain large concepts on an appropriate, kid-friendly level. It’s a skill he plans to bring to this new video series. Only now, instead of describing how veins and arteries function, he’ll tackle subjects like how indwelling sin shapes the heart’s affections.
“Kevin is an academic, practitioner and parent all rolled into one. Each of these gives him a unique perspective of answering kids’ questions,” said Brian Dembowczyk, managing editor for “The Gospel Project.” “As an academic, Kevin understands kids—their development and how to talk to them. As a practitioner, having taught ‘The Gospel Project,’ he understands the resource and how to teach kids the gospel. And then as a parent, Kevin has a love for kids and experience with what ‘real’ kids ask.”
“As I’m answering these questions, I’m trying to picture myself talking to my own 7-year-old daughter,” said Jones. “I’m trying to answer in a way that I’m hitting those levels of biblical learning correctly.”
Jones and Lifeway have worked together on several past projects. In 2017, he authored the B&H Publishing book “Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention.” Jones has also been a speaker at the ETCH Family Ministry Conference.
“When my co-editor and I pitched our book to B&H, the editors decided to drive to Louisville and talk about the work,” Jones said. “We hit it off, and that began a relationship that has now morphed into a working relationship and a friendship.”
Jones plans to film the Q&A videos at Cedarville University’s Centennial Library and will send recorded segments to Lifeway. The next cycle of “The Gospel Project,” which features the first of Jones’ videos, launches September 2021 and will be available through Lifeway.com.
“The timing of the project took a bit of figuring out at the beginning, but ultimately, my mentor and my bride said it’s a good idea, and I agree,” Jones said. “I’m excited to get going.”
Aaron Wilson is a writer for Lifeway Christian Resources.