The Reformation @ 500 An Interdenominational Conversation of our Heritage from the Reformation

Dec 21st, 2017 |

Editor’s Note: Martin Luther is well known for his Table Talks, conversations around a table with his students. Interchanges that changed the world. On October 30, 2017, on the eve of the Reformation500 anniversary, three church leaders gathered at Concordia University Chicago for a conversation at a table. The audience was more than a group […]

The Catholic Luther, Then & Now

Dec 21st, 2017 |

In the anniversary year of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, the “Luther Year,” it is important both to look back, and to look ahead. In what follows, I offer first an admittedly nostalgic retrospective on the reception of Luther among Roman Catholics. I will focus on the years just before and the couple of decades just […]

The Reformation’s Larger Historical Impact

Dec 21st, 2017 |

I speak from my own perspective as a seminary professor, one engaged in educating pastors and future leaders of the church. So my focus will be on the message of Luther and his followers and its continuing impact today. That message continues to give hope, consolation, and freedom today to millions of people. It has […]

The Theological Heart of the Reformation

Dec 21st, 2017 |

I would like to comment briefly on what I take to be the real theological heart of the Reformation, which has everything to do with Luther’s evangelical theology of consolation. As we seek to assess the importance of the Reformation 500 years after its birth, it is important to draw our attention to this theological […]

Inclusive Design: Physical/Virtual, Emotional, Social, and Intellectual Accessibility

Sep 18th, 2017 |

We all share a desire to be valued, a desire to matter. When we speak of people who are in need, let us speak not only of their need, but also of what they love, what they resent, what wounds their pride, what they aspire to, what makes them laugh. Because if we do, then […]

Rocking the Boat: Preparing Culturally Competent Lutheran Educators

Aug 8th, 2017 |

In Lutheran universities, diversity in the populations of teacher-education students has not kept pace with the diversity in Lutheran classrooms for which they are preparing to teach. Reflection and self-examination can begin to bring cultural competence into the tool kit of the pre-service teachers in our universities.

Leadership Caveat Dispositions: Ten Negative Characteristics of School Leaders and Approaches to Resolution

Jan 26th, 2016 |

The topic of school leadership has been widely studied for years. Researchers have studied and proposed a variety of leader theories and models ranging from situational leadership, styles, traits, emotional intelligence, servant leadership, motivation, sociological needs, capability, gender differences, and core competencies.

Perspective and Positionality: Learning As an Act of Reverence

Oct 6th, 2015 |

The famous meditative garden at the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a dry landscape that illustrates the importance of considering perspective.

Stress and De-Stress: Perspectives on Mind, Body and Spirit

May 7th, 2014 |

This article will explore the effects of three constructs on stress. The first two, positive reappraisal and rumination are cognitive emotion regulation strategies; the third is optimism. A secular explanation of each construct as it relates to stress will be presented. This article will then submit a biblical perspective on stress and the three constructs. The article will conclude by proposing biblical meditation as a viable solution to the experience of stress.
Psychologist Richard Lazarus known for his cognitive-mediational theory within emotion, was one of the first researchers to explore the relationship between cognition and emotion. He defines psychological stress as the relationship between the person and the environment that is appraised by the person as taxing and endangering quality of life (Lazarus & Folkman 1984). Lazarus argues that defining stress objectively by depending only on environmental conditions is not desirable. He believes that the person-environment relationship that brings stress about is subjective (Lazarus & Lazarus 1994).