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  • Changes in Japan Today: Two Christian Perspectives
    Today’s Thursday Theology about the state of Christianity in Japan comes to us from two sources: Richard Leigh lives and works here in St. Louis and is a student at LST (Lutheran School of Theology). He is part of a discussion forum list on the proposition “That They May Be One,” moderated by Charles Miller, who wrote ...
  • Book Review — “Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African-American Experience”
    “Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African-American Experience” by JoAnne Marie Terrell (Orbis Books, 1998) is an exposition of the development of a womanist theologian (Terrell herself) through a historical exploration of the meaning of the Cross and the Atonement. Terrell’s definition of a womanist theologian is a theologian who is a woman ...
  • A Book Review GRACE AT THE TABLE. ENDING HUNGER IN GOD’S WORLD
    Ed and Marie have island-hopped from Bali to central Java for this week, following up on invitations from the president of the Asian Christian Artists Association in Yogyakarta, Judo Poerwowidagdo, and from Nancy Johnson and Steven Haggmark, ELCA exchange professors at the Christian University in Salatiga. He sent me this before they left. A Book Review ...
  • Tim’s questions (and Ed’s responses) about Christianity in Bali
    Colleagues, Once before a thoughtful response from nephew Tim Hoyer, ELCA pastor, to these Thursday postings generated another edition of ThTh. Well, its happened again. Read on.  Cheers! Ed Tim, Two postings I have from you, each with enuf questions to exhaust the small handful of answers I have lying around the Bali parsonage these days. You ask: “What is the ...
  • Ketut Lasia–Balinese Christian, Balinese artist
    Colleagues, Christians are 1% of the population of Bali. That’s 30K of 3 million. In that “little flock” we’ve come to know two artists, Ketut Lasia and Nyoman Darsane. These superb craftsmen do their daily work “crossing” Balinese painting and sculpture with the Christian Gospel. One of Lasia’s bas reliefs welcomes worshippers at “our” church here ...
  • Why Jesus?
    Colleagues. After this 2-paragraph personal prolegomena, the real theology follows. [Journal entry for Aug. 12, 1999 Yesterday’s solar eclipse is followed (so tells us BBC’s “World Service”) by today’s 50th anniv. of the Geneva Conventions for conducting decent wars. I wonder about a connection. To wit, the eclipse (even total?) of what glowed in Geneva a half century ...
  • Remembering Mr. Makoto Mizuno
    Colleagues, Background — In the run up to Seminex’s 25th anniversary gathering (St. Louis , June 1999) we learned of the death of Makoto Mizuno, director of another seminary in exile, this one in Japan. These folks called themselves “Aoyama Seminex” to signal their linkage with us after they were deposed from Aoyama Gakuin, a university of the ...
  • Mid-summer items on Law and Gospel
    Colleagues, Mid-summer items on Law and Gospel– Item #1. From Tom Droege, retired ELCA pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, comes this report of something I don’t get to see at my cureent venue. Many of you on this listserve probably don’t either. So I send it on to you FYI and FYE: for your information and for your ...
  • Rebuttal of Poetic Preaching — THTH57&58
    Ah, the joys of cyberspace — Ed can instantly critique me even when he’s half a world away! Enjoy, Robin Ive read ThTh58, “Poetic Preaching – Part 2,” several times and I wonder– Can a recommendation for “poetic preaching . . . touching the whole person – head, heart, emotions, soul, and body” be grounded in a theology of ...
  • Poetic Preaching — part 2 Robin Morgan
    Last week I talked about an African-American preaching workshop I attended which had been given by Father Maurice Nutt, who is finishing a doctorate of ministry in preaching at the Aquinas Institute here in St. Louis. I talked about the significance of poetic language in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, especially at this ...