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  • The Vatican and me
    In the February 1999 issue, “The Lutheran” ran a one paragraph article on page 42: “The Vatican, in a ‘Final Declaration’ statement, warned that the world is facing a crisis in faith provoked in part by the feminist doctrine that men and women are absolute equals. ‘Generally throughout the world, there is evidence of a ...
  • Romans 5:12-19 February 11, 1999
    Colleagues, Last week I received the following letter. The writer, a Seminex alum, pastors a Lutheran congregation in New York state. If his question is not your cuppa tea, tune in next week. D.v., Robin Morgan will be on deck.Cheers! Ed Schroeder “Dear Ed,I need a little teaching now. The First Sunday in Lent is approaching and the ...
  • Part 2: One Lutheran’s Agenda in Today’s Homosexuality Discussion
    Colleagues, These comments, from good friends, continue the discussion of last week’s ThTh 34. Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder A Lutheran pastor in mid-state Missouri writes:”Ed, you say: Let us acknowledge that in human sexuality, some folks are ‘wired different’ from heteros, and that God is the electrician doing the ...
  • One Lutheran’s Agenda in Today’s Homosexuality Discussion
    Herewith a copy of a letter I wrote yesterday (Jan 27/99) to a bishop in my church, the ELCA. Hi! It’s been 2 months since you sent me that packet of 3 readings on homosexuality. You asked for “input.” So I’m long overdue in my response. For me it seems that getting older means getting slower. There ...
  • Theology of the Cross in the Holy Land
    Dear folks, Here is my last piece about our trip to Palestine/Israel. Ed will be back next week with something completely different. Enjoy, Robin Theology of the Cross in the Holy Land This last piece about our trip to Palestine/Israel will finally give you the essence of what I experienced and how it has impacted my life. I have avoided ...
  • Living Stones
    From Robin Morgan– Since last week Ed and I were, for the most part, less than complimentary about the “dead stones” of the Holy Land, this week I’d like to turn to one of the “Living Stones” of Palestine whom we met. As far as I can tell, if there is any temporal hope in that ...
  • The Impact of Holy Land on Faith
    Colleagues, We got back from our 2-week pilgrimage in Palestine and Israel–all 26 of us–just in time for Epiphany worship at home. Four “goldie oldie” Crossings people were in the bunch along with a kaleidoscope of relatives and friends and friends of friends–some Germans, mostly Americans. Age span: from a 20-year-old college Joe to two eighty-something ...
  • Elert on Freedom
    Colleagues, Within hours of this posting Marie and I, d.v., will be on our way to the Holy Land to celebrate Christmas in “the city of David called Bethlehem.” We’re in a group of 27 folks, many of them friends or relatives–some from the USA, some from Germany. Our hosts in the Holy Land will be ...
  • Lutheranism and World History
    Colleagues, ThTh 29 is an Advent gift from the past. Forty-five years ago–summer semester 1953–Bob Schultz, Dick Baepler and I were students at Erlangen University in Germany. Werner Elert was one of our profs. After class one day he invited us “Missourians” to come over to his home on a Sunday afternoon for “Kaffee und Kuchen.” ...
  • Implications of Justification in the Many Contexts of Today’s World
    Seventy “younger” Lutheran theologians, most of them from the two-thirds world, travelled at the invitation of the Lutheran World Federation to Wittenberg, Germany, at the end of October this year to talk about the Implications of Justification in the Many Contexts of Today’s World. On the last day of their meeting, Reformation Day, the 31st, ...