Thursday Theology: January 24, 2019

“To Be” or Not “To Be” as a Gospel Question Co-Missioners, It’s funny how big a difference little details can make. This week we pass along an observation about one such detail in the way St. Paul gets read. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community “To Be” or Not “To Be”: A Question to Ask When Reading St. …

Crossings Film Series: Kathryn Kleinhans

    Dr. Kleinhans talks about how the Crossings conference focuses on taking the Gospel and “crossing” it into our daily lives. She shares her excitement about the synergy among voices and theological perspectives. For her, meeting people at the conference feels like discovering family you never knew you had. She finds it a re-energizing opportunity to hear …

Thursday Theology: January 17, 2019

How God’s Law Works: Epiphanies from a Fiction Writer Co-Missioners, Bruce Modahl is the editor of our quarterly Crossings newsletter. He is also an avid reader and cultural observer who keeps his eye peeled for theological themes in what others might regard as strictly secular material. He recently signed on as a regular essayist for Thursday Theology, with …

Thursday Theology: January 10, 2019

Why Jesus’ Baptism Matters for Jesus’ Missionaries Co-Missioners, Our editor is also your writer this week. We leave it to him to let you know what you’re in for. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community January 2019- The classic calendar of the Western Church invites those who follow it spend the first Sunday after Epiphany reflecting on the …

Crossings Film Series: Sherman Lee

  Sherman Lee is an adult convert to Christianity. He quickly became involved in youth ministry, but after three years, he was feeling some burnout. Sherman took a step back from youth ministry and started taking Crossings classes with Ed Shroeder. He describes those classes as his “confirmation experience.” Sherman strongly feels that seeing and living life …

Thursday Theology: January 3, 2019

A Preacher Still on Trial Co-Missioners, A month ago, we posted the sermon that the Rev. Lori Cornell, editor of our “Sabbatheology” text study series, heard at her ordination on December 5, 1993. Today we pass along Lori’s reflections on twenty-five years of responding to the charge she received that day. As fellow stewards of the “the Word …

Thursday Theology December 20, 2018

“A Little Dirt for Christmas.” A Sermon. Co-Missioners, A formal liturgist calls it “The Nativity of our Lord.” The rest of us say “Christmas.” Either way, it’s just around the corner. With this in mind we bring you a sermon that Steve Albertin preached on a recent Christmas Eve at Christ Lutheran Church in a suburb of Indianapolis …

Crossings Film Series: Candice Wassell

  Candice Wassell is a pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon, IL, just outside of St. Louis, MO. She loves to play golf and loves that it is the perfect embodiment of what the law is. In golf, we have to do everything perfectly to hit a good shot, just like this world and culture pushes …

Thursday Theology December 13, 2018

Reflections on Mission: A Starting Point Co-Missioners, Today we introduce you, in some cases again, to the Rev. Richard Gahl of Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Dick is a good friend of Crossings. He was a featured speaker at our conference in 2010 and in the years since has published a couple of essays through Thursday Theology. …

Thursday Theology December 6, 2018

The Preacher’s Task: Robert W. Bertram to Lori Cornell (and Every Proclaimer) Co-Missioners, This coming Sunday, the Second of Advent, will feature St. Luke’s introduction to the ministry of John the Baptist (Lk. 3:1-6). In contrast to his co-evangelists, Luke kickstarts his account with a dramatic rollcall of regional potentates. His point, at least in part, is to …