The debate within the ELCA about HE-succession (continued)

Colleagues, The core of last week’s ThTh 121 was Walt Bouman’s analysis of the specifics of the document “Called to Common Mission” (CCM), the recent agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church USA. Walt corrected some misinformation I’d passed on in earlier ThTh postings. His words drew interesting responses from a number of you on …

Greater Accuracy on the ELCA’s agreement with US Episcopalians

Colleagues, I have to eat crow. I was wrong, simply mistaken. About what? About the picture I had of the document “Called to Common Mission” [CCA], the agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] and the Episcopal Church USA [ECUSA] pertaining to ordination of future pastors in the ELCA. Here’s what I now know. The specs of the …

Reader Response on Necessitating Christ in Preaching

Colleagues, Here’s some feedback that’s come my way on the topic above. Peace & Joy!  Ed From the pastor who preached the sermon that triggered the discussion, this one-liner—Re: Thursday Theology 118. Thanks Ed. Nice job. Fun to read. (Name) From a Seminex grad, now a pastor in Indiana—It seems simple enough to me: There is no other name under …

Luther’s Theology of Mission

Colleagues, Six months ago an ELCA bishop asked me: “Was Mission the ‘Great Omission’ in the Lutheran Reformation?” Robin Morgan and I had heard that question turned into an indicative statement earlier this year at the international missiology conference in S. Africa. Finally I’ve come across something that speaks to the question. It’s an essay published in “Missionsblatt” (Mission Bulletin) …

Response to Sermon

[N.B. The writers for Sabbatheology and Thursday Theology do their work for free. Our listserve provider, however, does not. Contributions to palliate his pressing us for pecunia are welcome. Here’s the address: The Crossings Community, PO Box 7011, St. Louis MO 63006-7011.]  Colleagues, Four weeks ago (ThTh 114) I reported on the Schroeder clan reunion and our family discussion around …

Two Letters 1: Out of Africa — Some Observations 2: How ugly evil is!

Colleagues, The text for ThTh #117 is two letters just arrived from South Africa. First letter comes from Art and Mitzi Preisinger, ELCA mission volunteers. Art and I were seminary classmates in the 1950s. The Preisingers did campus ministry for a good long while, and in more recent years Art taught theology at Texas Lutheran University (Seguin TX). He retired …

Unity of the Church:the ELCA’s In-House Controversy on the Historic Episcopate

Colleagues, Last week’s posting, a series of your responses to ThTh #111, asked me to re-think the historic episcopate [HE], specifically my contention that if HE is now a YOU GOTTA in the ELCA, then it could indeed be a no-no for Reformation-rooted Lutherans. Several of you respondents went to the Lutheran Confessions themselves to show that the Confessors’ critique …

Readers’ Responses

Colleagues, Today’s edition, ThTh #115, offers readers’ responses to recent postings. There’s quite a bunch. If possible I’ll try next week to address some of the items raised here. Peace & Joy!  Ed Last week’s critique (ThTh 114) of a Christ-less sermon we encountered on the weekend of the Schroeder family reunion elicited this from an ELCA pastor in California– …

Preaching the Gospel (again!)

Colleagues, It’s clearly a bone caught in my craw (or a barley-beard inside my pants leg, as we used to say back on the farm 60 yrs ago). Namely, preaching, less-than-Gospel preaching–and that from preachers who know the Gospel, but (apparently) don’t notice when they are NOT preaching it. Case in point. Background: Every two years on the first weekend …

The Authority To Be (Culpably) Inclusive: A Mark of Bonhoeffer’s Confessio

Robert W. Bertram [Paper presented at the Eighth International Bonhoeffer Congress, Berlin, Germany, August, 2000. UTS Archives, Bonhoeffer Secondary Papers, Series 1B Box 7] 1. Preview A. Entitled To Be Tainted Previously I had occasion to write about Bonhoeffer’s exclusiveness. (l) Really it was God s exclusiveness, as Bonhoeffer witnessed it. But that was only the first shoe. With this …