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  • The Exodus: a Saving Event? Not Really [Part 2]
    Colleagues, ThTh 210 of three weeks ago questioned whether Israel’s Exodus from Egypt was a “saving event” at all. A number of you gave feedback. There was quite a spectrum. From kudos to critique. Kudos: “Once again . . . as the former Talking Heads’s David Byrne is quoted as saying: ‘Stop making sense.’ I.e., Thanks for ...
  • Till the Night Be Past: The Life and Times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Colleagues, Guest writer for this Thursday’s posting is Dr. Kit Kleinhans, Seminex alum, now Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at the ELCA’s Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She reviews a Bonhoeffer book written by her father. “That’ll be a dicey job,” she said, when I asked her to do it, “to wrap my ...
  • The World Trade Center Revisited
    Colleagues, This week’s posting comes from Walter Bouman, a dear friend and theological buddy. Walt and I have known each other for over half a century starting with our time together as seminary students in 1950ff, then our doctoral studies in Germany in the mid-fifties, and a generation later on the ramparts in the Wars of ...
  • The Exodus, a Saving Event? Not Really
    Colleagues, I’ve been having e-conversation with a dear colleague about Exodus as a saving event. He calls it (and he’s hardly alone in this) “the central saving event of the Old Testament.” I don’t think so and here’s a recent letter I composed to tell him that.Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder Dear ——My scepticism about the Exodus being ...
  • Grabbing at Jesus
    Every time I take another big step in my life, part of me thinks that I should be able to handle things on my own now. It’s not a part of me ...
  • Mission Theology for the 21st Century
    Colleagues, One of you readers tweaked me to stop beating around the bush and start to show and tell what I learned about mission theology during my Spring Semester term (January to May) at the Overseas Ministries Study Center (New Haven, Connecticut). OK, I will, and I’ll start with the book review below, which I just ...
  • Update from Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem
    Colleagues, The internet provider to Christmas Lutheran Church/ International Center in Bethlehem was down for seven weeks. Here is a message from Rev.Mitri Raheb sent our way on May 22. It includes links to a number of articles on their website. Day before yesterday Mitri followed up with another message reminding us that the siege really ...
  • From a Crossings Colleague in Beirut, Lebanon: “How the Israel-Palestine Conflict Looks from Here.”
    Colleagues, Art Preisinger and wife Mitzi are in Beirut, Lebanon this semester. They’re at Near East School of Theology as ELCA Global Mission Volunteers. Art’s teaching church history. Mitzi’s also doing useful work. Art and I were classmates in seminary days. I asked him for something that I could pass on to the listserve readership. ...
  • The Church’s Authority and Homosexuality
    Colleagues, This is the last ThTh posting coming from New Haven, Connecticut. Next Thursday, d.v., Marie and I hope to be home in St. Louis. Our spring semester tour of duty here at the Overseas Ministries Study Center is over. It’s a bit too soon for a retrospective summary. Yet today’s posting is a piece of ...
  • Richard John Neuhaus, A Mystery No More [Part 2]
    Colleagues,In the ...