- The Theology of West Wing
Today’s Thursday Theology comes from Jim Squire. After hearing that Paul’s breakthrough on faith which became Luther’s (Romans 1:16-17) actually came from one of the Hebrew prophets (Habakkuk) and that there is a minor tradition throughout Judaism that, when faced with the question asked of Jesus (“Which is the greatest sentence of the Law”), a ...
- Easter Message from the Holy Land
From Bishop Munib Younan
Easter Message from the Holy Land
Salaam and Grace in the name of our Crucified and Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
As I write this message of Easter, I really do not know where to start, lest somebody will ask me: What is the truth?
It seems that the truth lies beyond the thoughts of our ...
- Easter without Eucharist. Feast or Fast?
This time a bit of narrative theology. It’s a letter from a ThTh subscriber (also a good friend from days gone by) about his efforts to “save” Easter in a controversy with his own pastor. I thought about captioning it: “The Natives are Getting Restless. Thank God!” But discretion prevailed and I opted for the ...
- The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and Lutherans in Eastern Europe. Part 2
Our posting of two weeks ago, ThTh145, offered documentation and comment on the work of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (primarily its Ft. Wayne, Indiana, seminary) in Eastern Europe these days. That prompted some response from seminary profs in the Baltics and in St. Petersburg, Russia. The item below comes from Russia. It is ...
- Dark Gethsemane: A Lenten Message from the Holy Land
We continue to get postings every few days from Christians in the Holy Land–some of them from people we know in the Lutheran Church in Palestine and Jerusalem. Back around Christmas time we posted a few of these messages to you on the ThTh listserve. Here is another such posting for Lent. The text for ...
- The Missouri Synod’s Presence in Eastern European Lutheranism
ThTh 145 consists of five items about church conflict and church politics amongst Lutherans in Eastern Europe & the involvement of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (USA) in the turmoil.
Even so, Peace & Joy!
NEWS RELEASE – LWF
Caption: LWF General Secretary Comments on Establishment of Belarusian
Church: “Separation in ELCROS will have Negative Consequences in ...
- Ferment within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion
In my weekly routine, Thursday is a “you gotta,” i.e., you gotta produce another ThTh posting. After which comes Friday’s “you get to.” You get to go to the brown-bag weekly lunch hour meeting at St. Louis University. And what happens there? An ...
- Self-Reflections for Ash Wednesday
Recent ThTh postings on Lutheran Missiology have elicited a number of long and thoughtful responses. A couple of you have gone the extra mile and given me two pieces to think about. It’ll take time for me to work my way through all of them–and I want to do that.
So today’s ThTh #143 shifts gears ...
- Lutheran Missiology–Oxymoron? Part II
Last week’s ThTh #141 closed with the epigram of the Mekane Yesus church in Ethiopia: If you’re baptized, you’re a missionary. Those six words brought a jubilant response from one of you, and other elements of the posting elicited additional comments. Many added information supporting the thesis that Lutheran missiology is ...
- Lutheran Missiology: An Oxymoron?
Five months ago our posting ThTh 119 offered some data on Luther’s Theology of Mission. It was gleanings from Luther’s sermons on the Great Commission text. The trigger for my checking to see if Luther had any “feel” for mission was an ELCA bishop’s inquiry: “Was mission the ‘great omission’ in the ...