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

a publication of the CHARIS Institute, Inc.

Easter 2006, Volume 5, Number 2

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Front Cover of Easter 2006 CHARIS

Back Cover of Easter 2006 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Cornelius Monsma, a modern day self-professed expressionist artist who seeks to "create modern Christian art work that aims to visualize the deeper truths of Christianity without a religious aftertaste." Mr. Monsma's paintings can be viewed on his website

Front Cover - "Fellowship" oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

Back Cover - "Redemption" oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

Special Edition: Church Fellowship

Anschauungen (Déjà vu by Mark Braun; The View from the Pew by Bruce Eberle)

Official WELS and WLC Statements Regarding Church Fellowship

The Application of the Scriptural Principles of Fellowship to the Participation Of Non-WELS Students in Religion Oriented School Activities
Joel Gerlach

Church Door Firestorm Part 1: Correspondence Received Before the Cancellation of the 3rd Annual Church Door Symposium

Letter Sent to Pastors Notifying Them of the Cancellation of the Church Door Symposium

Church Door Firestorm Part 2: Correspondence Received After the Cancellation of the 3rd Annual Church Door Symposium

"We Do Fellowship Better" and Other Debatable Propositions
Mark Braun

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.

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