An Approach to “Discerning the Spirit” (Part Two of a Keynote Address)

Colleagues, Last week you got the first part of my address to the Crossings conference last January. In the course of introducing the overall topic and the several speakers involved, I did a riff of sorts on the core issue—the conundrum, as I called it—that thinkers of a Lutheran confessional bent keep returning to. There is Gospel, and there is …

The Confounding Gospel (Part One of a Keynote Address)

Colleagues, My turn. Yes, doubtless you’re weary of hearing about the Crossings conference in Belleville last January, and of course the papers delivered there are available for perusing on the Crossings website. But why would you think to go looking for them? And why, when what we heard was such good stuff, should I deprive you of the chance to …

A Timely Look at Pentecostalism through a Law-and-Gospel Lens (Part Three)

Colleagues, Here is the final installment of Steve Kuhl’s presentation on Pentecostalism, delivered at the Crossings conference last January. I pass it along without further ado. Peace and Joy, Jerry Burce ________________________________________________ The Holy Spirit in the Age of Pentecostalism (Part 3 of 3) Steven C. Kuhl 34. As Pentecostals zero in on the Acts 2 Pentecost story, they become focused …

A Timely Look at Pentecostalism through a Law-and-Gospel Lens (Part Two)

Colleagues, In the two weeks since our last post the world’s attention has swiveled to Rio de Janeiro, where the point I made in my introduction to said post is on vivid display. Rio is a spirited place at the moment, awash in all manner of energies and forces. To call them Olympic is accurate. Some are strong enough to …

A Timely Look at Pentecostalism through a Law-and-Gospel Lens (Part One)

Colleagues, It bears recalling in times like these that the world seethes with spirits of every kind and hue. Americans who paid attention to the politics of these past two weeks saw this on display in the arenas of Cleveland and Philadelphia. Assorted gusts of this or that either tore or wafted through those cavernous spaces, some dividing the crowds, others …

The Donald and Me

Colleagues, The Republican convention cuts loose next Monday in the city I call home these days. With the date so near, a sense of dread is finally intruding on the euphoria that gripped the place last month when the local basketball team pulled off the impossible and beat the media darlings from that insufferable metropolis to the far west. Last …

Ed Schroeder on Kingdoms and The Kingdom. A July 4th Special

Colleagues, At some point in this past Easter season Ed Schroeder found himself reading the following in a Sunday morning bulletin: “In our liturgy today we stand on the threshold of our Lord’s ascension into heaven, and the conclusion of his ministry among us, and the beginning of humanity’s work to build God’s dominion on earth.” Ed went home and …

The Gerasene Demoniac, a Strange Yet Timely Text

Colleagues, Again a long hiatus. Again an effort to get back on track with sending you material, and to stay there for a while. The formal relaunch will happen tomorrow night. For now an item that may or may not whet your appetite. It will depend on how you feel about reading sermons. I’m ambivalent about it myself. A sermon …

Easter Leftovers, especially a Nagging Question about John 20:23

Colleagues, Easter was a succulent season this year. I say that as one with the odd weekly job of chewing on tough texts so as to spit out something that others might find nutritious. Not that my teachers of yore described the preaching task in quite this way, but there it is. It’s what we preachers do, one bird feeding …