This fall marks the completion of the third volume of the Christian Education Journal, series three.We have been very pleased with the growth of the journal over the last three years and the support it is receiving from authors, reviewers, and readers. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support in this effort to serve our discipline well.
Our culture is in tune with the "spiritual". Yet, understanding what constitutes the spiritual, let alone how to cultivate it, remains unclear. This article will explore the foundations of Benner's psychospiritual model of human nature and its implications for Christian educators. Of particular interest is the influence that Benner's model can have on our efforts toward holistic Christian formation.
Utilizing Erikson's (1963) psychosocial ego identity development theory, 28 qualitative interviews with religiously devout American are analyzed to determine different patterns of adult spiritual identity. Following an integrationist approach, we provide response to the question, "What types of identity development are accommodated, promoted, or prohited by particular models of Christian education and the educational communities that embody them?" Recognizing individual differences in (1) the social and contextual factors that affect identity formation, (b) the way religious doubts are resolved, and (c) what individuals seek from community, we offer important implications for religious educators and Christian institutions of higher education.
William G. Perry, Jr. was a pioneer in pointing out the importance and effect of a student's epistemological worldview in matters of education and learning. Over the years, his work has been both criticized and refined, leading to a new burgeoning field known as personal epistemology. Yet, Perry's introduction of the concept of epistemic "commitment" remains both relevant and informative. This article investigates the current state of personal epistemology and Perry's concept of "commitment," while providing both a critique and a discussion of implications for educators from an evangelical Christian point of view.
The purpose of this study was to provide a demographic description of college students that identify themselves as born-again Christians. The sample of 15,541 students from a longitudinal survey was compiled by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles, in fall 1997 and spring 2001 in cooperation with 134 American colleges. This study reports on the demographic characterics of born-again Christian students by gender, race, political views, and religious preferences with a comparison of eight types of colleges. Implications for local churches, para-church organizations, and Christian colleges are discussed.
For many in Christian higher education, modeling Christ-likeness in the classroom is considered a primary means and evidence of integrating faith and learning. But when the face-to-face relational dimension is removed in an Internet-based course, how will Christian distinctives be realized? This paper considers issues related to personally connecting with students in online course environments and facilitating faith development by promoting the affective and relational dimensions of distance education instruction. Although Christ and computer at first seem incompatible, spiritual formation can be nurtured in distance education through the creative ways in which faculty and students interact.
This article considers how the work of youth ministry flows from an understanding of the minister's identity. Ten roles for professional and volunteer youth workers are offered as a theological framework through which to view ministry. These roles reflect the identity of Jesus and represent the multiple tasks of youth ministry. Implications are briefly discussed as they relate to individual giftedness, recruiting volunteers, and hiring youth ministers.
Mary McLeod Bethune's life epitomized her philosophy of Christian education. With a sense of divine destiny, clear vision, and daily awareness of God's presence and purpose, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, the daughter of freed slaves, became the most influential black woman of her times in the United Sates. Along with the establishment of the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, later Bethune-Cookman College, Mary Bethune served as president of many national organizations and held leadership appointments under Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman. Her life of profound faith and service left a contagious legacy of perpetual spiritual and social transformation.
Over the years, educators have asked questions about how people learn. This article is the second in a series of three that provide updated information on the impact of learning styles on learners. In addition, learning style assessments for each of the theories will also be discussed.
Response to article "Faithful Gestures: Rebooting the Educational Mission of the Church" which appeared in the CEJ, Spring 2006, V3:1 issue.
I write now to engage some of the ideas brought forth in the very thoughtful article entitled “Faithful Gestures: Rebooting the Educational Mission of the Church” by Mark A. Lamport and Darrell Yoder (CEJ, Spring 2006). What I have to say is largely in the spirit of gratitude and collaboration. While I may take exception to a few of the points these authors have raised, I see my central message here as complementary, rather than contradictory, to their contributions.
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.