Hannah Anderson is among a rising number of evangelical women enrolling in seminary. But female students continue to face unique pressure to justify their call to higher education.
Kids’ questions about God may sound silly, but they often get at something much deeper, writes a mom whose child asked about Jesus’ underwear.
An apologist’s tribute to Frederick Buechner, for capturing the incredulity of joy and a doubt-tinged gospel hope.
Behind the story
From Kate Shellnutt: I’m not sure what it’s like for other parents, but in these first couple years of raising a kid, I tried to discuss and model what we believe about God and just see what sticks in his toddler brain. As Michelle Lee writes this week, children’s questions or observations about faith may throw us off, make us laugh, or challenge us, but there’s often a real theological query somewhere beneath.
My three-year-old, after being told that everyone would die one day, asked me if he would have to “have nails” in his hands “like Jesus.” I was caught off-guard because I didn’t realize how much he had been paying attention to the Holy Week stories. At his young age, Jesus was the only person he knew who died. (I did assure him that while I didn’t know how we’d die, I was sure it wouldn’t be by crucifixion.) His question opened up a conversation I wouldn’t have introduced on my own. It was my first moment of a “delightful and harrowing” theological inquiry at bedtime, but I know it won’t be the last.
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