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Parenting & Pete Enns (Grace & Space from the Deconstructing Mamas)

In 2015, Cindy Wang Brandt (who spoke with us on Season 1, Episode 12) asked Pete Enns (Lizz' dad, Old Testament scholar and author of a bajillion books) some questions about deconstructing, faith and parenting. Here is one answer he gave and a glimpse into the whole interview (which you can find by clicking HERE). How can we honor the development of children in the way we share the Bible with them?

By creating a culture at home that honors their questions. To do that, parents can also be open about what they do not know. I wonder how refreshing it would be for children to see their parents being puzzled about portions of the Bible and saying so without the fear that God is now somehow displeased. Parents feel a lot of pressure to raise their children “right” so they want to provide them with answers to life’s most difficult questions.

But this is more than parents should expect of themselves. Parents simply do the best we can and trust God not just in educating our children but trusting God with our children wherever their paths may lead. Looking back, I think grown children will remember their parents’ example more than their lessons.

BOOM! This week on the podcast, we dive deeper with Pete as we continue to navigate the tricky tightrope of parenting while deconstructing toxic religious systems and reconstructing our faith with love and freedom. One of the big questions we ask each other is this: WHAT IS SEEPING IN? You definitely don't want to miss out on the sarcastic and very funny banter between Pete and Lizz and Esther's somewhat futile attempts to bring the two of them back in line (insert funny emoji here). You can find Pete at the following places (often with his cat Marmalade): Website: Podcast: The Bible for Normal People

Facebook: Pete Enns

Instagram: @peteenns Twitter: @peteenns Amazon: Peter-Enns



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Lizz as a Guest on a the Desert Sanctuary Podcast

Lizz gets to talk with the Karl and Laura Forehand about how "God Didn't Show Up" on this newly released podcast. If you can't wait until tomorrow for ours, and you need something good to listen to right now with one of yours truly, this might be just what you need to tide you over. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!



We both are avid readers and so many of you ask us "what the heck are you reading now to help you along this journey of evolving faith and maybe what are you reading to your kids and grandkids?

Here's a little "Insta Reel" glimpse into what's on our nightstands right now, with all the links below. Ruby Finds a Worry Leaving Church Untamed A Prayer in the Night I Breathe


We want to again remind you that we are so glad you are here. We wouldn't be the same without you. You will always find GRACE for where you've been and who you are now, and SPACE for who you are becoming and will be.

Carry on, our new-found friends. Welcome to the twisty-windy, full -of-adventure faith path that's laid out before us all. Love,


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