CHARIS: A Journal of Lutheran Scholarship, Thought, and Opinion.

Lent 2006, Volume 5, Number 1

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Front Cover of Lent 2006 CHARIS

Back Cover of Lent 2006 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Veronica Escudero who characterizes her paintings as Contemporary Sacred Art, believing that the Holy Spirit can use her artistic abilities to paint sacred works of art. The paintings depicting Jesus on the cross are intended to portray the sin that Jesus bore when he died for us. "In order for our sins to have been forgiven, Jesus had to die on the cross." Ms. Escudero's website is:

Front Cover - "Father Forgive Them" Mixed Media, 30 x 22.5

Back Cover - "Father into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46) Graphite 22.5 x 30

Anschauungen (Public Offence and Private Admonition; How Big is the Tent?; Academic Integrity and the "Framework of Fellowship;" College Qua College; Doctrine and Evolution; So Long and Thanks for All the Fish)
John E. Bauer

Changes in the Wisconsin Synod
Mark Braun

What Do Non-Christians Think About Christians and the Christian Church?
Angie Meissner

Research Update: Faction Attributes in the WELS
John E. Bauer

An Overview of Intelligent Design
David Gebhard


The CHARIS Institute, Inc., affiliated with Wisconsin Lutheran College, exists to provide a platform for the study and discussion of issues facing the Christian Church. It seeks to provide forums where scholars from the College, the Church, and the academic community can investigate issues of current concern to the Church and the world. It also exists to disseminate the products of such research and investigation to the College's larger communities. Through all these activities, CHARIS will generally seek to provide a means by which the College can contribute in distinctively Lutheran Christian academic ways to the evangelical mission of the Church.

Web site: Complete contents of previous issues of CHARIS can be found on the CHARIS web site. The Institute's web site URL is

CHARIS: A Journal of Lutheran Scholarship, Thought, and Opinion. 2005. All rights reserved. CHARIS is published four times each year by The CHARIS Institute, Inc., affiliated with and located on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226. Republication of 200 or fewer words may be made without written permission of the publisher, provided proper credit is given and two copies of the publication in which such material appears are forwarded to The CHARIS Institute. All issues are free of charge to WLC alumni, faculty, and staff, and are funded through, grants, gifts, and subscriptions. Direct all correspondence to Dr. John E. Bauer, Executive Director of The CHARIS Institute, Inc., at the above address. Telephone 414-443-8730. FAX: 414-443-8510. Email: Articles in CHARIS do not necessarily reflect the views of The CHARIS Institute, Wisconsin Lutheran College, or the editorial advisory board. Those wishing to submit manuscripts for consideration may do so by sending a disk with the document in either Word or WordPerfect. All manuscripts should be typed, single-spaced, and submitted directly to the editor. The editor is responsible for selection and acceptance of articles, but the responsibility for opinions and accuracy of facts in articles rests solely with the individual author. The editor is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. Unaccepted manuscripts will be returned if accompanied by a stamped return envelope. Further information about The CHARIS Institute can be found on our web site at