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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • “Kill Me, Jesus!” Notes on a Hymn and the Woman who Wrote It
    Co-missioners, This week’s offering comes from our editor. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ “Kill Me, Jesus!” Notes on a Hymn and the Woman who Wrote It by  Jerome Burce I met Elisabeth Cruciger last week. I want you to meet her too. I think she merits our high regard as the first woman theologian of the Lutheran movement. My encounter with ...
  • On Ministry and Epiphany
    Co-missioners, We have two items for you this week. The first, by Matt Metevelis, is a year-and-a-half old. We found it on his Facebook page at the end of July in 2021. Our thanks for his permission to share it with you. It’s one of the most succinct and bracing reflections on Word and Sacrament ministry that ...
  • Some Christmas Leftovers
    Co-missioners, He has done it before. He does it again. Our editor passes along some lingering thoughts as a major season of the church year draws to a close. A dollop of Luther comes with it. A bit of Bach too, for that matter. On this Eleventh Day of Christmas— Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ Some Christmas Leftovers by Jerome ...
  • A Scholar’s Update
    Co-missioners, Dare we call him a Crossings scholar? The church historian Kurt K. Hendel launched his teaching career in 1973 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and joined Christ Seminary—Seminex in February, 1974. When that school dissolved in 1983, he was among the majority of faculty members who found a new teaching home at the Lutheran School of ...
  • A Christmas Gift of Blessed Remembering (Daniel Erlander)
    Co-missioners, Today we’re on the cusp of celebrating the Birth of births. This may strike you as an odd time to be sending you an obituary, as some might call it. Then again, perhaps it’s the best of times for such a thing. How better to celebrate Christmas than by highlighting an example of what that ...
  • Announcing Edmund Schlink’s “Ecumenical Dogmatics”
    Co-missioners, Back in the 1970’s, the nascent libraries of America’s earnestly Lutheran seminarians were likely to include two books by the German theologian Edmund Schlink. One discussed the Lutheran confessions. The other focused on the doctrine of baptism. Both had been issued in translation by Concordia Publishing House which, for a time, had shown some interest ...
  • A Review of David Bentley Hart’s Atheist Delusions
      Co-missioners, The Old Testament reading for next Sunday, Isaiah 35:1-10, will invite us to consider the world’s unfolding history from God’s point of view. This makes today’s offering especially apt. Our thanks to George Heider, Retired Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University, for blessing us with it. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ Who’s Fooling Whom?: Reflections on David ...
  • The Continuing Witness of Richard R. Caemmerer, Sr.
    Co-missioners, The Crossings Community meets at the end of next month to confer on the topic, “The Promising Community: Can I Have a Witness?” The second half of this title was supplied by our colleague, Bruce Modahl, who has heard the phrase used in predominantly Black churches as preachers call for an on-the-spot response to the ...
  • God’s Call: Forgiveness, Freedom, and Vocation
    Co-missioners, A new church year starts on Sunday. Those who pay attention to such things will be drawn to think again about God’s unfolding operations in the world, and about the roles they’re given to play in this, whether as recipients or contributors. This makes it an apt time to pass along a gift from Jill Peláez ...
  • Pressing Reminders from Ed Schroeder (Part 2)
    Co-missioners, We are pleased this week to send you the second half of Ed Schroeder’s 1984 essay on Baptism and Confession. See here for Part 1. As the essay continues, Ed touches on any number of theological issues that the church continues to grapple with forty years later. Don’t miss the challenge he lays down in his ...