Not too long ago, if your child wanted a stuffed animal, you went to some local retail outlet and bought one off the shelf. While there may have been a large number of possibilities, still the options were limited to the stuffed animals in stock. Enter the “Build-A-Bear Workshop” franchise which began in 1997 and now has over 400 locations worldwide and online. At Build-A-Bear children can create their own stuffed animals. They can be as creative as they like, for Build-A-Bear allows children to be sovereign over their own creations, leaving the toy store with a unique critter unlike anyone else’s. The only question is, what does the child want in a stuffed bear? But what may be desirable in a fuzzy friend is not desirable when it comes to God and the Christian Faith.
Gary E. Gilley, “It Works For Me…, Pragmatism and the twenty-First Century Church,” PFO’s “The Quarterly Journal,” Jan-Mar 2015, p.9