Children’s initial understandings of God are profoundly shaped by their relationships with their earthly parents. Quality Christian parenting will strive to reflect the character of God as a key element in nurturing the child’s emerging relationship with God. Through providing unconditional love with clear boundaries we lay a foundation for children to experience the love and holiness of God.
Key words: parenting, character of God, love, holiness, boundaries
In the biblical record, the act of hospitality is frequently a theological drama of the work of reconciliation. In light of a Christian understanding of knowledge as rooted in relationship and the centrality of reconciliation to the mandate of ministerial training, hospitable space is an essential element in effective ministerial training. Some specific praxis implications of hospitable ministerial training include building an atmosphere of trust, reciprocity, and modeling the character of God.
A salvation history approach to the theology of leadership suggests an ideal of theocratic leadership, the heart of which is the servant leader model of Jesus. Such an ideal can be attained only in as much as leaders are able to find significance in their relationship to God rather than through their status and position as leaders. Such confidence in God empowers a leader to move towards the eschatological imperative of vulnerable authority.
Perry Shaw, an assistant professor of Christian Education in Beirut, Lebanon, is very qualified to discuss the similarities and differences between the motivation, methods, and goals of Muslim education and Christian education.
An inductive study of Jesus' teaching method reveals a picture not necessarily compatible with contemporary Western educational theory. Rather Jesus shows himself to be the oriental teacher "par excellent"--using, adapting, even challenging the cultural forms of his day in his presentation of the good news of the Kingdom.