Thursday Theology- 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 in St. Louis on June …

Thursday Theology- 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 do they happen. Today Bruce Modahl …

Thursday Theology- The Gospel at E. 93rd and Kinsman

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- Why I Detest the Expression “People of Faith”

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- Giving Thanks for Ed Schroeder (Repost of “The Care and Redemption of God’s Creation”)

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 of our board of directors, …

Thursday Theology- “Will No One Have the Guts to be a Sinner?” (Part 1)

Co-Missioners, This is another offering from your editor, Jerome Burce. In passing it along he observes that it’s been a long time in gestation, and is still a work in progress. A prelude of sorts appeared three and a half years ago in Thursday Theology. It introduced and accounted for the essay’s brusque title. That the essay itself …