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  • Two Covenants, not One. A Book Review
    Colleagues, If you wonder why the pace of these posts is being suddenly stepped up, it’s because there’s suddenly a heap of material to pass along. Expect to see a temporary return to the old weekly schedule, at least through Lent. Our offering this week is a three-month old review by Ed Schroeder of a recent book ...
  • A Gift for Lent from Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, Poet and Theologian
    Colleagues, I spent some time yesterday smudging foreheads with ashy crosses. Were someone to ask why I did that, I’d want suddenly to hand them the poem you’re about to read, withholding further comment until they’d spent some time digesting it. Then, I think, we’d talk for a while about imago dei, the image of God ...
  • Last Week’s Sixth Crossings Conference. A Quick Review
    Colleagues, It’s been a week and a day since I got home from the Great Feast at Belleville, Illinois, otherwise known as the latest Crossings conference. We’d held six of these so far. This was among the best. The main event that kicked off on Tuesday morning featured six riveting presentations, one after the other, by ...
  • Ed Schroeder Weighs in on “Radical Hospitality”
    Colleagues, I spent my first four years as a young communicant at Concordia College in Adelaide, Australia. Those of us who boarded at the school went to church on Sunday at St. John’s, the Lutheran congregation around the corner, where, in keeping with late-60’s Lutheran practice in Australia and the U.S. alike, the Lord’s Supper was ...
  • “What Time Is It?” (A Sermon Suited for New Year’s Day)
    Colleagues, The Rev. Lars Olson is today’s contributor. I haven’t met him, and can tell you nothing about him beyond those things you can read for yourself at the website of First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he serves as an associate pastor. First Lutheran is a large ELCA congregation with enough oomph to ...
  • Angles on Angels, and on Genuine Christmas Peace
    Colleagues, First: If you haven’t signed on yet for next month’s Crossings conference, consider doing so this week. Call it a Christmas gift to yourself, if that helps. The topic is pressing, as are the speakers I’ll get to introduce as keynoter for the event. Because of their readiness to pitch in, we’re able to offer that ...
  • A Call for Reformation as a Church Year Dawns
    Colleagues, Advent launched again last Sunday to do for the Christian world as the days surrounding January 1st do for the secular one. Four days in, it’s tugging eyes toward the future in a move that also drives a reappraisal of the present. The word we use in church for “reappraisal” is “repentance.” We’ll hear about ...
  • Listen to the Veterans, Part 2. Counsel for a “Non-Religious” Veterans’ Advocate
    Colleagues, In our last post we sent you a review by Ed Schroeder of a book entitled Moral Injury and Just War. As Ed was wrapping his work on that, he was surprised to get the following notice— “You are invited to view “Is Anybody Listening?” at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 11th at the national office of ...
  • “Will No One Have the Guts to be a Sinner?” —Preface and Ur-text
    Colleagues, The congregation I serve is going to celebrate the Reformation this coming Sunday. So will lots of other Lutheran churches in the U.S., and elsewhere too. Whether and how joyfully they do it will depend heavily on their pastors’ opinions about the merits of what happened in 1517 and thereafter, and, more to the point, ...
  • War Can’t Be Just. Listen to the Veterans
    Colleagues, We’re six days away from this year’s Veteran’s Day observance. It bears remembering that the day first appeared on calendars as Armistice Day, recalling that eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when the armies stopped shooting on the Western Front. This past summer I listened to an audio recording ...