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  • “Fail, for Christ’s sake!” A Dose of Luther for Lent, 2015
    Colleagues, I don’t mean to confuse you.  When you get to today’s offering, you’ll see immediately that it was keyed to last year’s celebration of the Reformation.  Why then the “Lent” of the title above? Answer #1: because it is Lent. Answer #2: because the essay you’ll be reading revolves around Philippians 2:5ff, the classic Epistle for Palm ...
  • “Fail, for Christ’s sake!” A Dose of Luther for Lent, 2015
    Colleagues, I don’t mean to confuse you.  When you get to today’s offering, you’ll see immediately that it was keyed to last year’s celebration of the Reformation.  Why then the “Lent” of the title above? Answer #1: because it is Lent. Answer #2: because the essay you’ll be reading revolves around Philippians 2:5ff, the classic Epistle for Palm ...
  • Unearthing Gospel Gold—the Essay, Part II
    Colleagues, Here’s the continuation of the essay that we launched you into last week.  It was delivered by the undersigned at last month’s Crossings Seminar in Belleville, Illinois.  As I write this, ill winds from the north have their icy claws on a major hunk of the U.S., including northeastern Ohio, the corner I’m tucked away in. ...
  • Unearthing Gospel Gold—the Essay, Part I
    Colleagues, We’ve been away, though not loafing. My co-editor, Carol Braun, was busy serving the Lord last week by bringing her first child into the Lord’s world. Solomon Porter Zimansky was born on February 7. Mother and son are both well, God be praised.  Carol is presently on maternity leave, also from Thursday Theology. As for me, I’ve been busy first with ...
  • a) “Unearthing Gospel Gold,” a Seminar, with a Nudge from Taiwan. b) Felde on the Lord’s Prayer.
    Colleagues, All that clinking of glasses on New Year’s Eve seems to have encouraged the runner Time to quicken the pace. As I write we’re scarcely a week away from the annual Crossings gathering at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. The first of these happened ...
  • Describing the Law/Gospel Distinction: The Fuller Version
    For our first post of 2015, here at last is the “Fuller Version” of Steve Kuhl’s explanation of the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, written for publication on the Crossings website. He passed it along to us at the same time as the “Simple Version” that we published in Thursday Theology #843. Note, therefore, that this ...
  • “Joy and the Christmas Burglar”: A sermon for Christmas Eve
    First, a note to thank all those who wrote in with feedback on Steve Kuhl’s “Simple Version” synopsis of the distinction between Law and Gospel. I’ve passed all of your feedback along to Steve. Second, an apology for not getting Steve’s “Fuller Version” out to you last week. It will come next week. Until then, please ...
  • A Stab at Describing the Law/Gospel Distinction
    Colleagues, First came America’s Thanksgiving—a Thursday holiday, for those of you in other lands—and then a week more filled than usual with demands of the regular calling. So again you saw a gap in posts. Your editors, grappling with the fullness of life on the one hand and their limitations on the other, have been mulling ...
  • “Sheep? Goat? Try ‘Member of the Family.’” The Real Surprise of Matthew 25.
    Colleagues, Two weeks ago, when we sent you a sermon by Luther on the Parable of the Virgins, I proposed to follow that up with an account of Matthew 25 that reads its three great stories as promise, not threat. My aim was to get this to you in enough time to be of possible use ...
  • Homily on the anniversary of an ordination
    Today we bring you a homily preached this past summer by Ed Schroeder on the occasion of a fortieth anniversary of ordination. In it, Ed makes reference to several visual aids, including a picture made by his wife Marie, a photograph of which is included below (and as an attachment to this e-mail). In a separate ...