Words for Thought

Jun 23rd, 2020 |

Thinking about Learning       I began thinking about doctoral studies in the early 2000’s, as I was completing my Master’s degree. I put the thought aside as I accepted a call to lead a school at my home congregation. It would be too demanding as a wife, mother, and principal/teacher to add “doctoral student” to […]

Words for Thought

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

It Was a Good Year A good year. 1959. Think about it. Training for Directors of Christian Education. There were a few teachers in congregations already serving as DCEs. In July 1959, the LCMS in convention approved the beginning of DCE programs in synodical schools, as well as the calling of DCEs by congregations. Thus, this […]

Words for Thought

Nov 5th, 2019 |

We Skip the Easy Stuff In my years supervising teachers as an administrator, and now as I am working with pre-service teacher candidates, I have noticed a common thread. We tend to skip the easy stuff. In an effort to get to the meat of a lesson, we skip one of the most necessary steps […]

Words for Thought

Aug 8th, 2019 |

A Lasting Influence, a Lasting Impact As I thought about what to write for you, the reader, to contemplate, I thought of the words engraved on our Martin Luther statue in the center of campus. For the sake of the church, we must have and maintain Christian schools. How true! The stories in this issue […]

Lutheran Education Journal History

May 3rd, 2019 |

The Enterprise of Learning I have always been interested in the history of things. Where did things originate? How did something get started? When I wrote about the history of the Lutheran Education Journal as we introduced a new cover in the last issue, I began to wonder about those earlier issues. I have been […]

Wandering in the Educational Desert

May 3rd, 2019 |

Words for thought As easy as it is to tell someone to believe in himself or herself, it is not as easy to help them […]

Words for Thought…Engagement and Choice

Nov 13th, 2018 |

Editor’s Note: LEJ’s long-term General Editor, Peter Pohlhammer, is about to make a courageous and meaningful career change. In Spring 2019 Peter will enter Congress Park School in LaGrange Park,, not as a parent, not as a grandparent, but as a student teacher. In fall 2019, Peter will join the ranks of teachers planning to […]

Words for Thought…Jesus Loves Me

May 25th, 2018 |

A few years ago I read an article reporting an interview with Billy Graham. Dr. Graham was asked what was, in his opinion, the most important verse in the Bible. The interviewer wanted to know what the summary of all of Dr. Graham’s study and research could tell the public. Billy Graham was by this […]

Words for Thought…The Ecology of Ministry: Beyond Shepherds and Shepherding

May 24th, 2018 |

Our understanding of shepherding as service to others is foundational for our understanding of ministry. Jesus Christ is referred to in both Old and New Testaments as shepherd—a model shepherd for us to emulate. He is the Good Shepherd, one who cares for the flock of God’s people. We, too, are exhorted to be shepherds […]