God Our Teacher: Theological Basics in Christian Education

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A topic of frequent discussion in religious education circles is the relationship between theology and practice. How does Christian theology work itself out in the teaching ministries of the church? Noted Christian education thinker Robert Pazmiño contemplates this debate and offers a contemporary overview of the messages theology brings to Christian education.
Sensitive to today's expanding global culture, God Our Teacher reaffirms the essential role theology plays in developing educational practices and conventions, and carefully fleshes out what it means to use the Trinity as a model for ordering educational thought and practice. This book will be welcomed by all those involved in fostering the growth and development of Christian education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801022845
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. Pazmiño (Ed.D., Teacher's College, Columbia University) is Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton Theological School. His many works include Foundational Issues in Christian Education and By What Authority Do We Teach?
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1. God For Us: The Trinity and Teaching 15
2. God Despite Us: Sin and Salvation 37
3. God With Us: Jesus, the Master Teacher 59
4. God In Us: The Holy Spirit and Teaching 87
5. God Through Us: The Church and Teaching 113
6. God Beyond Us: Our Future in Christian Education 133
Conclusion 159
Appendix Crossing Over to Postmodernity: Educational Invitations 161
Notes 173
Select Bibliography 189
Index 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    A 'Must Read' for new Christian teachers

    Pazmino¿s book is helpful for new Christian teachers to understand the concept of teaching that is explicitly Christian. It is a reminder for seasoned Christian teachers that their teaching focus should never waiver from Christ. I agree with Pazmino that Christian education encompasses proclamation, community formation, service, advocacy, and worship. Sunday school and Discipleship teachers present Christ to their students through the Bible while using their words and actions. Teachers then educate their students so that one day they will tell others about Jesus, share each other¿s burdens, do ministry, intercede in prayer, and glorify God. This is the process that Pazmino describes as ¿formation and transformation of person as beings for others (21).¿ Overall, I enjoyed reading Pazmino¿s book because he encapsulates principles central to the teachings of Christianity. He dissects the topic of Christian education and presents the various parts to the reader. This is a book all new Christian teachers should read. Pazmino¿s six ¿theological teachings¿ summarizes the main points of his book: · ¿God is the starting point of Christian education¿ (35) · ¿We teach: God transforms sin through salvation¿ (57) · ¿Jesus Christ provides a model for teaching that transcends time¿ (86) · ¿The Holy Spirit empowers us for teaching¿ (112) · ¿God works through us to accomplish His mission in the world¿ (132) · ¿God wants us to embrace the future of Christian education with living hope¿ (157)

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