I had the blessing of studying under Dr Bartsch as a post graduate student at Australian Lutheran College. I was also honoured to provide an article to a festschrift issue of the Lutheran Theological Journal to honour his work.
He has been a faithful servant of Lutheran schools in Australia (and overseas for that matter) for a rather significant time. As an undergraduate student taking my Lutheran teaching qualification I was required to read his EdD thesis , ‘Why a Lutheran school? Education and theology in dialogue’, a number of times in different contexts. It was, and is to a certain extent, the key text which discusses the interaction between education and theology in Australian Lutheran school.
Malcolm did not want his thesis published and used in that particular context. For a long time he looked towards creating a more cohesive book designed to fit the purpose of giving staff in Lutheran schools in Australia a solid understanding of the theology and subsequent world view which underpins the schools of the LCA.
‘A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools’ is this book and has been released recently. You can order a hard version of it here. Not surprisingly you can also access a free PDF version on the same page and can obtain a free copy in Kindle/iBook format by sending an email to Lutheran Education Australia.
As a student, teacher, leader and academic in the field of Lutheran education I have been greatly blessed by Dr Bartsch’s work and highly recommend his new book to everyone involved with Lutheran education. It is an excellent and thorough treatment of the basis of the ministry of Lutheran schooling in Australia.