The Crossings Blog

Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Easter Leftovers, especially a Nagging Question about John 20:23
    Colleagues, Easter was a succulent season this year. I say that as one with the odd weekly job of chewing on tough texts so as to spit out something that others might find nutritious. Not that my teachers of yore described the preaching task in quite this way, but there it is. It’s what we preachers do, ...
  • 1) Robert Kolb on Why Luther Matters Today (A Reading Tip). 2) Christ and “The Cloud”
    Colleagues, Two items this week. First— Pr. Martin Yee, Assistant to the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Singapore and a good friend of Crossings, administers and maintains at least three closed Facebook groups that focus on confessional Lutheran theology. He does this work with uncommon zeal. Not a day goes by without a string of fresh ...
  • A Sunday Morning Explanation of the Liturgy
    Colleagues, Last week Amy Schifrin blessed us with a good-news glimpse of Easter reality. Her focus was the Eucharistic assembly. She showed how the Holy Spirit keeps working there with quiet power to bring sinners to life. She also underscored how important it is to help these sinners notice what’s going on so they can embrace ...
  • Easter Unfolding. A Gift from Amy C. Schifrin. Part 2
    Colleagues, Easter themes continue to unfold in this second half of a paper that Amy Schifrin presented at last January’s Crossings conference. As she swivels into a discussion of the Eucharistic gifts we enjoy today, you’ll want to notice how Luke 24:31-32, 35 is lurking in the background. So is John 20:22. That neither is mentioned, ...
  • Easter Unfolding. A Gift from Amy C. Schifrin. Part 1
    Colleagues, I started some weeks ago to pass along the superb presentations we heard at the Crossings Conference this past January. You’ve gotten two of them so far. When I looked again at the one you’re receiving this week and next (again, in two parts), I was startled to see how well it serves as a reflection ...
  • A Scientist’s Easter Witness
    Colleagues, This will be the shortest post ever. I wish this Easter week merely to pass along a brief essay that a Facebook friend inserted in the daily feed. It’s by one Ian Hutchison, a brother in Christ of whom I knew nothing until today. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also brings energy and ...
  • Rob Saler on the Publicly Engaged Church, Part 2 (Rich Fare for Holy Week)
    Colleagues, Here is the second half of the essay you started reading last week. I don’t need to underscore its timeliness for people who are about to meditate on the Passion of Christ, and preach it too, perhaps. You’ll see that for yourself. Savor the gift. As for Rob Saler, through whom the Spirit is delivering the ...
  • A Most Timely Essay on “The Spirit and the Publicly Engaged Church”
    Colleagues, For proof that the spirits abroad in the world are legion, one needs only to listen for five minutes to the current campaign for U.S. president. An astonishing business it’s proving to be—astonishing in St. Mark’s sense of something that befuddles and dismays. As it happens, the further we get into it, the more impressed ...
  • Steve Turnbull on “The New Humanity,” Part 2.
    Colleagues, Today we pass along the second half of the paper Steve Turnbull delivered at the Crossings conference in January. Again you’ll find observations that are sure to prove helpful when Holy Week gets here. I’m thanking Steve right now for focusing my attention on “governance” as a central issue, if not the central issue, in all four ...
  • Steve Turnbull on “The New Humanity.” A Must-Read for Holy Week. Part 1.
    Colleagues, I sat, I listened, I learned. That was a month ago, when Exegete Steve Turnbull took the podium at January’s Crossings conference. Our overarching topic was “Law, Gospel, and Holy Spirit,” with a particular focus on the “double life” of the baptized. Steve’s assignment was to get things rolling with an exploration of John 3, ...