Nestorius and the Nestorian Church

Colleagues, Last week’s ThTh #111–Luther and the Jews, historic episcopate–generated considerable response. It’s still coming in. So I’ll wait a week or two before sorting it out and passing it on to you. Another reason for such a delay is that we’re doing a bit of vacation from now to mid-August–and NOT taking along the laptop! So for ThTh 112 …

Requests from Bishops

Colleagues, Two ELCA bishops have asked me for some theological help on sticky questions. That doesn’t happen often, so when it does, I perk up. Each bishop had 2 such tough questions. One bishop’s pair was: What did Luther really say about the Jews (and why)? Do the Lutheran Confessions give us any real help in the ELCA’s in-house hassle …

Reader Responses

Colleagues, Our posting for ThTh #110 is a collection of smaller items–a mixed bag, but good stuff. After a lead-in citation from Luther there follows reader-responses to recent postings and then an insider’s report from Canada.  Peace & Joy! Ed God’s law and Christian ethics: The heart of the matter.Sent in by an ELCA pastor Luther’s Sermon on I Timothy …

Women Pastors – Christ’s Gifts to the Church

Colleagues, For this week, one from the archives of 24 years ago. Ancient as it is, it may cheer some ThTh receivers in the Lutheran Church of Australia right now. In the next days the LCA at its 2000 church assembly will vote yes or no on women clergy. Our year in Adelaide (1994) as guests at the LCA seminary …

Church Discipline

Colleagues, Only once in my life–almost 70 years now–did I experience a case of church discipline. I was hardly a major player in the event. But I was present–as an uncomprehending child–in the Sunday morning service 60 years ago when a member was formally excommunicated from Trinity Lutheran Church in Coal Valley, Illinois. Asking my dad what that was all …

Coping with Chaos

Colleagues, Robin sent over this slice-of-life for me to send on to you today. It’s powerful.  Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder GOD SAID “Wild and waste” is the way the Bible I was reading translates “tohu va-vohu” in the Hebrew text of Genesis 1:2. “When the earth was wild and waste darkness over the face of Ocean, rushing spirit of …

The Ownership Question- Whose We Are

Colleagues, Yesterday was the summer solstice. In the USA the saying goes: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” That’s never been scientifically documented, and probably isn’t true. But that’s my excuse for sending out a sermon for this week’s ThTh. Robin has her plate extra full these days. “Summertime easy” is not true for her. I’ve been out of town …

Missiology in the Orthodox Seminary in Albania

Dear Folks, After our trip to South Africa and the missiology conference in January, I joined an e-mail list called “family missiology”. This report about Christianity in Albania grabbed my attention and we got permission to include it as a THTH. Enjoy, Robin Missiology in the Orthodox Seminary in Albania After just over a week in Albania, I thought I …

Mission Theology Begins with a Sad Message

Today’s Thursday theologian is Agne Nordlander, my colleague a few years ago at the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa. Agne’s a missionary from the Swedish Evangelical Mission [SEM], a Lutheran agency for mission both within Sweden and overseas. Founded in 1856, the SEM started mission work in Ethiopia 1866 and is one of founders of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church …