Dr. Klaus Issler

Articles by this Author

  1. Six Themes to Guide Spiritual Formation Ministry Based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

    Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education — Pages 366-388

    What key themes for spiritual formation ministry and Christlike living does Jesus identify? From a study of Jesus' central Sermon on the Mount (SM) emerged six broad formation themes. Further support for these six themes was then sought in relevant ways the Holy Spirit ministers to believers today. This six-theme model of Christlikeness may serve as an initial fundamental framework for assessing the scriptural correspondence within the varied goals for Christian formation offered by Christian leaders. As an illustration, the six themes were compared with Robert Pazmino's five-task model for the church. Finally, some suggestions for practical implications of the six themes are offered. Future studies may confirm, amplify, revise, or replace these particular six themes in order to establish a robust evaluative framework as one means to address the problem of "sanctification pluralism."

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  2. Book Symposium--Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power

    Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry — Pages 386-404

    Kingdom triangle: Recover the Christian mind, renovate the soul, restore the Spirit’s power. By J.P. Moreland. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2007. 237 pp. $19.99.

    Review by Linda Mayes, Director of Career Development, Northwestern College, St. Paul,MN.

    Review by Kevin T. Grant, Director of The Learning Center, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Review by Faustin Ntamushobora, Executive Director, TLAfrica, Inc. (www.tlafrica.org), Nairobi, Kenya.

    Review by Klaus Issler, Professor of Christian Education and Theology, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.

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  3. Book Reviews

    Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry — Pages 190-243

    The Bible and the task of teaching. By David I Smith and John Shortt. Nottingham, U.K.: The Stapleford Centre. 2002.
    Review by Donald Ratcliff, Christian Formation and Ministry Department, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

    “Education has nothing to do with theology”: James Michael Lee’s social science religious instruction. By Edward J. Newell. Eugene, OR: Pickwick (Wipf & Stock). 2006.
    Review by Randall Nolan, Briercrest Distance Learning, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Called to reach: Equipping cross-cultural disciples. By William R. Yount and Mike Barnett. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 2007.
    Review by Don K. Ashley, Religion, Wayland Baptist University, Anchorage, AK.

    That’s a great question: What to say when your faith is challenged. By Glenn Pearson. Colorado Springs, CO: Victor. 2007.
    Review by Robert A. Gowins, Minister of Education, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville, TN

    Huck’s raft: A history of American childhood. By Steven Mintz. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2004.
    Review by Dean Blevins, Christian Education, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO.

    The danger of raising nice kids: Preparing our children to change their world. By Timothy Smith. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press. 2006.
    Review by Elaine Becker, Degree Completion, Tyndale University College, Toronto, Ontario.

    Nurturing children’s spirituality: Christian perspectives and best practices. Edited by Holly Catterton Allen. Eugene, OR: Cascade. 2008.
    Reviewed by Lisa Milligan Long, Christian Formation, Lee University, Cleveland, TN.

    Contemplative youth ministry: Practicing the presence of Jesus. By Mark Yaconelli.
    Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2006. 251pp. $19.99.
    Review by Yong (Jake) H. Kim, Education Director, Hanbit Church, San Diego,
    CA, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot Theological Seminary, La
    Mirada, CA.

    Triangular teaching: A new way of teaching the Bible to adults. By Barbara
    Bruce. Colorado Springs, CO: Victor. 2007. 256pp. $15.00. paper.
    Review by Robert A. Gowins, Minister of Education, Inglewood Baptist Church,
    Nashville, TN.

    Encouraging authenticity and spirituality in higher education. By A. W. Chickering,
    J. C. Dalton, & Liesa Stamm. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2005. 358
    pp. $ 34.00.
    Review by Myoungyou Hong, Education Ministry, Hanbit Church, San Diego
    and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada,
    CA.

    Bowling alone: The collapse and revival of American community. By Robert D.
    Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2000. $16.00. 544 pp. paper.
    Review by John Tuttle, Student Development, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    The lost virtue of happiness: Discovering the disciplines of the good life. By J.P.
    Moreland and Klaus Issler. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. 2006. 217
    pp. $ 14.99. paper
    Review by Jackie L. Smallbones, Religion and Christian Education, Northwestern
    College, Orange City, IA.

    Ancient-future time: Forming spirituality through the Christian year. By Robert
    E. Webber. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2004. 201pp. $16.99. paper.
    Review by Hank Voss, The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles,
    CA.

    Eat this book: A conversation in the art of spiritual reading. By Eugene H. Peterson.
    Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2006. 186pp. $20.00.
    Review by Taewoo (Jeremy) Ryu, Youth Pastor, Bethel Korean Church, Irvine,
    CA, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot School of Theology, La
    Mirada, CA.

    The Jesus way: A conversation on the ways that Jesus is the way. By Eugene H.
    Peterson. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2007. 289 pp. $22.00.
    Review by Halee G. Scott, Adjunct Faculty, Haggard Graduate School of Theology,
    Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.

     

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  4. Book Reviews

    Fall 2007, Children's Spirituality — Pages 396-447

    Worldviews: Think for yourself about how we see God. By John M. Yeats and John Blase. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. 2006.
    Review by Blake O’Dell, School of Christian Studies, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX.

    This incomplete one; words occasioned by the death of a young person. Edited by Michael D. Bush. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2006.
    Review by Carol Anne Janzen, Educational Ministries, Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, NS Canada.

    Perspectives on children’s spiritual formation—four views. Edited by Michael J. Anthony. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 2006.
    Review by Gary C. Newton, Discipling Ministries, Huntington University Graduate School of Christian Ministries

    Ambassador families: Equipping your kids to engage popular culture. By Mitali Perkins. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press. 2005.
    Review by Michael R. Mitchell, Christian Leadership and Children’s Ministry, Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA.

    Running in circles: How false spirituality traps us in unhealthy relationships. By Kim V. Engelmann. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2007.
    Review by Donald Ratcliff, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

    Necessary dreams: Ambition in women’s changing lives. By Anna Fels. New York: Anchor Books. 2004.
    Review by Woo Min R. Song, Christian Education, BaekSeok (White Stone) University, Seoul, Korea.

    Erikson on development in adulthood: New insights from the unpublished papers. By Carol Hren Hoare. New York: Oxford University Press. 2002.
    Review by Chris Kiesling, School of Practical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.

    The portable seminary: A master’s level overview in one volume. Edited by David Horton. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2006.
    Review by W. Kenneth Phillips, Christian Ministries, Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN.

    Rock solid teacher. By Gregory C. Carlson. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light. 2006.
    Reviewed by Len Kageler, Youth Ministries and Christian Education, Nyack College, Nyack, NY.

    Ministering to today’s adults: A complete manual for organizing and developing adults’ ministries in local congregations. By Kenneth O. Gangel. Eugene,
    OR: Wipf & Stock, 2006 [reprint, Word, 1999].
    Review by W. Kenneth Phillips, Christian Ministries Department, Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN.

    God’s potters: Pastoral leadership and the shaping of congregations. By Jackson W. Carroll. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co. 2006.
    Review by Stephen Overton, Pastor, Christian Chapel Foursquare Church, Moreno Valley, CA

    The contrarian’s guide to leadership. By Stephen B. Sample. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2003.
    Reviewed by Mickey Becker, Leadership development consultant, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    Social intelligence: The new science of human relationships. By Daniel Goleman. New York: Bantam Dell. 2006.
    Review by Halee Gray Scott, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University Libraries, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.

    Christ plays in ten thousand places: A conversation in spiritual theology. By Eugene H. Peterson. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2005.
    Review by Tom Schwanda, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

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  5. Book Reviews

    Spring 2007 — Pages 136-189

    Theological education matters: Leadership education for the church. By Linda Cannell, with forward by Ted Ward. Chicago: Edcot Press, CandoSpirit Publishing. 2006.
    Review by Daryl Busby, President, Canadian Baptist Seminary, ACTS Seminaries, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C.

    Religion, education, and post-modernity. By Andrew Wright. London and New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004.
    Review by Edward J. Newell, Education, Atlantic Baptist University, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    The good of affluence: Seeking God in a culture of wealth. By John R. Schneider. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2002.
    Review by Joyce Miriam Brooks, Stewardship and Resource Development, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Between two worlds: The inner lives of children of divorce. By Elizabeth Marquardt. New York: Three Rivers Press. 2005.
    Review by Susan E. Payne, PhD Student, Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Protecting your church against sexual predators. By Voyle A. Glover. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications. 2005.
    Review by Jane L. Carr, Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Welcoming children: A practical theology of childhood. By Joyce Ann Mercer. St. Louis, MO: Chalice. 2005.
    Review by Sharon Warkentin Short, Ph.D. Student, Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Practicing discernment with youth: A transformative youth ministry approach. By David F. White. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press. 2005.
    Review by Mitchell Kinsinger, Religion & Christian Education, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.

    Adult learning methods: A guide for effective instruction (3rd ed.). Edited by Michael W. Galbraith. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company. 2004.
    Review by Dale L. Mort, Degree Completion Program, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA.

    Workshop wonders, The ultimate guide to rotation Sunday school. By Mickie O’Donnell and Vickie Bare. Colorado Springs, CO: Nexgen. 2005.
    Review by Eileen Starr, Alaska Bible College, Alaska Christian Ministries Assoc., Anchorage, AK.

    Let all the children come to me: A practical guide to including Children with disabilities in your church ministries. By MaLesa Breeding, Dana Hood, and
    Jerry Whitworth. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communication Ministries. 2006.

    Autism and your church: Nurturing the spiritual growth of people with autism spectrum disorders. By Barbara J. Newman. Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources. 2006.
    Review by Tim Stranske, Education, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    The entrepreneurial college president. By James L. Fisher and James V. Koch. Westport, CT: ACE/Praeger Publishers. 2004.
    Review by Gary KG Choong, Ph.D. Candidate, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA [former Dean, School of Theology (English), Singapore
    Bible College, Singapore]

    Breakout churches: Discover how to make the leap. By Thom S. Rainer. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2005.
    Review by Paul Steen, Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Soul shaper: Exploring spirituality and contemplative practices. By Tony Jones. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House. 2003.
    The sacred way: Spiritual practices for everyday life. By Tony Jones. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House. 2005.
    Review by Jackie L. Smallbones, Religion and Christian Education, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.

    The sense of the call: A Sabbath way of life for those who serve God, the church, and the world. By Marva J. Dawn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2006.
    Review by Valerie A. Clemen, Pastoral Ministry, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, OR.

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  6. Book Reviews

    Fall 2006 — Pages 392-439

    The teaching ministry of congregations. By Richard Robert Osmer. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. 2005.
    Review by Paul D. G. Bramer, Christian Formation, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.

    Making kingdom disciples: A new framework. By Charles H. Dunahoo. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing. 2005.
    Review by Allen D. Curry, Christian Education, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.

    The human person in theology and psychology: A biblical anthropology for the twenty-first century. By James R. Beck and Bruce Demarest. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel. 2005.
    Review by William Michael McGuire, Psychology and Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

    Nurturing child and adolescent spirituality: Perspectives from the world’s religious traditions. Edited by Karen M. Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy E. Sasso, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2006.
    Review by Donald E. Ratcliff, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

    Redefining children’s ministry. By Becky Fischer. Bismarck, ND: Kids in Ministry International. 2005.
    Review by Donald E. Ratcliff, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

    Passing on the faith: A radical new model for youth and family ministry. By Merton Strommen and Richard Hardel. Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press. 2000. $22.95.
    Review by Jason Lanker, Adjunct Professor, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA.

    Getting marriage right: Realistic counsel for saving & strengthening relationships. By David P. Gushee. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2004.
    Review by Sandy Blank, PhD Student, Educational Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Getting marriage right: Realistic counsel for saving and strengthening relationships. By David Gushee. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2004.
    Review by Matt Benson, Dean of Spiritual Formation, Bryan College, Dayton, TN.

    Educating people of faith, exploring the history of Jewish and Christian communities. Edited by John Van Engen. Grand Rapids, MI.: W.B. Eerdmans Co. 2004.
    Review by Robert Lay, Department of Biblical Studies, Christian Education, and Philosophy, Taylor University, Upland, IN.

    Women’s ministry in the 21st century: The encyclopedia of practical ideas. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. 2004.
    Review by Scottie May, Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

    Men’s ministry in the 21st century: The encyclopedia of practical ideas. Edited by Brad Lewis. Loveland CO: Group Publishing. 2004.
    Review by Jim Dekker, Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University and Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.

    The elements of mentoring. By W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2004.
    Review by Vitaliy Martynov, Christian Education, “Grace and Truth” Kiev Theological Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine.

    Faithful learning and the Christian scholarly vocation. Edited by Douglas V. Henry and Bob R. Agee. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2003.
    Review by John Christopher Frame, M.Div. student, Anderson University School of Theology, Anderson, IN.

    Wired for ministry: How the Internet, visual media, and other new technologies can serve your church. By John P. Jewell. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos/Baker Book. 2004.
    Review by Doug Schmidt, Curriculum, Cook Communication Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO.

    Keeping company with Jesus: Reflections on gospel stories. By Jackie L. Smallbones. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books. 2005.
    Reviewed by Janet L. Dale, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY.

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  7. Book Reviews

    Spring 2006 — Pages 157-206

    A many colored kingdom: Multicultural dynamics for spiritual formation. By Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, S. Steve Kang, and Gary A. Parrett. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2004.
    Review by W. Kenneth Phillips, Christian Ministries, Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN

    Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community. By Robert E.Webber. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2003.
    Review by Don Shepson, Bible and Christian Education, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

    The role of teaching in sustaining the church. By Harold W. Burgess. Anderson, IN: Bristol House. 2004.
    Review by Ron Habermas, Biblical Studies and Christian Formation, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

    Indoctrination, education and God: The struggle for the mind. By Terence Copley. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 2005.
    Review by Katheryn L.Webb, Fellowship Bible Church, Middletown, KY

    Let the children come: Re-imagining childhood from a Christian perspective. By Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2003.
    Review by Dean G. Blevins, Christian Education, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Nashville, TN

    University of destruction: Your game plan for spiritual victory on campus. By David Wheaton. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House. 2005.
    Review by Johnny L. Derouen, Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

    Teaching as a sacramental act. By Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press. 2004.
    Review by Lisa M. Long, Christian Ministries, Lee University, Cleveland, TN

    The power of small groups in Christian education. By Harley Atkinson. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Publishing House. 2002.
    Review by Terri K. Talley, Christian Ministries, Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

    Teaching like Jesus: A practical guide to Christian education in your local church. By La Verne Tolbert. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2000.
    Review by Janet L. Dale, Christian Education and Discipleship, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY

    Refining your style: Learning from respected communicators. By Dave Stone. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. 2004.
    Review by James W. Mohler, Christian Ministries, Trinity College, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL

    Christianity in the academy: Teaching at the intersection of faith and learning. By Harry L. Poe. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2004.
    Review by Peggy Velis, English as a Second Language, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

    Being leaders: The nature of authentic Christian leadership. By Aubrey Malphurs. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2003.
    Building leaders: Blueprints for developing leadership at every level of your church. By Aubrey Malphurs and Will Mancini. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2004.
    Leading leaders: Empowering church boards for ministry excellence. By Aubrey Malphurs. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2005.
    Review by Steven C. Ibbotson, Bible and Theology, Prairie Bible College, Three Hills, AB, Canada

    Seeing God: Jonathan Edwards and spiritual discernment. By Gerald R. McDermott. Vancouver, BC: Regent College Bookstore. 2000/1995.
    A treatise concerning religious affections, in three parts. By Jonathan Edwards. Edited by John Smith. In H. S. Stout, (Gen. Ed.), The works of President Edwards, Vol. 2. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
    Review by Gary Stratton, Christian Formation and Student Development, Crown College, St. Boniface,MN

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  8. Book Reviews

    Fall 2005, 25th Anniversary Issue — Pages 427-490

    Faith and learning on the edge: A bold new look at religion in higher education. By David Claerbaut. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2004.
    Review by Octavio J. Esqueda, School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

    Faithful learning and the Christian scholarly vocation. Edited by Douglas V. Henry and Bob R. Agee. Grand Rapids, MI:William B. Eerdmans. 2003
    Review by Don K. Ashley, Religion,Wayland Baptist University, Anchorage, AK.

    The role of teaching in sustaining the church. By Harold W. Burgess. Anderson, IN: Bristol House. 2004.
    Review by Allen D. Curry, Christian Education, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS

    Children matter—Celebrating their place in the church, family, and community. By Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2005.
    Review by Gary C. Newton, Discipling Ministries, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

    Postmodern children’s ministry. By Ivy Beckwith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Youth Specialties. 2004.
    Review by Holly Catterton Allen, Children and Family Ministries, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.

    Researching children’s experience: Approaches and methods. Edited by Sheila Greene and Diane Hogan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2005.
    Review by Donald Ratcliff, Psychology Department, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA.

    Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. By Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
    Review by Thomas Bergler, Ministry and Missions, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

    The religious education of adults. By Leon McKenzie and R. Michael Harton. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys. 2002.
    Review by Cynthia L. Brown,Marshall, TX

    Learning in adulthood. 2d ed. By Sharan B. Merriam and Rosemary S. Caffarella. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
    Review by Dale L. Mort, Degree Completion Program, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA

    Exploring spirituality and culture in adult and higher education. By Elizabeth J. Tisdell. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
    Review by Martha Pendleton, Department of Graduate and Professional Studies, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.

    Steppingstones to curriculum: A biblical path. 2d ed. By Harro Van Brummelen. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design Publications. 2002.
    Review by Janet L. Dale, Christian Education and Discipleship, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY

    Teaching cross-culturally: An incarnational model for learning and teaching. By Judith E. Lingenfelter and Sherwood G. Lingenfelter. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2003.
    Review by Michael S. Lawson and Carisa A. Ash, Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

    Transforming Bible study—Understanding God’s Word like you’ve never read it before. By Bob Grahmann. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
    Review by Miles (Skip) Lewis, Ministry, Lancaster Bible College Graduate School, Lancaster, PA

    The search to belong: Rethinking intimacy, community, and small groups. By Joseph R.Myers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2003.
    Review by Julie Gorman, Christian Formation and Discipleship, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA

    The voice of Jesus: Discernment, prayer and the witness of the Spirit. By Gordon T. Smith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2003.
    Review by Debbie A. Bigler, Education, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX

    A new kind of Christian: A tale of two friends on a spiritual journey. By Brian D. McLaren. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2001.
    The story we find ourselves in: Further adventures of a new kind of Christian. By Brian D.McLaren. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2003.
    Review by Jackie L. Smallbones, Christian Education, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.

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  9. Book Reviews

    Spring 2005 — Pages 166-210

    Religious education between modernization and globalization: New perspectives from the United States and Germany. By Richard R. Osmer and Fredrich W. Schweizer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2003.
    Review by Dana R. Wright, Adjunct, Fuller Theological Seminary-Northwest, Seattle, WA

    Children’s spirituality: Christian perspectives, research, and applications. Edited by Don Ratcliff. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. 2004.
    Review by Jeff Hittenberger, Education, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

    Is it a lost cause?: Having the heart of God for the church’s children. By Marva V. Dawn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 1997.
    Review by Hyun Joo “Eunice” Oh, Center for Teaching and Learning, Chongshin University, Seoul, Korea

    Parent/teacher handbook: Vol. 1. Teaching your children everything they need to know about the Bible. By Edward A. Buchanan. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers. 2004.
    Parent/teacher handbook: Vol. 2. Teaching young children everything they need to know about their Christian heritage. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers. 2004.
    Review by Eleanor A. Daniel, Christian Formation, TCMI Institute, Heiligenkreuz, Austria, Christian Education, Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN

    Blue like jazz. By Donald Miller.Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2003.
    Review by O. Jane Thayer, Religious Education, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

    Created to learn: A Christian teacher’s introduction to educational psychology. By William R. Yount. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman. 1996.
    Review by Norma S. Hedin, Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

    Called to teach. By William R. Yount. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman. 1999.
    Review by Margaret P. Lawson, Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

    Can you hear me now? By Dallas Demmitt and Nancy Demmitt. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications. 2003.
    Review by Cynthia L. Brown, Religion, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX

    Teaching redemptively: Bringing grace and truth into your classroom. By Donovan L. Graham. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design. 2003.
    Review by Beverly Johnson-Miller, Christian Discipleship, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

    Christianity in the academy: Teaching at the intersection of faith and learning. By Harry Lee Poe. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. 2004.
    Review by Mark E. Henze, Attorney, Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA

    Reviewing leadership: A Christian evaluation of current approaches. By Robert Banks and Bernice Ledbetter. Forward by Max De Pree. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic. 2004.
    Review by Richard Ramsey, Christian Education, Grace University, Omaha, NE

    Management: A biblical approach. By Myron Rush. Colorado Springs, CO: Victor Books. 2002/1983.
    Review by Roger W. McKenzie, Religion, Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC

    The purpose driven life. By Rick Warren. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2002.
    Review by Fernando Arzola, Jr., Youth Ministry and Christian Education, Nyack College NYC, NY

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  10. Book Reviews

    Fall 2004 — Pages 182-244

    Forging a better religious education in the third millennium. Edited by James Michael Lee. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press. 2000
    Review by Paul Bramer, Christian Formation, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL

    Systemic religious education. By Timothy Arthur Lines. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press. 1987.
    Review by Richard Ramsey, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

    Virtues and practices in the Christian tradition: Christian ethics after MacIntyre. Edited by Nancey Murphy, Brad J. Kallenberg, and Mark Thiessen
    Nation. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. 2003. Reprint. Original publication, Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.
    Review by Paul Bramer, Christian Formation and Brent Laytham, Theology and Ethics North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago IL

    Reclaiming goodness: Education and the spiritual quest. By Hanan A. Alexander. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press. 2001.
    Review by Paul Bramer, Christian Formation, North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago IL

    Of such is the kingdom: Nurturing children in the light of Scripture. By Timothy A. Sisemore. Fern, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications. 2000.
    Review by Donald Ratcliff, Psychology, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

    Bullying: A spiritual crisis. By Ronald H. Cram. St. Louis MO: Chalice Press. 2003.
    Review by Catherine Stonehouse, Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

    Growing a healthy children’s ministry. By Steve Alley. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing. 2002. 224pp.
    Review by Jane Carr, Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA

    Shaping the spiritual life of students: A guide for youth workers, pastors, teachers & campus ministers. By Richard Dunn. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2001. 257 pp.
    Review by Ronald G. Belsterling, Youth Ministry, Nyack College, Nyack, NY

    Aging, spirituality, and religion: A handbook. Edited by Melvin A. Kimble, Susan H. McFadden, James W. Ellor, and James F. Seeber. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress. 1995.
    Aging, spirituality, and religion: A handbook volume 2. Edited by Melvin A. Kimble and Susan H. McFadden. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress. 2003.
    Review by Faye E. Chechowich, Christian Educational Ministries, Taylor University, Upland, IN

    The ascent of a leader. By Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
    Review by Orbelina Eguizábal, Christian Education, Central American Theological Seminary (CATS-SETECA), Guatemala City, Guatemala.

    Growing givers’ hearts: Treating fundraising as ministry. By T. Jeavons and R. Basinger. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. 2000.
    Review by Adam Morris, Development, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

    A teacher’s guide to cognitive type theory and learning style. By Carolyn Mamchur. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1996.
    Taking religion seriously across the curriculum. By Warren A.Nord and Charles C. Haynes. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1998.
    ADD/ADHD alternatives in the classroom. By Thomas Armstrong. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1999.
    Winning strategies for classroom management. By Carol Cummings. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 2000.
    Classroom management that works: Research-based strategies for every teacher. By Robert J. Marzano with Jana S. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 2003.
    Review by Doug Schmidt, Curriculum Editorial, Cook Communications Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO

    The complete disciple: A model for cultivating God’s image in us. By R. T. Habermas. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries. 2003.
    Review by Ronald L. Griffiths, Christian Ministries, Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN

    The complete disciple: A model for cultivating God’s image in us. By R. T. Habermas. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications Ministries. 2003.
    Review by Gary C. Newton, Educational Ministries, Huntington College, Huntington, IN

    Satisfy your soul: Restoring the heart of Christian spirituality. By Bruce Demarest. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. 1999.
    Review by Don Shepson, Gordon College,Wenham, MA

    Conformed to His image: Biblical and practical approaches to spiritual formation. By Kenneth Boa. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 2001.
    Review by Donald A. Cheyney, Church and Christian Ministries, Philadelphia Biblical University, Langhorne, PA

    Authentic spirituality: Moving beyond mere religion. By Barry L Callen. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2001.
    Review by Keith A. Kettenring, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Anaheim, CA

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  11. Book Reviews: Focus--History of Christian Education, Part 2

    Spring 2004 — Pages 177-187

    Westerhoff, John H., III, and Edwards, O. C. (Eds.). (2003). A faithful church: Issues in the history of catechesis. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 314 pp.
    Reviewed by Gary Parrett, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA

    Gangel, Kenneth O. and Benson, Warren S. (2002). Christian education: Its history and philosophy. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock. 394pp.
    Reviewed by Gary A. Parrett, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA

    Pahl, Jon. Youth ministry in modern America: 1930 to the present. (2000). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson. 248pp.
    Review by Thomas Bergler, Huntington College, Huntington, IN

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  12. Book Reviews: Focus--History of Christian Education, Part 1

    Fall 2003 — Pages 189-215

    Elias, John L. (2002). A history of Christian education: Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox perspectives. Malabar, Florida: Krieger. 285 pp.
    Reviewed by Robert W. Pazmiño, Andover Newton Theological School

    Prevost, Ronnie F. (2001). Evangelical Protestant gifts to religious education. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys. 2044pp.
    Reviewed by S. Steve Kang, Wheaton College

    Reed, James E. and Prevost, Ronnie F. (1993). A history of Christian education. Nashville, TN: Broadman &Holman. 386 pp.
    Reviewed by Richard Leyda, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

    Burgess, Harold W. (1996/2001). Models of religious education: Theory and practice in historical and contemporary perspective. [Wheaton: Bridgepoint] Nappanee, IN: Evangel Publishing House. 272pp.
    Reviewed by Keith Kettenring, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church; Ph.D. Candidate, Talbot School of Theology.

    Anthony,Michael, & Benson, Warren S. (2003). Exploring the history and philosophy of Christian education: Principles for the twentieth-first century. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel.
    Review by David P. Setran, Wheaton College

    Estep, James ,Jr., Kim, Jonathan, Kuest, Alvin, & Maddix, Mark. (2003). C. E.: The heritage of Christian education. Joplin, MO.: College Press. 350pp.
    Reviewed by Robert Lay, Taylor University

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  13. The Spiritual Formation of Jesus: The Significance of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' Life

    Fall 2000 — Pages 5-24

    There is no abstract available for this article.

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  14. Designing Supportive Patterns for Partners and Parents: An Exercise in Curriculum Innovation

    Spring 1990 — Pages 81-90

    In designing the educational ministries of the church, consideration must be given for both the content to be taught as well as the means by which the content will be most effectively learned. It is suggested that the cumulative effect of church-wide use of the following three factors could significantly equip and support marital partners and parents to fulfill their biblical roles: (1) seizing teachable moments, (2) modeling biblical norms, and (3) encouraging corrective action when practice departs from these norms.

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  15. Nurturing Marriage and Family Life

    Winter 1990 — Pages 75-86

    The Christian home is in need of strategic reinforcement. But what can the church do to help strengthen the family? In this article, the author suggests that the church's traditional support for the family--usually coming in the form of informational resources--can be greatly enhanced by a concern for how information is best learned. In designing the educational ministries of the church, consideration must be given to both the content to be taught as well as the process by which the content will be most effectively learned.

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  16. A Conception of Excellence in Teaching

    Fall 1985 — Pages 19-23

    How one views teaching significantly affects how one practices teaching. The process-product orientation to teaching, the most common conception of teaching, presumes too much of a causal relation between teaching and learning and, thus, requires a greater degree of teacher accountability than is realistic and necessary. Instead, a more circumscribed conception of teaching is offered as the basis for an inquiry into excellence in teaching. Finally, a suggestive list of eleven factors is presented as ingredients which are essential for excellent teaching to occur.

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