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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Anticipating Easter: A Sermon on Luke 24
    Co-missioners, We are jumping the gun this week in the race toward Easter. Among you are some who are groping for thoughts on what you’ll say from a pulpit that morning. You might find something here that will clarify the murk and point you down a path. All of us, regardless of vocation, are commissioned in ...
  • A Surprising Paucity of “Forgiveness”
    Colleagues, Today your editor, Jerome Burce, sends along an item that snagged his eye recently. He hopes it will sharpen other eyes over the next few weeks of late Lent and early Easter. In case you missed the note our executive directors dispatched this past Tuesday, we pass along news of a gathering in St. Louis on ...
  • Where is God When Disaster Strikes?
    Co-Missioners, Our news-feeds this month have delivered accounts and photos of tornadoes ripping through Alabama, and of terrible floods in southern Africa and the great plains of North America. The losses were enormous. We might also describe them as unspeakable were we not so used to speaking of such things, so often do they happen. Today ...
  • The Gospel at E. 93rd and Kinsman
    Co-Missioners, Today’s writer is Margaret M. Schauer, Ph.D., of Fairview Park, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Most of us who know Peggy—so she invites people to call her—first met her at the Crossings Conference of 2018, where she stunned the audience with a brief report on her work as a Christ-conscious urban educator. Bruce Modahl summarized ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...