God Our Teacher: Theological Basics in Christian Education

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"Here is a book that can be read for many purposes: as a substantial review of the calling of education in the mission of the church, as a challenging text on the theological foundations of Christian education, and as a stretching exercise for those who are serious about the educational and missional aspects of ministry."
-Ted Ward, Michigan State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, emeritus

"A refreshing and wise look at the teaching ministry of the church. Pazmiño has done well at grounding his reflections in a winsome and irenic historic orthodoxy."
-James Wilhoit, Wheaton College

"God Our Teacher explores the important roles of the Trinity in teaching ministries. Pazmiño serves the reader well in his call for balancing unity and diversity and engaging the world in a holistic ministry of teaching."
-Cathy Stonehouse, Asbury Theological Seminary

"God Our Teacher presents a balanced view that is continually framed by biblical boundaries and demonstrates Pazmiño's encyclopedic grasp of the resources that have stimulated his thinking."
-Julie Gorman, Fuller Theological Seminary

"God Our Teacher is a carefully crafted, robust, and theologically grounded vision for Christian education. A worthwhile read for anyone committed to the teaching ministry of the church."
-Robert Drovdahl, Seattle Pacific University

"God Our Teacher is different from typical books on teaching and learning in that it begins with Scripture and presents a theologically informed perspective for Christian education."
-Dennis E. Williams, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"No contemporary educator more creatively develops teaching metaphors or is better able to design theologically strong models for Christian education than Robert Pazmiño."
-Marlene LeFever, author of Creative Teaching Methods and Learning Styles

Robert W. Pazmiño (Ed.D., Columbia University) is Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton Theological School.

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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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