Issue 1

Lutheran Education Volume 133, Issue 1, 1997

Matters of Opinion…Upholding Or Holding Up

Lutheran Schools and the Making of Christians

The author examines the purpose of Lutheran schools in light of their historical, social, and cultural contexts. He argues that Lutheran schools have not achieved their full potential as agencies of Christian formation, conforming and transforming students to live in faithful Christ-like ways, and offers a challenging personal vision of how schools might do this more effectively. by John Westerhoff

Building Christ-Esteem in Children

Wilke, a preschool teacher and early childhood center director, argues for replacing the current emphasis on developing “self-esteem” in children with “Christ-esteem,” a concept which links children’s emotional and spiritual health by centering on helping them understand themselves as having worth because of what Christ has done for them. by Jane Wilke

Children in Worship: An Overview of the Project

The authors present the purposes, research methods, and preliminary findings of a study conducted to gather data on current Lutheran worship practices as an important source for children’s initial moral, ethical, and spiritual development. The implications of the study will be developed further in a series of articles throughout the current volume of Lutheran Education. by Peter Becker, Shirley Morganthaler, and Gary Bertels

An Identity Problem? Law, Gospel, and Lutheran Schools

A Lutheran school principal calls for a renewed commitment to the distinctively Lutheran understanding of Law and Gospel as a foundation for life and teaching within the school community and shares examples of how such an understanding schools accomplish their purpose, to “point the way to Christ.” by Sherman Korshavn

Using Drama In Chapel Services

Burkhart argues for the effectiveness of involving children in worship through the use of drama in services. He offers guidelines for using drama effectively and includes examples of successful approaches. by Jeffrey Burkart

The Enemy’s Name is Apathy

Wayne Lucht’s columns during his 10 years as editor of Lutheran Education were one of the most widely read features of the journal. In this essay, first written in 1965, Lucht warns of the dangers of surrendering to student apathy in the Sunday School class (or Bible class or religion classroom) and reminds readers of the importance of relationships in teaching religion. by Wayne Lucht

Administrative Talk…Servant Leadership

Children at Worship…Hymns for Chapel: Some Planning Strategies

DCE Expressions Confessions of a Collar Chaser

Multiplying Ministries…What Do You Do for a Living?

Secondary Sequence…Here We Are, All Together, As We Sing His Song

Teaching the Young Opening the Mind of a Child, Part Two: Curriculum and Learning

The Gospel According to Winnie-the-Pooh…Chapter 6: In Which We Are Deceived

A Final Word…May I Ask You a Question?