Thursday Theology, April 18, 2019

Co-missioners, On this Maundy Thursday we send along a few items for your devotional reflection on the mission of Christ Crucified and your role as one his cross-bearing agents. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community Looking at the Passion through the Wrong End of Exodus, and Other Notes for Holy Week by Jerome Burce The wrong end of …

Thursday Theology, April 11, 2019

Anticipating Easter: A Sermon on Luke 24 Co-missioners, We are jumping the gun this week in the race toward Easter. Among you are some who are groping for thoughts on what you’ll say from a pulpit that morning. You might find something here that will clarify the murk and point you down a path. All of us, regardless …

Thursday Theology: April 4, 2019

A Surprising Paucity of “Forgiveness” Colleagues, Today your editor, Jerome Burce, sends along an item that snagged his eye recently. He hopes it will sharpen other eyes over the next few weeks of late Lent and early Easter. In case you missed the note our executive directors dispatched this past Tuesday, we pass along news of a gathering …

Thursday Theology: March 28, 2019

Where is God When Disaster Strikes? Co-Missioners, Our news-feeds this month have delivered accounts and photos of tornadoes ripping through Alabama, and of terrible floods in southern Africa and the great plains of North America. The losses were enormous. We might also describe them as unspeakable were we not so used to speaking of such things, so often …

Thursday Theology: March 21, 2019

Co-Missioners, Today’s writer is Margaret M. Schauer, Ph.D., of Fairview Park, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Most of us who know Peggy—so she invites people to call her—first met her at the Crossings Conference of 2018, where she stunned the audience with a brief report on her work as a Christ-conscious urban educator. Bruce Modahl summarized her remarks …

Thursday Theology: February 28, 2019

Co-Missioners, Today’s piece comes from your editor, who freely admits that he’s having some fun with a serious rant. Enjoy where you can. Grimace where you must. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community Why I Detest the Expression “People of Faith” By Jerome Burce I blame Rex Stout for the tic of verbal snobbery that serves with so …

Thursday Theology, March 14, 2019

Giving Thanks for Ed Schroeder Co-Missioners, Some 240 people gathered in St. Louis yesterday for Ed Schroeder’s funeral. It took place at Ed’s and spouse Marie’s home congregation for almost half a century, Bethel Lutheran Church in University Heights. The Rev. Dr. William Yancey, their pastor for most of this time, preached and presided. Jerry Burce, current president …