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Dordt Writes event features Dr. Jay Shim, "Proclaiming Christian Education"

January 6, 2014

The January Dordt Writes event will feature Dordt College Professor of Theology Dr. Jay Shim. All are invited to share a cup of coffee and a cookie and hear him talk briefly about his books, Proclaiming Christian Education, at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 13, in the Dordt College John and Louise Hulst Library.

Proclaiming Christian Education is a set of two books written in the Korean language, one for children and one for teachers using the book for children.

Following the theme of “Creation, Fall, Redemption,” the books teach children about God and help them see that they have value and important work to do.

“Korean society is very competitive and young people are under tremendous stress caused by the entrance examination to universities,” explained Shim, who says that this pressure shapes the culture and can cause many to suffer low self-esteem. “This secular tendency is also reflected among the Christian community. Within this cultural context, the books describe how Christians should think and live, how God created mankind and how he is now recreating them, how to live out Christian faith in actual life situations, and how faith guides study and work.”

Shim, who was born in Korea, has spent two summers with several of Dordt’s Korean students teaching fifth and sixth grade students in Korea about faith. They have worked with churches, Christian schools, and educators.

To read more about the books and the work that Shim is doing in Korea, visit

Shim has a Ph.D. in theology from Calvin Theological Seminary. Before coming to Dordt College, Shim was the dean of research and professor of theology at Baekseok University in Seoul. He has served on a number of committees and as a  multi-cultural liaison for the Christian Reformed Church.

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