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  • The Politics of Epiphany
    Co-Missioners, We send along a piece of commentary by our editor. “Unfinished,” he calls it, and for several reasons. Feedback is welcome. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community The Politics of Epiphany by Jerome Burce Many years ago I imagined the Word of God working on me the way a stream of water works on a piece of granite. It takes ...
  • Mission in St. Matthew
    Mission in St. Matthew Co-Missioners, St. Matthew is the Gospel being heard this year in churches that follow the three-year lectionary. So we send along some tips from Richard Gahl on how it speaks to our calling as agents of the Gospel, dispatched week after week to those corners of the world we inhabit in 2020. Peace and ...
  • Chad Bird on the Baptism of Jesus
    The Hebrew Stories Swimming Beneath Jesus’s Baptism Co-Missioners, Today’s post is the briefest ever, at least where our own writers are concerned. It consists of a link we want you to follow to a little essay by Chad Bird. Bird will be one of the key presenters at our forth coming conference (January 26-29). Here, then, is ...
  • Sheep, Goats—and Gospel? A New Year’s Homily
    Co-Missioners, On this second day of a new calendar year, we send you a homily that a little clutch of Lutherans heard two nights ago in suburban Cleveland. It comes with a brief prefatory comment by the preacher, Jerry Burce. We wish you a Happy New Year, as in a twelve-month stretch of days made lively by ...
  • A Thought for Christmas and a Conference Invitation
    A Thought for Christmas and a Conference Invitation Co-Missioners, Christmas is six days away, or five and a half if you launch the celebration at six o’clock on Christmas Eve. That’s exactly what most all of us do, of course. Between now and then lies the Fourth Sunday of Advent, another name for which could well be ...
  • The Original “Christmas Crossing”
    The Original “Christmas Crossing” Co-Missioners, We’ve been making an explicit effort this past year to pitch our Thursday Theology offerings for an audience somewhat wider than the subset that preaches sermons on Sundays or otherwise revels in the arcane pleasures of academic theology. Today we trifle with that rule by sending you an item that was written ...
  • “When God is Silent.” A Sermon
    “When God is Silent.” Co-Missioners, Those in the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere—the majority of you, we imagine—are enduring the early winter miseries of long nights and raw, bitter days. These somehow heighten the contrast between our experience of the world as it currently is and the promises of the age to come that the texts ...
  • On the Thanks We Render Today
    On the Thanks We Render Today: A Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln Co-Missioners, This Thursday we send you a copy of the presidential proclamation that launched America’s national Thanksgiving Day, the holiday most of you are busy observing at the moment—with delight and contentment, we pray. May the turkey be succulent, the pies enticing, the conversation spiced with ...
  • “How Can I ‘See’ Jesus?”
    Biblical Depiction as Judgment and Promise Co-Missioners, “Christ for you, Christ for us.” Call this the bumper sticker version of God’s key message to the world, entrusted for delivery to folks strangely called “the saints,” the strangeness arising from the fact that no one save God would think to label them as such. How ordinary they look. ...
  • Christian Decline in America: The Pew Report
    Co-Missioners, The first step in a Crossing analysis, be it of a Scriptural text or a present reality, is to identify a problem that demands attention. Our mission correspondent, Richard Gahl, does this today in a follow-up to his reflection last week about culture shifts in the U.S. His focus now is on a recent report from ...