The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Video advice

Here's help for hard times

Two Lutheran academics step outside their scholarly roles on video — one as a wise older friend helping children deal with fear and the other as a father struggling with a son's mental illness.

In I Am with You Always, it's a revelation to see and hear church historian Martin E. Marty as he sits amid children in his congregation's pews. He talks with them about their fears and how they can deal with them — especially through their religious faith. With his "faith toolbox," he helps them make some basic discoveries.

Marty engages as easily and effectively in the children's conversational style as he does in his scholarly lectures or books. One of his most important points is that everyone (of all ages) has fears and there is nothing wrong or weak about that. He asks the children to talk about their fears, which range from monsters in the closet to the threat of global catastrophe.

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