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  • Richard John Neuhaus, A Mystery No More
    Colleagues, Richard John Neuhaus has been a conundrum–especially so to many of his fellow Lutherans in North America when he “swam the Tiber” twelve years ago and became a Roman Catholic. But he has unscrambled the puzzle for the perplexed in the lead article of “his” journal FIRST THINGS, April 2002 [also available at ...
  • A Tribute to Irmgard Koch
    This past Friday, the matriarch of the Crossings community went on to her glory. Irmgard Koch, beloved teacher and friend to so many, was part of Crossings from the very beginning. She took every class, pressed Bob and Ed to invent more courses so she could continue taking them and even coined the phrase “God-sized ...
  • Jesus Through Jewish Eyes
    Colleagues, Someone asked: Why don’t you send us any of the stuff you’re doing at the Overseas Ministries Study Center this semester? I have been working on mission themes. One product is an expanded essay on Luther’s preaching on the so-called Great Commission. Another is a 34-page study book for my seminar running here this week. ...
  • Just how good is the theology of GOD BLESS AMERICA?
    Colleagues, This posting consists of two responses to the omnipresent mantra in US national theology for these past 7 months: God bless America. The first is from Gary Dixon, an associate minister from downunder in the Lutheran Church of Australia. The second one, brought to my attention by Steve Hitchcock, comes from a recent issue of ...
  • Christian reports on the Israeli Invasion of Palestine
    Colleagues, I’m torn between a number of options for this week’s posting. The horror-stuff we just received (April 3) from our Lutheran friends in Bethlehem. Telling you about our weekend in New York City (Maundy Thursday through Easter) with four liturgies, sermons by 2 bishops–one Episcopal (Griswold), one Lutheran (Bouman)–the Easter parade on 5th Avenue, plus 2 operas ...
  • Creation Spirituality – an Other Gospel
    Colleagues, Once each semester the community here at the Overseas Ministries Study Center joins the Maryknoll Sisters, a Roman Catholic mission order an hour’s drive west just across the border in New York state for a week of study together. It’s home and home. So two weeks ago we went to their place. The Maryknoll campus ...
  • Prayer and Providence
    Colleagues, Every now and then during the academic semester here at the Overseas Ministries Study Center we have no formal classes for a given week, but do a “reading week.” Last month we read and discussed the book listed below. Review addict that I am, I put my input down on paper.Since this was written, one ...
  • Six Months After Sept. 11
    Colleagues, The missing “R” word, “repentance,” promoted in the first ThTh posting after Sept. 11, 2001–exactly 26 weeks ago–is still significant by its absence from secular and churchly language in the USA. When I mentioned that a few weeks ago commenting on President Bush’s State of the Union message, the axis-of-evil speech, I kicked the tripwire ...
  • “Pardon My Dying: A Sequel to Ash Wednesday”
    Colleagues, Richard Weaver, a ThTh regular, Seminex alum and ELCA pastor in Ohio, asks me to ask you for prayers on behalf of his wife Estelle, undergoing a complex heart surgery on the Thursday date of this posting. So I’m sending ThTh #195 out a day early for you to do so.Another reason for posting on ...
  • Desert Theology and Lenten Piety
    Colleagues, The February 2002 issue of our ELCA magazine THE LUTHERAN recommended “Desert Theology,” a six-page article, for our Lenten piety. There was a “real absence” of Christ in the piece, I thought. ...