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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Roman Catholic – Eastern Orthodox Rapprochement
    Colleagues, Paul Goetting, like me, is a retired ELCA pastor with LCMS roots. We were classmates in seminary days–class of ’55–and teaching colleagues at Seminex. Paul and wife Trudy (nursing instructor–specialty midwifery) have been short-term missionaries off and on for a number of years. Their venues of service include India, Afghanistan (in earlier days when that ...
  • Crossings Theology: Roots and Branches
    Colleagues, The posting of 2 weeks ago, ThTh 127, linking the lectionary-appointed Gospel for Thanksgiving Day 2000 (in the USA) to theological instruction at Valparaiso University forty-plus years ago, elicited some responses. Here are three of them. You may remember that ThTh 127 reported on the “new curriculum” at V.U. in ...
  • A Book Review on “Proclaiming the Scandal.”
    Colleagues, Today’s offering, on Thanksgiving Day (USA), expresses my thanks for the gift Jerome Burce has given us with the book reviewed below. As you’ll divine beginning with my opening line, I commend it to you with no reservations. Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder PROCLAIMING THE SCANDAL. REFLECTIONS ON POSTMODERN MINISTRY By Jerome E. Burce Christian Mission and Modern Culture series ...
  • A Crossing for Thanksgiving Day 2000
    Colleagues, By popular demand (well, actually one Crossings junkie explicitly asked for it) I’m composing a Crossings style text study of this year’s Gospel (Revised Standard Lectionary) appointed for the USA Day of Thanksgiving, a week hence on November 23, 2000. So substantively this Thursday Theology #127 belongs to the genre “Sabbatheology” (=text studies). But Thanksgiving ...
  • Christian Conversation with an Ex-Marxist
    Colleagues, Eleven years ago today, the day before Luther’s birthday, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Makes me think of the semester-long stint that Marie and I did thereafter in Lithuania, one of the countries of the former Soviet bloc. We’re still in e-mail connection with folks we met there in the city of Klaipeda, one ...
  • Palestinian Lutherans in Today’s War Zone (Continuation of ThTh #124)
    Colleagues: Half a dozen, maybe more, responses (some of them lengthy pieces) have come my way since last week’s posting about Christians Palestinians. I’d like to send them all your way, especially the two coming from Jewish authors who speak out for the Palestinians in their ironic David/Goliath dilemma with Israel, but it’s too much. So ...
  • Macedonian Call from Palestinian Christians (that you haven’t seen on CNN)
    Colleagues, Today’s posting is quite lengthy. So I’m sending it in three parts. This is part #1, the first of the three pieces I rec’d yesterday from Kit Kleinhans and Fred Strickert, one-time Seminex students and now theology profs at Wartburg College (ELCA) in Waverly, Iowa. Even in the face of this “apocalypse now,” Peace & Joy! Ed Editor ...
  • Historic Episcopacy and the ELCA – Responses from Readers
    Colleagues, The last two postings (ThTh 121 and ThTh 122) offered Walt Bouman’s corrective to my misreading of the CCM document, and then his perspective on the current controversy within the ELCA now that CCM has been adopted. Here are some responses that came my way from these postings.  Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder From a prof at an ...
  • The debate within the ELCA about HE-succession (continued)
    Colleagues, The core of last week’s ThTh 121 was Walt Bouman’s analysis of the specifics of the document “Called to Common Mission” (CCM), the recent agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church USA. Walt corrected some misinformation I’d passed on in earlier ThTh postings. His words drew interesting responses from a ...
  • Greater Accuracy on the ELCA’s agreement with US Episcopalians
    Colleagues, I have to eat crow. I was wrong, simply mistaken. About what? About the picture I had of the document “Called to Common Mission” pertaining to ordination of future pastors in the ELCA. Here’s what I now know. The ...