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  • Giving Thanks for Ed Schroeder (Repost of “The Care and Redemption of God’s Creation”)
    Co-Missioners, Some 240 people gathered in St. Louis yesterday for Ed Schroeder’s funeral. It took place at Ed’s and spouse Marie’s home congregation for almost half a century, Bethel Lutheran Church in University Heights. The Rev. Dr. William Yancey, their pastor for most of this time, preached and presided. Jerry Burce, current president of our board ...
  • “Will No One Have the Guts to be a Sinner?” (Part 1)
    Co-Missioners, This is another offering from your editor, Jerome Burce. In passing it along he observes that it’s been a long time in gestation, and is still a work in progress. A prelude of sorts appeared three and a half years ago in Thursday Theology. It introduced and accounted for the essay’s brusque title. That the ...
  • A special message from Crossings, about Edward H. Schroeder
    A special message from Crossings, about Edward H. Schroeder
  • Why I Detest the Expression “People of Faith”
    Co-Missioners, Today’s piece comes from your editor, who freely admits that he’s having some fun with a serious rant. Enjoy where you can. Grimace where you must. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community Why I Detest the Expression “People of Faith” By Jerome Burce I blame Rex Stout for the tic of verbal snobbery that serves with so much else to ...
  • Mission of God: Gospel of Luke
    Co-Missioners, This week we send you the second installment in Pr. Richard Gahl’s series on the mission we were baptized into as servants and agents of Christ. Dick focuses here on the gospel account that many of are listening to in church this year. We trust you’ll find it very helpful as the listening continues. Peace and ...
  • A Review of Brian Stanley’s “Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History”
    Exploring Church History in the Twentieth Century Co-Missioners, This week we bring you the first of what we hope will be a regular string of Thursday Theology book reviews. Today’s reviewer is Matthew Metevelis, a Luther Seminary graduate and ELCA pastor who directs a hospice program in Las Vegas, with service on the side at Reformation Lutheran ...
  • Honest-to-God Gospel Meets the Dying World
    A Crossings’ Gem: John Strelan’s “Honest-to-God Gospel Meets the Dying World” Co-Missioners, At this end of a week when our attention was focused wholly on our annual conference in Belleville, Illinois, we pass along a gem from our online library where riches lie hidden. This item was one of three keynote presentations at our first-ever conference in 2007. ...
  • “To Be” or Not “To Be”: A Question to Ask When Reading St. Paul
    “To Be” or Not “To Be” as a Gospel Question Co-Missioners, It’s funny how big a difference little details can make. This week we pass along an observation about one such detail in the way St. Paul gets read. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community “To Be” or Not “To Be”: A Question to Ask When Reading St. Paul by Jerome ...
  • How God’s Law Works: Epiphanies from a Fiction Writer
    Co-Missioners, Bruce Modahl is the editor of our quarterly Crossings newsletter. He is also an avid reader and cultural observer who keeps his eye peeled for theological themes in what others might regard as strictly secular material. He recently signed on as a regular essayist for Thursday Theology, with the specific assignment of passing along what ...
  • Why Jesus’ Baptism Matters for Jesus’ Missionaries
    Co-Missioners, Our editor is also your writer this week. We leave it to him to let you know what you’re in for. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community January 2019- The classic calendar of the Western Church invites those who follow it spend the first Sunday after Epiphany reflecting on the Baptism of our Lord. That’s set to happen three ...