When we send our kids back to school, we want them to succeed in every way.  For most of us, the biggest hope we have for our kids is that they follow Jesus and bring him into all the places they go.  But as they go into the world, there are other influences at work.  We can’t shelter them, and it’s healthy for all of us to stretch and grow in our faith.  So how do we support our kids to build strong faith in the face of the world?

In this episode, we are joined by the Authors of Honest Answers: Exploring God Questions with Your Tween, Janelle Alberts, and Ingrid Faro.  Even if you are not the moms of tweens, the knowledge shared about presenting the Gospel to our kiddos is priceless.  Although we raise our kids in the church, they will go through their own journey to come and find the Lord.  Listen in to this conversation to learn how to apply grace, plant seeds of hope, and be there for your kids without being their savior (this was a big take away for me!)

About Our Guests

Janelle Alberts spent her early career in PR departments for Microsoft and UPS, boiling down logical, clear corporate messaging. She now attempts the same for parents who love Scripture, often featuring bits we’ve never heard but wish we had. Alberts wrote her first faith column for the Akron Beacon Journal in 2010 and has since been a regular contributor to various online sites including Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership, RELEVANT magazine, and others. Honest Answers is her first book. Alberts and her family make their home in Ohio.

Ingrid Faro is dean of academic affairs and associate professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary. She is also an associate professor of Old Testament at the Scandinavian School of Theology in Sweden. She has an MDiv and Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Faro is an international speaker at conferences and churches and writes on topics that include navigating evil and suffering, abuse and power dynamics, women in the Bible, forgiveness, the goodness of God, identity in Christ, discipleship, and leadership. Her motivation is to encourage people, help them navigate the pain and suffering of this world, and grow in a thriving relationship with God and others. She is the coauthor of Honest Answers. Faro has two married children and three grandchildren. She lives in Illinois.

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