To Expel, or Not to Expel—That Is the Question

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Teachers and administrators in Christian schools face any number of issues that make teaching very difficult. In my experience, one issue is the decision about when to expel a student. This decision poses unique difficulty for Christian educators for a number of reasons. Christian schools, in my experience, strive toward the goal of creating a […]

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible

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Wall, Robert W. and David R. Nienhuis, eds. A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. This book was written by a number of members of the faculty at Seattle Pacific University who were unsuccessful in their search for a short and readable textbook that would […]

Dealing with Complexity

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This issue may cause a certain amount of discomfort in our school communities or even within us personally as Christian educators. No matter how carefully the matters affecting LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning) students (or staff or parents) in our Christian school communities are raised, there is no avoiding the complex range […]

The Educator’s Journey(s)

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In our careers as educators, we have all seen a wide variety of approaches that our colleagues take to do their work. All of us tend to speak, sometimes glibly, about the fact that we are called to our work by God; we speak of our work as vocation. But we know from personal experience […]

Living in Faith and Hope

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By the time you receive this issue, the summer holidays will likely be a fading memory for you, your students and colleagues, and you will have settled into the routine of a new school year.  It is my hope that you will have a rewarding year of learning and teaching. One of the many challenges […]

Organized Reading

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It will be clear from the reviews of the books in this issue that the world in which we as educators work is certainly becoming more complex. In this issue, you will be introduced to writing that deals, among other things, with the treatment of girls and women around the world and in your own […]

Healthy Workplaces

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We have all seen it—students who are overwhelmed by discouragement at their inability to “meet the standard” expected of them in their studies. Students who live with loss and brokenness in their families. Students who struggle with depression so deep that it causes them to consider suicide. Students who engage in self-harm. Students who experience […]

Hope in a Troubled World

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As I write this editorial, the news broadcasts are dominated by stories of fear and calamity. While this is perhaps the way the news is typically marketed to the public, there is something deeply disturbing about the cumulative impact of hearing every day about Ebola, ISIS, climate change, civil wars, crime, economic distress, and political […]

Rooted In, Responsive To, Reaching Out

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In October 2013, the Christian Educators Journal, in collaboration with the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service at Dordt College, sponsored a conference with the theme “ROOTED IN, RESPONSIVE TO, REACHING OUT: THE TASK AND IMPACT OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION.” The conference drew together over one hundred participants who, in lectures and workshops, dealt with […]