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  • What Kind of Fool am I? A Reflection on the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
    Dear Folks, I’m back from South Africa and will begin telling you about our trip next week, but today we have a wonderful piece from Marie Failinger of Hamline University. Here’s her bio in her own words: “I’m a Valpo grad (B.A. 1973, J.D. 1976), practiced law in Legal Aid In Indiana (Indianapolis and Evansville) for 5 ...
  • Lutheran Theology and Chinese Religion
    Colleagues, Here is the second sample of Lutheran Theology tossed our way by a Singapore sling. Peace & Joy!  Ed Schroeder Pastor Martin Yee Paper for Lutheran Distinctives Course Singapore, August 1999 Upon reflections on what I learned from the Lutheran Distinctive course, below are what I perceived are some important pastoral applications for my parishioners who came from Chinese ethical and ...
  • A Pastor’s Accountability in Church Growth
    Colleagues, When we were in Indonesia last year, we visited Steve Haggmark and Nancy Johnson at the Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga on the island of Java. They’re a husband-and-wife team on the theology faculty there. Their roots are in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Besides these full-time jobs, they have other callings. Steve, for ...
  • “Gospel Basics For Adults” – A curriculum for new members
    Colleagues, If things are going according to plan, we your editors are in South Africa on this Thursday participating in the Tenth Conference of the International Association for Mission Studies. Before we left the USA, we put 3 pieces into the pipeline to supply you with ThTh postings for the three Thursdays we’ll both be gone. ...
  • Postmodernism and truth: a theological perspective
    When Ed came back from Bali/Australia/New Zealand he brought with him an article by Bruce Hamill, a Presbyterian minister in Darfield, NZ, called “Postmodernism and truth: a theological perspective” from the journal “Stimulus” (vol.5, no. 1, Feb 1997). It’s a interesting article, but a bit long for THTH, so I’m taking the liberty of offering ...
  • Living with Two Calendars
    Colleagues, For this Festival Day, the Epiphany of our Lord, also Christmas Day for Eastern Orthodox Christians, we pass along this gem from THE OLIVE LEAF, monthly newsletter of Mt. Olive Evangelical Luth. Church, Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Rather epiphanic itself, it shows forth the parish theology you can encounter at Mt. Olive under the pastoring of Steven ...
  • Whose Church is it Anyway?
    Dear Folks, For the last Thursday Theology of the millennium (won’t you be glad when we don’t hear that word anymore?) I’m offering you two thoughts. The first is a one page “My Faith Journey” (normal seminary fare in the 90’s) which I wrote this past fall. I’m sending it because I assume most of you know ...
  • “The Grace of God has Appeared.” Which Grace?
    Colleagues, Back in the days of the old lectionary–before the three-year cycle came to be–we had the same readings year after year for every Sunday and festival day. And so it came to pass in THOSE days that Titus 2:11-14 was always the epistle for “Christmas Day, The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.” That ...
  • Readers’ Response plus Two Macedonian Calls
    Colleagues, For this week, two responses to past issues of ThTh plus two Macedonian calls. Peace & Joy! Ed THE TWO MACEDONIAN CALLS– First one comes from Klaipeda, LITHUANIA. In 1997 Marie and I were ELCA “mission volunteer” working at the Protestant Seminary in Klaipeda. For English-language worship and nurture Marie and I joined in Sunday evening worship with the ...
  • The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Lutheran-Roman Catholic Consensus
    Colleagues, Two items again today.  Peace & Joy! Ed THE LCMS AND JDDJ Well, that was a surprise. Yesterday’s number of USA TODAY, not exactly one of the major religious journals in our nation, carried a full-page “Comment” by the president of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod with this banner headline: Toward True Reconciliation. A Comment on ...