On Extracting Good News from a Thankless Text. An Example

Co-missioners, Gospel-minded preachers have had a tough go of it these past many weeks. So have people who drag themselves to church or sit through online services in the hope of hearing some good news from God to carry them through another week. As today’s writer will observe, the immediate culprit here is St. Luke. More to the …

Reflections on the ELCA’s 2022 Churchwide Assembly

Co-missioners, Our writer this week is Chris Repp. That’s Chris as in the Rev. Dr., pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois; also a long-serving member of the Crossings board, convener of our biweekly Book Club (drop him a note if you’d like to join), and one of the writers who produce our weekly text studies. Chris spent …

A Review of David Zahl’s Low Anthropology

Co-missioners, Are you looking for ways to talk about the Gospel with people who can’t imagine needing it? If so, we send you notice of a book you’ll want to buy. It was published only last month. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________   A Review of David Zahl’s Low Anthropology by Bruce K. Modahl Bibliographic Details— Zahl, …

In Praise of Thanks

Co-missioners, What, you may ask, is the best gift Christianity can bring to American public life, or to the mood of the world, for that matter? Marcus Felde has an intriguing response to that question today. He’ll draw on some deep cross-cultural experience as he makes the case for it. Along the way he’ll also show us why …

Extra Nos: An Ordination Sermon

Co-missioners, A month ago, a servant of Christ named Robin Small was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, Ohio. Robin had been serving at St. Mark’s under the auspices of the ELCA’s Northwestern Ohio Synod as a Synodically Authorized Minister. While doing so, she had also fulfilled requirements …

Reflections on the Queen’s Funeral

Co-missioners, We send along some thoughts from our editor about Queen Elizabeth’s funeral ten days ago. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ “Their Sound is Gone Out into All Lands” Reflections on the Queen’s Funeral On September 19th the online version of the New York Times livestreamed the day-long solemnities of the funeral and burial of Queen …

On Performative Utterances

Co-missioners, Today Carol Braun takes up an issue that grates on more than a few of us, we suspect. It’s one of those hot topics in our current culture wars that gets Christians sniping at each other too. Carol will push us all to think more carefully about the matter than we tend to, and with greater charity …