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

Fall 2004, Volume 4, Number 1

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Front Cover of Fall 2004 CHARIS

Back Cover of Fall 2004 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Cheryl S. Harrison, who has painted a series based on African American spirituals. In describing her art she says, "The writers of the African-American spirituals approached their art with a great integrity that balanced suffering with hope, and oppression with a great spiritual freedom. These slave singers... were able to keep their eyes focused on heaven, able to trust God so completely, able to believe that each of them was God's favorite son or daughter." More information about the artist can be found at:

Front Cover - "My Lord, What a Mornin'"

Back Cover - "God's Gonna Set This World on Fire"

Anschauungen (Can a Lutheran be a Democrat?; Capitalism and Christian Charity; The Church as Rotary; Institutional Life Cycles; Liberal vs. Conservative)
John E. Bauer

A Study in Hermeneutics
Theodore Hartwig

Reporting on Religion Reporting
Mark Braun

Lutheran Elementary School Enrollments
Brian Jacobsen and John E. Bauer

Staying Green: The Importance of Continued Scholarship in the Parish
Paul Meitner

Political Trust and Religion
Jerry Poppe

From the Chapel: "Faith Through the Spirit" - A Meditation and Reflection on the Life of Gary Greenfield Based on Psalm 16
John E. Bauer


Book Reviews

The Present Future by Reggie McNeal
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

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.

CHARIS: A Journal of Lutheran Scholarship, Thought, and Opinion. 2004. 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 Word Perfect. 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