Adolescents’ Moral Compass, Adults’ Moral Presence

Article by Daniel R. Heischman

While Christianity is increasingly reticent to masquerade as sociology or psychology, the finding of these disciplines still remain significant for the church. A recent example is the Girl Scouts Survey, a nationwide sampling of the moral and spiritual perspectives of some 5,000 children and adolescents in grades 4-12. It provides some revealing and at times …

Chapter 10: Religious Language and Christian Education  in  The Language Gap and God: Religious Language and Christian Education

Book Chapter by Randolph Crump Miller

The language-game concept is helpful as we try to understand ways of thinking in other cultures, not only primitive ones or those foreign to us but also the subcultures in our own country. Miller suggests practical applications — engaging in dialogue, clarifying the nature of the Gospel, and developing worship and education.

Educating the Congregation

Article by Susan E. Schreiner

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond Clericalism: The Congregation as a Focus for Theological Education. Edited by Joseph Hough, Jr., and Barbara G. Wheeler. Scholars Press, 151 pp., $28.95; paperback, $18.95.

Everyday Theology

Article by Delwin Brown and Meridith Underwood

We approach this study with a basic assumption: that being religious is being human. When people believe in God, pray before the wailing wall in Jerusalem, struggle to escape the cycles of existence, handle poisonous snakes, join religious orders, or spend their time pondering so-called religious questions, they are doing something characteristically human. That may …

Jesus Isn’t Cool

Article by Chanon Ross

Cramming more than 50 high school students into a small room for weekly Bible study is challenging, but getting them to talk about sex is not. When the questioning hand of one 15-year-old boy shot up in the back of the room, I braced myself. "Is masturbation a sin? — I really gotta know." I …

Making Belief Intelligible

Article by Jeremiah Gibbs

Karl Barth famously attacked apologetics–the attempt to offer a persuasive account of Christian belief on mutually agreed-upon grounds of reason–as a misguided task, part of the failure of theological liberalism. When you focus on making sense to those outside the faith, Barth warned, you end up adopting their worldview. When you lean way over to …

The Future Came Yesterday

Article by Michael Leach

One thing is certain. Change. But too much change, coming too fast and too soon, can shake and shatter our lives, leaving many of us confused and unable to cope. "Nobody," argued Alvin Toffler in Future Shock, "can be pushed above his adaptive range without suffering disturbance and disorientation." And it’s clear that "disturbance and …

Two or Three and God

Article by Richard W. Sales

Some years ago, when I was teaching at a theological seminary in South Africa, I had a very peculiar experience; as with the bear in James Thurber’s “bear that could take it or leave it alone,” the experience was somewhat more frightening to my colleagues than is my normal, somewhat cynical self. To put it …