This work explores a perennial question that Christians who are called to teach must consider: So what makes our teaching Christian? It considers the essential and distinctive elements of Christian teaching by examining the apostles' teaching ministry in the Book of Acts and aspects of Jesus's own teaching in the Gospel of John. It proposes how teaching in the name, spirit, and power of Jesus relates to the teaching ministries of Christians today. For example, an in-depth look at Jesus's teaching of both Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman known in Christian tradition as Photini provides insights for transformative teaching of both insiders and outsiders in a Christian community. This work is a theological, pastoral, and educational exploration of Christian teaching that has implications for both laity and clergy in their ministries.
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.