God Hidden/God Revealed; according to Werner Elert, via Matthew Becker (Part 1 of 2)

Colleagues, Dr. Matthew Becker of Valparaiso University was one of three core presenters at our Crossings conference last January. The theme, arising from Romans 1:16-17, was “The Power of the Gospel for Times Like These.” To further focus our thinking, we prepended that title with “Up Weak Knees,” a line borrowed from the English translation of a 17th century Bohemian …

More Easter Bits and Pieces from John 20

Colleagues, We’re not quite two weeks into the 2018 Easter season, and again I’m noticing a phenomenon that impresses me more and more as I speed toward retirement in a few years. There is no such thing as milking an Easter text dry. No matter how often a preacher picks it up to shake and squeeze for something fresh to …

Anticipating Easter. A Rerun.

Colleagues, I get together every three weeks or so with a group of pastors, some active, some retired, to explore the texts for forthcoming Sundays. We’re due to meet next Monday to get a jump on Easter. I volunteered to tackle the Easter Festival texts. Earlier today I rummaged through my files and unearthed some work I did in 2004 …

The Word Became This Flesh

Colleagues, This is John 1 season. We sampled it on the Third Sunday of Advent (1:6-8, 29-28). The main course followed on Christmas Day (1:1-14). Where I do most of my work, a pesky saint has finally prevailed on me to tackle the Gospel of John in the Sunday morning Adult Education class. I consented with fear and trembling. John …

Bibliography of Robert W. Bertram

by Michael Hoy Most of the works by Robert W. Bertram listed below are available on-line and may be found at the following url address: http://www.crossings.org/archive/bob. Those resources are listed alphabetically. The bibliography below is the most complete to date and includes all the resources published in a prior bibliographies also noted in this listing. Books Authored A Time for …

No “Mission” in Luther? A Re-examination (Part 3 of 3)

Colleagues, Below is the final installment of our serial post on Luther and mission, penned 15 years ago by Ed Schroeder. Here Ed moves from reportage to analysis and assessment. He also stirs the pot with some polite though pointed critique of positions and trends that people who passed as he did, from the LCMS to the ELCA via the …

No “Mission” in Luther? A Re-examination (Part 2 of 3)

Colleagues, Here is the next installment of Ed Schroeder’s exploration of Luther’s thinking on the topic of mission. Peace and Joy, Jerry Burce ______________________________________________  Luther’s Theology of Mission (continued) by Edward H. Schroeder C. The Sermon from 1536 The Mission Mandate Here Luther is struck by the overwhelming magnitude of the mission mandate. “These are words of impressive majesty, pure …