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

Lent 2005, Volume 4, Number 2

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Front Cover of Lent 2005 CHARIS

Back Cover of Lent 2005 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of a developmentally disabled artist by the name of Harold Crowell. His acrylic paintings can be found on the following website: These two paintings are on display in the board room of the corporate center of Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc., Watertown, Wisconsin.

Front Cover - "Crucifixion"

Back Cover - "Moses"

Anschauungen (Religion and Politics; Yes, But....; Women and Voting; Speaking the Truth in Love; More on the School Problem)
John E. Bauer

Existentialism and Theology
Martin Galstad

A Creation Every Moment: The Anticipation of Judgment and Rescue in Herbert's "Nature"
Erik Ankerberg

Contemplating our Navels: Consideration of Time That Never Was
Paul Boehlke

Hermeneutics in Everyday Life
Author Unknown

A Statement Regarding Non-WELS Students in the College's Choirs
Mark Braun and John E. Bauer

Research Update: WELS Baptism Rates Lower in Congregations with Elementary Schools
John E. Bauer and Brian Jacobsen

From the Chapel: Founders' Day
Paul Lehninger


Book Reviews

From Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001)
Breakout Churches by Dr. Thom Rainer (2005)
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.

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