"To reject power and its legitimate use is ultimately to reject God's gift and intention for Christians as we live in the world," writes Robert W. Pazmino.
He defines what authority is and how it is perceived by and operates in various Christian communities. He applies these factors and the need for confident, authoritative teachers specifically to the ministry of Christian education.
By What Authority Do We Teach? completes a trilogy covering key elements of evangelical education. Also in print are Foundational Issues in Christian Education, an agenda of theological, sociological, psychological, curricular, and other concerns; and Principles and Practices of Christian Education, which integrates conversion and connection into the teaching task.
Robert W. Pazmino
Robert W. Pazmino (Bob) originally from Brooklyn, NY is Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton Theological School where he has taught since 1986. He has also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary for five years and other theological schools across the country and abroad. He is the author of several books, including Latin American Journey: Insights for Christian Education in North America (1994), Basics of Teaching for Christians (1998), God Our Teacher (2001), So What Makes Our Teaching Christian? (2008), and Doing Theological Research (2009). A third edition of his widely used text Foundational Issues in Christian Education was published in 2008. His educational and spiritual memoir A Boy Grows in Brooklyn was published in 2014. He holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University in cooperation with Union Seminary. He is ordained in the American Baptist Churches and serves as a national consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Bob is married to Wanda R. Pazmino who served as a home-school liaison for the Newton Public Schools and they have two children and two grandchildren who live nearby in Newton.