When the courts talk about "the best interest of the child," it sounds compassionate, even pious. By their actions, the courts contradict their aims of securing "the best interest of the child." Children are "awarded" to one parent ( usually the mother) in an adversary, winner-take-all approach. Children are allowed to reject one parent and choose the other; most often they are separated form their fathers. This is an evil, unjust practice that must be attacked so that children do not continue to be destroyed. There is much the church can do if it has the courage to take seriously the suggestions made in this article.
In this article the author proposes to show that Horace Bushnell's nurturing model is not purely maternalistic, that the feminization of nurturing is a cultural bias, that nurturing is still a good model that is not distinctively maternal, and that an enlarged vision of nurturing would increase its value for theoretical and practical purposes.
Demographic upheaval--the gray revolution--forces the church to consider a biblical approach for ministry to older adults. Senior adults can no longer be ignored in the church. Functioning with the hypothesis that the "biblical approach" is a needs-centered approach, this article establishes a biblical perspective on aging, a biblical perspective of man, the needs of older adults based on developmental psychology, and a proposal for Christian education for senior adults that is in the truest sense biblical.
Christian education in the 1980's must meet the challenges of Alvin Toffler's "Future Shock" generation. The need is not for new promotional gimmicks, but for a more mature approach. The writer makes two proposals: (1) Return to the principles of Christian nurture enunciated by Horace Bushnell more than 125 years ago; (2) Redefine "faith" in which we are to nurture pupils in a thoroughly Tillichian sense. With such an approach, Christian education can face the "future shock" generation unafraid.
This article addresses the function music plays in the Christian education of children. Although music has secondary values, its primary function in effective Christian education is that of a teaching method. It is an excellent way to teach biblical and theological ideas to children. Because music is both method and curriculum, it is imperative that leaders select music appropriate to the teaching situation and lesson plan.