Brad Alles

Brad Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and received his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago.

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Christianity’s Contributions: Schools started (Part 2)

As Jesus told the Apostles in Matthew 28:19-20,  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Schools started (Part 1)

A new month (and year!) begins a new blog series on Christianity’s contributions.  In examining the past cultural additions Christianity has made, possibly none other is as notable as the opening of schools and the impact that the Church has had on education in general.  Throughout this month, we’ll see that private and public schools, [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Hospitals opened (Part 4)

As we close out this series on Christianity’s contributions to society, we focus on healthcare.  Besides the opening of hospitals and asylums, the training and education of those who cared for the ill was improved.  Nursing is one example. In the Early Church, widows, deaconesses, and young women were nurses, providing comfort to the sick. [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Hospitals opened (Part 3)

The Christian Church made contributions to society that we may not even realize.  This month the focus is upon the health care contributions to the world.  Following the example of Jesus and the apostles, the Early Church sought to heal those who were sick. As we have seen, hospitals were first opened due to the [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Hospitals opened (Part 2)

As we continue to see what the Christian Church did in the development of healthcare, let’s focus on the opening of hospitals. Jesus went about healing many people.  Matthew 4:23 says, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Hospitals opened (Part 1)

The contributions by the Christian Church through the centuries are many.  Because of the love of God displayed in the salvation provided by Jesus Christ, believers’ lives were changed, and in return, they changed their culture.  The development of hospitals is one such example. Travel through a large city and notice the names of the [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Charity increased (Part 4)

As we finish this month’s blog series on the increase of charitable giving due to the influence of Christianity,  let’s detail the developments through time. Orphanages were started by the Christian Church.  At first, Christians rescued abandoned children and raised them in their own homes.  After the legalization of Christianity by the Roman Empire (313 AD), [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Charity increased (Part 3)

As we examine the impact of God’s Word on culture, one of the most profound changes was in the realm of assistance to the poor and needy.  Unlike the Roman concept of giving to get something in return, Christians followed the example of Christ and multiple verses that emphasized true charity—giving without expecting anything in [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Charity increased (Part 2)

This month we examine the impact of aid given to the needy due to God’s Word and the charitable institutions that arose from the influence of the Christian church.  As we saw previously, charity wasn’t part of the fabric of Greco-Roman life.  It was, however, woven throughout the pages of the Bible. In the Old [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Charity increased (Part 1)

Let’s turn our attention to the issue of charitable giving and the humane treatment of others as we continue to examine the contributions that Christianity has made in culture.  The Christian Church chartered a new direction in the treatment of the poor, sick, and others.  The reason for this was simple–such treatment was not found in the [&hellip

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