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

Pentecost 2005, Volume 4, Number 3

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Front Cover of Pentecost 2005 CHARIS

Back Cover of Pentecost 2005 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Dr. He Qi, a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary in China. He is a council member of the Asian Christian Art Association and hopes to help change the "foreign image" of Christianity in China by using artistic language to blend Chinese folk customs and traditional Chinese painting techniques with the western art of the Middle and Modern Ages to create an artistic style of color on paper painting of biblical themes and images. More information about Dr. He Qi can be found on his website:

Front Cover - "Calling the Disciples"

Back Cover - "The Risen Lord"

Anschauungen (Culture of Death; Rethinking Lutheran Elementary Schools; What would Jesus Wear?; Lutheran Worship; A Fine Line; Gay Clergy, Same-Sex Unions, etc.)
John E. Bauer

A Kind Word for the Pope
Mark Braun

From Out the Cloak of the Church: A Century of Christian Faith in Film
Peter Fraser

Research Update: Effective Evangelistic Churches
John E. Bauer, Melinda Scott

Research Update: The Lutheran Elementary School, Early Childhood Education and Congregational Ministry Focus
John E. Bauer, Melinda Scott

Biblical Decision-Making and Mission Stewardship: Another Look
Glen Thompson

From the Chapel: Walking the Paths With God
Mel Friske

Faculty Address: May 2003 Honors Convocation
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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