- Thursday Theology: In Thanksgiving for Art Simon
Today Steve Hitchcock helps us remember our late brother, the Rev. Art Simon, an LCMS pastor who founded Bread for the World. In doing so, he led innumerable Christians, including many at Crossings, to think more broadly and vigorously about their vocation as baptized people. Steve, who knew Art well, will discuss this. He’ll also ...
- Thursday Theology: In-Between-Time Thoughts about Christ as King
Our editor chips in again this week. Two reminders before he lets the chips fly:
First, registration is open for the Crossings seminar at the end of January. Scholarship help is available if needed. Don’t hesitate to ask. The topic: “Delivering God’s Goods.” Speakers include Fred Niedner, Robin Lutjohann, Nathan Hall, Chris Repp; Ruth Hanusa preaching ...
- Thursday Theology: “The Ultimate Turkey” and other Thanksgiving Reflections
Today is the fourth Thursday in November. For readers who aren’t American, we mention that this is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. It was established as a national observance in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln. The Civil War was raging at the time; bodies were still being buried at Gettysburg. Lincoln issued his thanksgiving proclamation ...
- Thursday Theology: On Reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Part 2
We’re not surprised that last week’s post prompted a couple of quick rejoinders from readers steeped in Lutheran confessional theology. The post’s author, Ron Roschke, is steeped in this theology too. You’ll discover this in today’s second part of his reflection on Romans Disarmed, the book he invites us to consider. We thank him heartily ...
- Thursday Theology: On Reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans. A Review of Romans Disarmed
We are “justified by faith.” What does this mean?
The classic Lutheran answer to this Luther-style question is up for grabs these days in mainline Protestant circles. This includes much of the ELCA, where the term “justice” is replacing “justification” as the focus of teaching and proclamation. This shift is due in part to New Testament ...
- Thursday Theology: A Review of Russell Moore’s Losing our Religion
Tuesday was Reformation Day on the Lutheran church calendar. Today we send you the first of three posts that will either echo its themes or address them directly. They’ll also point you to a pair of new and useful additions to your reading lists.
Speaking of lists, here’s an item for the one labeled “To Do.” ...
- Thursday Theology: Responding to a Voice from Israel
We send you a reflection from our editor today.
We add a reminder about the Crossings Seminar at the end of January. The topic is preaching, or to put this more sharply, about delivering the goods that God in Christ wants people to use and enjoy. Registration is now open. See the Crossings website. We hope ...
- Thursday Theology: Once More on Matthew’s “Wedding Banquet” Parable
Our gift today is a text study that was supposed to reach you two Sundays ago. It didn’t. It couldn’t. We sent you news on Tuesday of Lori Cornell’s battle with cancer. Lori had been editing our text studies for over twenty years. She had begun her usual work on the one below a few ...
- Thursday Theology: Fred Niedner on Preaching that Actually Works (Part 2)
Today we send you the second half of Fred Niedner’s essay on “the sweet swap.” And again we add our hope that you’ll be able to join us at the end of January to hear Fred in person along with other gifted presenters, all of whom who will push to us think more sharply about ...
- Thursday Theology: Fred Niedner on Preaching that Actually Works (Part 1)
For the past six weeks we’ve been reviewing the core insights of the Lutheran reformation as presented by Philip Melanchthon in Article IV of the Apology, his defense of the Augsburg Confession. Now our focus shifts to the matter of putting these insights to work in 2023 for the benefit of God’s church and God’s ...