Book Review

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

Called to serve: A theology of commissioned ministry by Rueter, D. L., 2019. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House Rueter is a DCE and commissioned minister in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and currently serves in a dual role as the assistant DCE program director at Concordia University – Irvine, CA, and as the youth […]



Book Review

Nov 5th, 2019 |

The reform of education has reached new levels of resolve and accountability, and the constant demand to meet those measurements of success continue to add confusion and anxiety to educators struggling to meet the requirements of a limited and archaic mandated curriculum. Educational bureaucrats across the nation have created standardized curriculums intended to provide a […]



Louisa May Alcott: More than a Little Woman

Nov 5th, 2019 |

More than 150 years ago, Louisa May Alcott’s most famous book Little Women hit the bookstores and was immediately embraced by critics and the general population of those who loved to read family stories. To its credit, the book has maintained its popularity and since its publication Little Women has never been out of print. […]



Book Review

Aug 8th, 2019 |

Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America        by Brinig, M. & Garnett, N. S. (2014) Chicago, IL: University of Chcago Press. I first came across this book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, by Margaret Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett, as my colleague, Dara Soljaga, and I […]



Book Review: Imagine the Possibilities: Conversations on the Future of Christian Education 

May 3rd, 2019 |

“Imagine the Possibilities: Conversations on the Future of Christian Education”  by Bull, Bernard and Pingel, Jim, 2018, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis Isbn: 9780758659309 Isbn 13: 9780758659293 Paperback, $24.99 I am certainly the right person to read this book. As a person with little training in Lutheran education, this book helped me to understand the […]



Book Review: On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom

May 3rd, 2019 |

“On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom” by Smith, David 2018, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mi Isbn 978-0-8028-7360-6 eIsbn 978-1-4674-5064-5 Soft cover $22.00 Popular phrases in Christian school promotional materials include: our school is a mission field, our teachers integrate faith in all subjects, and students’ spiritual growth is our focus. Common though these statements […]



Book Review: Restoring the Soul of the University

Nov 13th, 2018 |

Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age by Paul L. Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman and Todd C. Ream, 2017. Downers Grove, IL, Intervarsity Press. ISBN (print) 978-0-8308-5161-4; (digital) 978-0-8308-9163-4 For decades, Glanzer, Alleman, Ream and others have examined multiple facets of Christian higher education, delving into such aspects […]



Book Review: How is Luther to be Remembered?

Nov 13th, 2018 |

1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation by Peter Marshall. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. ISBN (print) 978-0-1996-8201-0 At this point, writing about the commemoration of the quincentennial of the posting of the Ninety-five Thesis is like finding a lump of fruitcake in the back of the refrigerator, whether or not you like […]



Book Review…Digitized: Spiritual Implications

May 25th, 2018 |

by Bernard Bull Concordia Publishing House, 2018 $14.99 Are you a Berean or perhaps a Luddite when it comes to technology? Are you living under the Laodicean effect? Like the Bereans in the Book of Acts who did not blindly accept and follow Paul and his words, Dr. Bernard Bull tells us in his new […]



Book Review…Leading with Resolve and Mastery

May 25th, 2018 |

By Robert K. Wilhite, Daniel R. Tomal, Craig A. Schilling, and Jeffrey T. Brierton Co-published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing and AASA The School Superintendent Association, 2017 $32.00 Amazon books The role of the public-school superintendent continues to evolve and change. What was at one time a simpler, more one-dimensional profession has become exponentially more complex. […]