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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Augsburg and Charleston
    Colleagues, I don’t suppose that too many U.S. Lutherans paused this past Thursday—this post’s putative date, when it was supposed to have gotten to you—to recall its significance as the anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The talk in this country this past week was about the murders in Charleston the week before. Those ...
  • Ed Schroeder on the Tim Frakes Documentary, “Seminex: Memories of a Church Divided”
    Colleagues, I sit down to write with the news of Wednesday night’s obscenity at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston hanging heavy in the air. It stinks. It oppresses. It calls in the present space for a bellow of angry protest—against whom, or what?—and after that for a stream of thoughtful words about God’s Law and God’s ...
  • Getting Back on Track, with a Report from the Mockingbird Conference
    Colleagues, Nine dry Thursdays. That’s what you’ve gotten since Maundy Thursday, when we last posted. It’s not the first break you’ve seen in what’s meant to be a weekly sequence, but it’s certainly the longest. Other tasks have intruded. So has a stubborn writer’s block. To say that we’re back on track would be promising too much. ...
  • On Faith. Eleven Bertram Theses, Newly Unearthed.
    Colleagues, First, a passing thought— I write this on Wednesday of Holy Week. Many of us listened this past Sunday to St. Mark’s account of our Lord’s Passion. Many of us will listen again two days from now as St. John unfolds the story. The words will wash over us. We’ll think. We’ll pray. After that we’ll ...
  • Death, Life, and Baptism (3)
    Colleagues, Today brings the third installment of Craig Simenson’s extended essay on baptism as God’s best gift for the challenge of living well in the face of death. All God’s gifts are woefully underused, and this one more than most, an observation that prompted Craig to write the essay in the first place. As we noted ...
  • Death, Life, and Baptism (2)
    Colleagues, Last week Craig Simenson critiqued American funeral practices, Christian ones included, for their failure to take bodies with the seriousness that bodies deserve, even when they’re dead. Today he starts challenging us to do better than that. See below for his cogent argument A little more about Craig: raised in Wisconsin, he majored in Political Science ...
  • Death, Life, and Baptism (1)
    Colleagues, A brilliant full moon made shadows on the snow in Northeastern Ohio a week ago last night. The sight was beautiful. Tonight we’re well into the waning, a persistent reminder to people like me, on the far side of 45, that darkness comes soon. Too soon. Our topic for the next three weeks is death, and God’s response to it ...
  • “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. ...