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  • Response to Jungkuntz homily
    Last week we sent you a homily on the question of Christian obedience by Richard Jungkuntz, who served as provost at Pacific Lutheran University. This week, as promised, we bring you an analysis of that homily by Robert C. Schultz. Bob is former ELCA pastor and an active member of the Crossings community whose doctorate was on ...
  • Jesus and Evolution? Seriously! (A Book Review)
    Today we bring you another book review, this time by my fellow Thursday Theology editor, Jerry Burce. Jerry reviews George L. Murphy’s Models of Atonement, a slim paperback that takes a meaty theological approach the question of how Christian confessors can speak effectively about salvation in a scientific world. Jerry’s review is compelling; I, for one, plan ...
  • Book Review: FROM THE OXUS RIVER TO THE CHINESE SHORES: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia
    Today we’re glad to bring you a new book review by Ed Schroeder, Crossings co-founder and original Thursday Theology blogger. This week Ed reviews a multi-author exploration of the history of Christianity in the East. Peace and Joy, Carol Braun, for the editorial team FROM THE OXUS RIVER TO THE CHINESE SHORES: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China ...
  • Book Review: DON’T KILL THE MESSENGER! by Donald Ray Soeken
    It was a sad day when I first realized that whistleblower protection programs are necessary things, not only in a few corrupt institutions but in institutions everywhere, and that something bad in our nature wins out, time and time again, over our collective sense of fairness and justice when it comes to dealing with people ...
  • The Daily Life of the Christian, Part 2
    This week we bring you a part two of Steve Kuhl’s essay on the daily life of the Christian, which he wrote as an introduction to his lay education course of the same name. (Part one can be found here.) Also, a reminder that Steve’s offer stands: If you would like to gather a group of Christians ...
  • The Daily Life of the Christian, Part 1
    This week we bring you a part one of a two-part essay by the Rev. Dr. Steven Kuhl, a frequent Crossings contributor who served as the President of Crossings for many years and who has just started a new position as Executive Director of Crossings. Steve wrote this essay as an introduction to a course called ...
  • Book Review: SABBATH AS RESISTANCE by Walter Brueggemann
    This week we bring you a short review of Walter Brueggemann’s Sabbath as Resistance. Our reviewer is Richard Gahl, who last reviewed a book for us in Thursday Theology #676. Dick uses this review as an occasion to reflect briefly on the role of a God who promises rest in a world that’s restless with getting and ...
  • Two Recent Samples of Easter Confession, Thomas-style
    Colleagues, The Second Sunday of Easter brought us the great account of Jesus drawing Thomas into lucid, explicit confession: “My Lord and my God.” No one else in St. John’s Gospel comes close to this clarity and confidence about Jesus’ identity. To this day Thomas’s words are the essential standard by which any faith that merits ...
  • The Agony of the Empty Preacher
    Colleagues, “One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.” Thus Emile Zola, as I learned last week from an old friend who found the line deliciously apt as a summation of my own modus operandi. I should have answered with the observation that Zola presumably met his deadlines. Herewith a Holy Week musing ...
  • The Holy Thing of Holy Week
    This week we bring you a short piece by the Rev. Dr. Steven Kuhl, longtime president of the Crossings Community board of directors and current rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve wrote this piece for his parish newsletter. As he explained to us by e-mail, he intends it to serve ...