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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Richard Lyon’s Crossing – A Funeral Sermon
    Colleagues, Here’s the sermon I preached at Richard L. Lyon’s Funeral at First Presbyterian Church, Alton Illinois on Feb. 5, 2002.At 3 a.m. of the day of the funeral I woke up in our St.L. condo with the Easter hymn couplet going through my head: “We shall rise our Lord to meet, Treading death beneath our ...
  • A Lenten Parable: Babette’s Feast
    Colleagues,”Friday Night at the Movies,” is what they called it here last weekend at OMSC, the Overseas Ministries Study Center. The film was “Babette’s Feast.” Our international/ecumenical community here–from Ghana, Niger, Congo, Myanmar, Indonesia, Korea, China, Japan plus Europe, Canada, USA–from Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Mennonite and a wide spectrum of Evangelical church heritages–watched ...
  • The Gospel covers the Greatest Sin (and which sin, pray tell, is that?)
    Colleagues, In last week’s posting I mentioned responses to the previous week’s ThTh #189 that I’d received from a number of women on the listserve. Even though I intended #189 to be my closure on the topic of homosexuality, these responses, as I told you a week ago, were “too good for me to try to ...
  • Mostly Mission, Some Miscellanea
    Colleagues, First an obit. Richard L. Lyon, 77, “late-in-time” “discoverer of the Gospel” (his words), founder of the Order of Philippi, Crossings aficionado, super-whiz dentist for our family, lifelong Presbyterian AND ordained ELCA pastor–a real Mensch–died yesterday afternoon in hospice care at his daughter’s home in Texas. Marie and I are flying home to St. Louis this ...
  • Grounding One’s Theology in the Gospel, when the issue is Homosexuality – Part 2
    Colleagues, I do so wish that we could move to some other topics. Some of you (many of you?) may well wish the same. And there are other topics for ThTh postings. E.g., Marie and I have been here in New Haven, Connecticut at the Overseas Ministries Study Center for three weeks and in the course ...
  • Grounding One’s Theology in the Gospel, When the Issue is Homosexuality
    Colleagues,My swan song for 2001 – ThTh 185 posted Dec. 27 – carried this retrospective paragraph: “A number of you ThTh readers I have disappointed by not responding to your emails this past year. I’m thinking right now of one very long and intense and thoughtful rejoinder from a dear Seminex student to the homosexual postings. ...
  • Hildegard of Bingen by Robin Morgan
    This past semester I wrote a paper about Hildegard of Bingen for a seminar I participated in on Medieval Mystics. A mystic, by definition, is one who experiences union with God and writes/teaches other how to achieve this same experience. Though Hildegard cannot technically be classified as a mystic since she wrote to expound on ...
  • Mission and Tradition
    I feel like I’ve spent the last few months in a personal war with “Lutheran Lifestyle”. This fall I’ve been interim pastor at a congregation whose pastor of 22 years passed away suddenly last summer. They are a small group of mostly elderly folks who had been inching their way toward looking at their collective ...
  • Year’s End Summary: the Hassle about the Gospel
    Colleagues,First off two notices. If they were printed in the Classified Ads, they’d be under PERSONALS: 1. On this very day, December 27, 2001, God willing, Marie and I will start driving from St. Louis to New Haven, Connecticut for a spring-semester stint at a new workplace. I’m to serve as Senior Mission Scholar at the ...
  • Even So, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly
    Colleagues,Last year’s Christmas posting “Thoughts of a Manger” was the poem-prayer of my sister-in-law Linda Schroeder composed from the hospital bed where a hit-and-run driver had put her with a shattered leg and major internal injuries on Advent I. Now a year later Linda is still on crutches. The leg bones did not ...