A Final Word

May 3rd, 2019 |

Since I will retire in July 2019, these last three columns will be my final messages in the Lutheran Education Journal. I write to a community of people that I love and cherish – educators. Men and women who dedicate their lives to the students that the Lord gives them. Professionals who focus their service […]



A Final Word…The Teacher as Missionary

Nov 13th, 2018 |

When we think of a missionary we might imagine a person from one country sent to proclaim the Gospel in some far-off land. Or we might think of a pastor who is called to start a new congregation in a place where none exists. So we pray for and support those so called by God […]



A Final Word…“Learning” and the Resurrection

May 25th, 2018 |

In this Spring 2018 edition of Lutheran Education Journal, teaching professionals explore with you the topic of “Learning.” I remember as a child when my mother, a 5th grade teacher, would monitor my studies, especially in mathematics, my least favorite subject and therefore the one I was most likely to avoid. In her opinion (not […]



A Final Word…“My Dust Is Safe”

May 24th, 2018 |

As I write this the Lenten season has begun. Here at Concordia University Chicago, our community gathered for Ash Wednesday just as we do every year. And once again I placed ashes upon the foreheads of young people who are filled with promise and hope for the future. But then I spoke these words to […]



A Final Word…The Truth of the Reformation

Dec 21st, 2017 |

The Festival of the Reformation is a time of celebration for Lutherans. On October 31, 1517, a young priest by the name of Martin Luther posted 95 theses on a door in Wittenberg, Germany. The world would never be the same. This issue of the Lutheran Education Journal explores the impact of 1517 on the […]



New Beginnings

Sep 19th, 2017 |

I am grateful that Dr. Shirley Morgenthaler has undertaken the editorship of the historic Lutheran Education Journal. As a world-renowned scholar and a major—if not the major—leader in Lutheran, early childhood education, her knowledge, experience and wisdom is critical at this point in time. Lutherans have always cherished education. In fact, Concordia University Chicago (the […]