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

Christmas 2005, Volume 4, Number 4

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Front Cover of Christmas 2005 CHARIS

Back Cover of Christmas 2005 CHARIS

Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Luc Freymanc whose pen and ink drawings attempt to capture Jesus, primarily in his Passion. This Christmas we are reminded by these two drawings not just about Jesus' birth, but also about the reason he came to this world, namely, to suffer and die to save us. Mr. Freymanc's works are free for download from his website: His works are copyrighted: ©LucFreymanc 2001-2005.

Front Cover - "Mother and Child"

Back Cover - "Station 13 - Jesus Taken Down from the Cross"

Anschauungen (The Ten Commandments; A Sense of History; What's in a Name?; Where Have Lutheran Synods Gone?; Of Things Sacred and Secular)
John E. Bauer

What Does Scripture Teach About Christian Liberty?
Excerpt from the 1979 WELS "Grants Committee" Report
John Bauer, Theodore Hartwig, Armin Schuetze, Werner Franzmann, Harold Wicke

Blessings and Challenges in Big Church Ministries
Mark Braun

Removing Rose-Colored Glass From Presuppositions
Laurie Knapp, Rachel Kolander, Paul Boehlke

Taize: Good for Confessional Lutheran Worship?
Paul S. Meitner

Allowing for the Transcendent in Postmodernism
Rebecca Parker

Ishmael and Judah: Two Notes on Genesis
Glen Thompson


Book Reviews

The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll
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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