Taiwanese believers continue to celebrate the legacy of George Leslie Mackay, the Canadian missionary dentist who helped Christianity to flourish on the island. This year marks 150 years since Mackay’s arrival.
A hundred years after its founding, members of the Hymn Society are finding their own rhythms for worship around the globe.
Over time, the church has wrestled with how to understand natural disasters. Even if we don’t see them as God’s punishment, they can inspire us to think more deeply about his power.
Behind the story
From Daniel Silliman: I’ve been teaching the third to fifth grade Sunday school at my church, and it has been something else. I think the word I’m looking for is “chaotic.” We read a story from the Gospels and draw a picture and talk about it, and I just kind of hang on.
Like last Sunday we read Luke 11, where it says, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”
The passage ends, “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.”
And a 9-year-old girl said “There’s something I don’t understand.”
I said, “That’s okay. What don’t you understand?”
She said, “The Trinity.”
If you’ve been challenged by a child’s theological question, our colleague Susan Mettes would like to hear from you. She’s collecting kids’ tough questions for a forthcoming project where real theologians will field the ones that stump the rest of us.
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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