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  • A Preacher Still on Trial
    Co-Missioners, A month ago, we posted the sermon that the Rev. Lori Cornell, editor of our “Sabbatheology” text study series, heard at her ordination on December 5, 1993. Today we pass along Lori’s reflections on twenty-five years of responding to the charge she received that day. As fellow stewards of the “the Word Jesus” you’ll find ...
  • “A Little Dirt for Christmas.” A Sermon.
    Co-Missioners, A formal liturgist calls it “The Nativity of our Lord.” The rest of us say “Christmas.” Either way, it’s just around the corner. With this in mind we bring you a sermon that Steve Albertin preached on a recent Christmas Eve at Christ Lutheran Church in a suburb of Indianapolis called Zionsville. Steve, a longtime ...
  • Reflections on Mission: A Starting Point
    Co-Missioners, Today we introduce you, in some cases again, to the Rev. Richard Gahl of Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Dick is a good friend of Crossings. He was a featured speaker at our conference in 2010 and in the years since has published a couple of essays through Thursday Theology. He spent his active ...
  • The Preacher’s Task: Robert W. Bertram to Lori Cornell (and Every Proclaimer)
    Co-Missioners, This coming Sunday, the Second of Advent, will feature St. Luke’s introduction to the ministry of John the Baptist (Lk. 3:1-6). In contrast to his co-evangelists, Luke kickstarts his account with a dramatic rollcall of regional potentates. His point, at least in part, is to trumpet John’s ministry as an event of monumental significance in ...
  • Getting real about sin on Reformation Sunday
    Getting real about sin on Reformation Sunday
  • 1) A Quick Note on Mark 7 for this Sunday. 2) An Impending Transition.
    I. Colleagues, I know just enough Greek to be dangerous. On the one hand, when I browse a text in a Greek New Testament I can spot angles that translations obscure. On the other, I can’t vouch altogether for the reliability of the things I seem to be looking at. The danger enters in when I start ...
  • Humanity coram Deo – Pieces of a 1947 Lecture by Werner Elert
    Colleagues, Some weeks ago I met a young woman who had just earned a master’s degree at a local university in the technicalities required to earn a living as a translator. She had grown up in Switzerland speaking German and came to the U.S. as a college student. Her conversational English was impeccable. So was her ...
  • A Crossings Love Story
    The Hallmark Channel would like to get its hands on Stefan and Cindy Munker’s love story for one of its movies. Stefan, a native of Fuerth, Germany, was a theology student at the University of Munich when he left to study for a year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA (now United Seminary) ...
  • Pentecost is for Preaching: Part 2
    Preaching is not unlike the courtroom drama Jesus faced before Pilate. The audience we face is no less cynical. Jesus, testifying to his kingship, said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate answered with post-modern cynicism, “What is truth?” Pilate was schooled in the real politic of empire in which, might ...
  • Peter Keyel on the Usefulness of Superhero Movies
    Colleagues, I learned early this morning that a pathophobic phillumenist is a matchbook collector who is scared to death of getting sick. While I can’t suppose the rest of you were aching to know this too, still, there it is. The source of this revelation was the daily note I get from Anu Garg’s team at wordsmith.org. ...