Series 3

Volume 1, Issue 3

Fall 2004

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  1. Editorial: "New Beginnings"

    By Dr. Kevin E Lawson — Pages 2-5

    Welcome to the third and last issue of the inaugural volume of the Christian Education Journal, Series 3. In the first two issues of this new series we focused on the centennial of the Religious Education Association, providing biographical essays on major evangelical leaders in the field of Christian education and historical overview essays on evangelical Christian education and youth ministry during the 20th century.

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  2. Women Leading Evangelical Christian Education in the Later 20th Century

    By Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dr. Faye E Chechowich and Dr. Julie A Gorman and Dr. Eileen Starr and Dr. Cheryl Fawcett and Dr. Mari Gonlag — Pages 6-42

    This article, written by six women who know the subjects well, examines the lives and contributions of six influential evangelical women leaders who had an impact in the field of Christian education in the later 20th century and into the present: Linda Cannell, Julie Gorman, Roberta Hestenes, Marlene LeFever, Eileen Starr, and Catherine Stonehouse.

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  3. Ora et Labora: Prayerful Teaching

    By Dr. Monty Lynn — Pages 43-62

    Although prayer is a central spiritual discipline for Christians, few contemporary scholarly discussions have ventured into exploring the role of prayer in college teaching. This paper extends the conversation by proposing a model of prayerful teaching. Practical suggestions are offered by which an educator might apply the concepts.

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  4. John Wesley Meets Malcolm Knowles: Was the Class Meeting Andragogical?

    By Dr. Clair Allen Budd and Dr. Ronald W Freeman — Pages 63-79

    With increased interest in small groups as a device for facilitating spiritual growth and maturity, several recent studies have reconsidered the remarkable success of John Wesley's class meeting. These studies have attempted to identify the factors that contributed to this success, variously addressing theological, historical, organizational, or educational issues. No study to date has considered specifically the question of how Wesley provided for adults as learners within the class meeting. To what degree did Wesley employ principles identified more recently as "andragogical" by Malcolm Knowles? The present study utilizes a methodology of philosophical analysis of John Wesley's class meeting against the backdrop of Malcolm Knowles's concepts of andragogy as a way of thinking about engaging adults as learners. The paper describes the principles of andragogy as developed by Knowles, and then analyzes the practices of the class meeting as formulated by Wesley against these andragogical principles. Finally, conclusions and implications are offered for contemporary small group ministry for adults.

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  5. Examining Rousseau's Philosophy of Education: A Christian Account

    By Ferry Yang — Pages 80-98

    With his unique theological perspective, Rousseau proposes a different way of doing education. His education according to nature calls for education to heed the natural way human beings learn. This paper explores Rousseau's philosophy of education and its contribution and challenge to education, especially Christian education. It also examines and critiques Rousseau's theological basis for his philosophy of education.

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  6. Philipp Jakob Spener: Educational Ministry Innovator

    By Dr. Mark H Heinemann — Pages 99-115

    Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705) proposed and instituted many practical reforms in a broad range of educational ministries. The historical background and contemporary relevance of Spener's efforts to transform Luther's reformation of doctrine into a reformation of the personal lives of Christians and the corporate life of congregations is examined.

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  7. Shifting Toward a Constructivist Philosophy for Teaching Biblical Principles in K-12 Christian Schools

    By Dr. Dave S Knowlton and Suzanne C Shaffer — Pages 116-129

    Traditionally, the Bible curriculum in many K-12 Christian schools is based on memory work. If students can correctly reproduce a passage of Scripture, then they are somehow considered to be "educated." The authors of this paper suggest that a Bible curriculum should be shifted away from this traditional approach and towards an approach that is based in constructivist philosophy. Such a shift is necessary if the goal is to move students toward a mature and thoughtful Christian life. After establishing the need for this shift and describing what the shift would entail, the authors offer brief vignettes of classrooms where the constructivist approach is being used. These vignettes should provide readers with ideas for application of the constructivist approach.

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  8. Globalization in Theological Education: A Mixed Blessing

    By Dr. Mark R. Elliott — Pages 130-139

    A good case can be made that the ATS globalization initiative was self-serving. It was fundamentally about strengthening North American, not non-Western, theological education. As a result, unless care is taken, it can be a bitter irony to see the awakening of Western institutions to global realities accomplished at the expense of the rest of the globe.

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  9. Global Pedagogy: "A Table Conversation"

    By Dr. Dean G Blevins — Pages 140-151

    Evangelical Christian education has historically been tied to a western, if not outright North American, worldview. However, missional efforts by evangelical churches, like the Church of the Nazarene, as well as a growing global awareness present new challenges for the task of discipleship. Competing concepts within globalization complicate the task. Concepts epitomized in Benjamin Barber's terms "McWorld" and "Jihad" may result in educational strategies resembling either commodity-based commercialism or tribal coercive violence. Christian educators must develop a pedagogical conversation based on alternative visions of diversity and unity, using redemptive images cultivated from ecclesial and family settings. This article proposes such an alternative sacramental/familial image, global pedagogy as table conversation, and projects how such a vision might overcome the educational challenges presented by commercial domination or violent reaction.

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  10. Guest Essay: "Whatever Happened to the Fear of God?"

    By Dr. Perry G Downs — Pages 152-157

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  11. Book Symposium--Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard

    By Dr. Julie A Gorman and Dr. James C Wilhoit — Pages 158-181

    Willard, Dallas. (2002). Renovation of the heart: Putting on the character of tion, Renovation of the Heart. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. 268 pp.

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

    Review by Richard V. Peace Robert Boyd Munger Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

    Review by S. Steve Kang, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

    Review by Jeff Sickles Pastor, Snohomish Evangelical Free Church, Snohomish, WA

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  12. Book Reviews

    By Dr. Klaus Issler — 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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