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April 2010


This issue of the Christian Educators Journal introduces a number of important books that all Christian educators should read. It may be that readers will look at that as an impossible challenge. After all, educators are busy people, and when this issue of CEJ arrives in your mailbox in the staff room many of you […]

Shaping What We Love

What if education were primarily about shaping our hopes and passions? What if education were not first about what we know, but about what we love? If you find those interesting questions and would like to reexamine the task of being a Christian schoolteacher, then Jamie Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom is the book for you. […]

Reforming Christian Education: Omelets or Worldviews?

In his 2008 bestseller, Culture Making, Andrew Crouch, a former Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship chaplain at Harvard University, makes an eloquent argument for encouraging Christians to get busy making cultural artifacts of all kinds, from ideas to books, from ovens to crepes and mousetraps, even cars, missiles, and vaccines. It’s time we Christians stopped condemning and […]

Top Ten Books Every Christian Educator Should Read (According to One Book Lover, Anyway)

Teaching is hard work. It doesn’t seem reasonable that teachers should be required, in addition to all the lesson planning, grading, communicating with parents, committee work, and the million other things the job requires, to also have to read to improve their teaching. After a while, it gets tiring reviewing the latest in a series […]


I am not a big fan of books on parenting skills and never have been. While I consider myself a crazed learner, I have never found this genre (if you can call it that!) very compelling. Most often the things authors mention are pretty much common sense. After all, can’t most parenting be done well […]

The Fabric of Faithfulness

As noted by Steven Garber in his introductory acknowledgements, “One gift of this study has been a deepened understanding of the role that my own teachers have played in my life” (11). The impact of teachers and their leadership within the craft of learning is significant to the education of the next generation. Steven Garber’s […]

The Myth of Ability

Mathematics education has a bad rap. If you tell someone at a dinner party that you are a math teacher, they give you a funny look and move away or they tell you their horror story of their experience in mathematics education. Mathematics is an important tool and skill in today’s technological culture, and is […]

Teachers and Good Books

Question 1 What are some ways by which nonreading staff members can be encouraged to read more information or books that pertain to their work? I was reading an article, “What Makes a Great Teacher?” which summarized sixteen characteristics arrived at by participants of the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Summit on High-Performing Educators. I believe […]

Heading for a Mission Trip? Stop and Consider …

More and more schools are getting involved in “mission trips.” I applaud the initiatives in many way, but more and more research is suggesting there are serious flaws with the one- or two-week “mission project.” Haiti is currently in the news, and I don’t doubt that some of our schools will take the opportunity to […]

Woodpeckers and the Wonderful World of Books

I woke up this morning to the sight of two spectacular downy woodpeckers fully engaged in their calling. These two were industriously pecking into the soft wood of the Australian willow that was trimmed down to clear the way for the recent addition of several solar-voltaic panels. I argued to save the tree, but alas, […]

What are some books that all Christian educators should read?

January 20, 2010 Al Boerema asks the question: What are some books that all Christian educators should read?   January 30, 2010 Christian Altena begins the discussion: Hello all, I must admit that I don’t find myself reading very much outside my subject area, especially during the school year. So to start, a Christian teacher […]

Outside of a Dog, a Book Review is a Teacher’s Best Friend; Inside of a Dog, It’s Too Dark to Read— Or: So Many Book Recommendations So Little Time

Jan Karsvlaam recently took a hiatus from teaching seventh grade science at Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, North Carolina after an experiment using lard to teach students about the insulating properties of whale blubber resulted in the largest lard fight the state has ever known. Karsvlaam is reportedly applying to be assistant principal in […]