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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Courage for When Our Kids Doubt Their Faith – Ep. 27

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When our kids express doubts about their faith and Christianity, many of us begin to feel anxious. We worry their questions might result in complete disbelief and dangerous living. This in turn can trigger some of our fears and insecurities. What if we don’t have the answers they seek? What if they don’t find our answers sufficient? What if religion becomes a wedge that ultimately drives us and our kids apart?

In this episode host Jennifer Slattery speaks with Tom Hinders, a college pastor at one of Omaha, Nebraska’s larger churches to share how we can love our kids well during a time that will likely feel uncomfortable for both them and us.

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Find her ministry, Wholly Loved, at:

Family Discussion Questions:

1. When your youth expresses doubts related to the faith, what fears does this most trigger in you?
2. What does it mean to listen well?
3. Why is it important that we learn to listen well when our children or youth express doubt?
4. When has a failure to listen to well-created conversation barriers between you and your child or youth?
5. What are some ways you can respond lovingly when your youth broaches a topic you don’t have answers for?
6. Why is it important we create a safe environment in which our kids can share how they feel and think honestly?
7. Who is your child or student most likely to come to when they have concerns, deep questions, and life challenges?
8. Why do you think it’s so common for people to place their faith in Jesus during or following a crisis?
9. Why is it important to be quick to apologize and repent when we, the adults, make a mistake or cause our child pain?

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Ponomariova_Maria
November 04, 2020
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Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at
Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at
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