Let the Books Tell the Story: J. S. Bach’s Bible and Reformation Treasures Displayed at Concordia

Dec 21st, 2017 |

Editor’s Note: Throughout October 2017, Concordia hosted on campus a historic display of Reformation-era rare books. Over 2,500 visitors viewed in person 40 original items which told the Reformation story beginning with a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1454) and culminating in J. S. Bach’s personal, annotated “Calov” Bible (1681). The exhibit was a […]



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 […]



The Reformation @ 500 An Overview of the Religious, Political, Social and Cultural Impact

Dec 21st, 2017 |

This paper was delivered at Concordia University Chicago’s Reformation 500 Symposium, March 20, 2017. Portions of it were previously aired in an video interview: www.cuchicago.edu/reformation. In this essay we will explore not just history or theology, but culture and politics as well. This will give us a view of the Reformation at “40,000 feet,” so […]



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 […]



Lutheran Public Health Programs: A 21st Century Need

Aug 11th, 2017 |

Editor’s note: This article marks an expansion of the mission of Lutheran Education Journal. At its inception in 1864, LEJ focused solely on Lutheran elementary schools. One-room schools taught in the main by the pastor who was studying at the Lutheran Evangelical Teachers Seminary. As schools and congregations grew, the focus moved to the person […]



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.



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.



Meditating on Meekness, Teaching and a New School Year

Sep 12th, 2013 |

Teaching is a stressful occupation (Johnson et al. 2005; Chaplain 2008; McCarthy et al. 2010) and is certainly recognized as an emotional undertaking (Sutton, Mudrey-Camino and Knight 2009). Research shows that love, joy and satisfaction are positive emotions most teachers experience; it also shows, however, that frustration, anger and anxiety are also commonly experienced (Hatch 1993; Hargreaves 1998; Winograd 2003). Christian teachers would be well-served to consider the virtue of meekness as a probable and Biblical solution to frustration in the classroom. The following principles might assuage the effects of stress on teaching experiences.