Series 3

Volume 4, Issue 1

Spring 2007

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  1. Jim Rayburn: A Young Life Legacy

    By Dr. Jason Lanker — Pages 6-16

    Jim Rayburn’s (1909–1970) passion to see young people come to faith in Christ led to the establishment of Young Life in 1941. This parachurch organization focused on youth evangelism through after-school clubs and summer camps. The high-energy, adult-led, conversational, and incarnational program focus that was characteristic of these forums eventually moved beyond Young Life, influencing much of how youth ministry operated through the rest of the 20th century.

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  2. Lessons for Effective Christian Education in Golmo: An African Traditional Approach to Teaching and Learning

    By Dr. Samuel Peni Ango — Pages 17-33

    In Africa, there is a wide gap between the faith claims of many people who attend church and their lifestyles. Moreover, there is little reflection of the African perspective in the few writings on
    Christian education that exist in Africa. This paper proposes that an examination of African traditional approaches to education will afford Christian education a means of becoming more effective,
    especially in Africa. Lessons are drawn for this purpose from golmo, an educational procedure among the Lelna of Kebbi State in Nigeria.

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  3. Biblical Narratives and Life Transformation: An Apology for the Narrative Teaching of Bible Stories

    By Dr. Henry Andrew Corcoran — Pages 34-48

    In this essay, I contend that the purposeful teaching of biblical narratives directed toward life transformations ought to become an intentional activity for teachers of the Word. To support my
    contention, I will review how some people have used biblical narrative materials to re-story their lives. I also offer a discussion of transitional periods in the life cycle when people might seek new narrative materials for transformation. Further, I discuss how the church may embody biblical narratives and transmit their meanings. Finally, in order to help teachers of the Word to understand how to serve such seekers, I will offer practical application ideas.

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  4. Christian Education: A Field in Motion Mapping Christian Education Preparation Programs Summary Report

    By Dr. Kevin E Lawson — Pages 49-61

    A summary report on the first phase of a study of Christian Education preparation programs in Bible Colleges, Christian Liberal Arts Colleges, Seminaries, and Graduate Schools in North America. This report examines the number, purposes, names, and requirements of these programs and what they are equipping students to do upon graduation.

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  5. Learning Styles Research: Understanding How Teaching Should be Impacted By the Way Learners Learn Part III: Understanding How Learners' Personality Styles Impact Learning

    By Dr. Margaret F. Williamson and Roberta L. Watson — Pages 62-77

    Over the years, educators have asked questions about how people learn. In this series of articles, the importance of learning styles has been explored from both the instructors’ and students’ perspectives. In this third and final article, the correlation between a student’s personality and his preferred learning style is examined and implications explored for Christian education contexts.

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  6. Interpreting the Bible as Literature: Historical and Contemporary Contexts with Implications for Christian Education

    By Dr. Janet B. Sommers — Pages 78-99

    Over the past 30 years, literary approaches to biblical interpretation have gained precedence in many religious and literary circles. However, confusion often exists regarding what “interpreting
    the Bible as literature” actually means. This article explores the multifaceted nature and significance of this methodology from the Middle Ages through the mid-20th century and then focuses
    on trends in contemporary hermeneutics by outlining three distinct literary approaches. The article concludes by providing for Christian educators some implications of and practical recommendations
    for applying this methodology in practice and ministry.

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  7. Three-Year Outcome Effects of Former AWANA Timothy-Award Recipients

    By Dr. Michael W. Firmin and Grant E Knight — Pages 100-116

    The present study follows Firmin, Kuhn, Michonski, and Posten (2005) in a series of empirical investigations regarding residual effects of former AWANA participants. We selected 24 Timothy award conducted in-depth interviews with each participant, utilizing a rigorous qualitative research method. Four themes were evident in analyzing the data: salient AWANA influences during the time of the child’s participation in AWANA, the current life of the participants, social trends of the participants through their time in AWANA to present day, and the participants’ thoughts and feelings on how they perceived AWANA to have been conducted.

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  8. Notes - Teaching Psychology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Poland: Towards Development of Cross-Cultural Empathy

    By Dr. Natalia Yangarber-Hicks and Dr. Mitchell Hicks — Pages 117-125

    The article describes the experience of teaching a course on Psychology of Jewish-Christian Dialogue to Polish Christians using principles of intercultural pedagogy (Irizarry, 2003). These principles center on the bidirectional nature of learning between teachers and students. The article highlights the importance of instructors’ awareness of their cultural selves and willingness to
    experience personal growth as a result of cross-cultural teaching opportunities. We emphasize the need for teachers to learn from their students. We also suggest how to use the classroom as a microcosm for developing empathy toward the “other” and facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.

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  9. Notes - A Good-Natured Rejoinder to Gary Parrett's "Nurturing Our Faith in the Faith: A Grateful Response to Mark A. Lamport and Darrell Yoder"

    By Dr. Mark A Lamport and Darrell Yoder — Pages 126-131

    We are gratified by Professor Gary Parrett’s kind riposte to our article “Faithful Gestures: Rebooting the Educational Mission of the Church” (CEJ, Spring 2006, 58–78). When the avowal “grateful” appears in the subtitle, one has certain expectations of pleasantness to ensue. That notwithstanding, what follows here—in the intended dialogical spirit of CEJ’s “Notes” and as a staple of civil yet pointed academic exchange between scholars—is our measured, sometimes feisty, rejoinder. In short, while we credit Parrett with due merit for his treatment of our work, and further, while we are appreciative of his thoughtful interaction with our premises and constructs, several of Parrett’s assertions and deductions need unequivocal redress.

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  10. Book Reviews

    By Dr. Klaus Issler — 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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  11. Textbook Survey: Youth Ministry

    By — Pages 190-196

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