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

Summer 2004, Volume 3, Number 3

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Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Cornelis Monsma, a modern day self-professed artist-painter, who seeks to create contemporary Christian art work that relates to a broader audience than Christianity only, aiming "not to leave behind a religious after-taste." Monsma's inspirational Christian art work has a distinct figurative-expressionist flavour, bordering on abstract, translating his biblical orientated inspiration into colors and compositions, that are understood and appreciated by a rapidly increasing circle of collectors and admirers worldwide.

Cornelis Monsma, 164 Newcastle Road, Hamilton, New Zealand, Phone: +64 7 8478819, Email:

Front Cover - "Spiritual Warfare" inspired by Ephesians 6:12. 39" x 42" oil on canvas.

Back Cover - "The Bruised Reed" inspired by Isaiah 42:3. 36" x 30" oil on canvas.

Anschauungen (CHARIS Changes; Denominational Loyalty; Still More on Leadership; Leaders for Life?; Preliminary Findings About Lutheran Elementary School Enrollments; Doctrine by Democracy: The ELCA Human Sexuality Study; Alienated Adolescents?)
John E. Bauer

Leadership for WELS Women: Recognize Their Existence, Value and Equip Them, Use Them or Lose Them
Katherine Wendland

Congregational Leadership: Observations from Twelve Years of Parish Assistance
Paul Kelm

Sounding out The Passion of the Christ
Peter Fraser

Reflections on a New Science Building
Paul Boehlke


Book Reviews

A Tale of Two Synods by Mark E. Braun
Reviewed by Joel Gerlach

Understanding Leadership by Tom Marshall
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

A Fish Out of Water by George Barna
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

CHARIS, the Institute of 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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