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Thursday Theology -full listing Crossings Film Series
  • Pressing Reminders from Ed Schroeder (Part 1)
    Co-missioners, Suddenly we find ourselves in the final weeks of the current church year. A new one launches at the end of this month. The texts we hear in church between now and Christmas will crackle with news about the pending end of all things and the new beginning that God has already launched once and ...
  • On Extracting Good News from a Thankless Text. An Example
    Co-missioners, Gospel-minded preachers have had a tough go of it these past many weeks. So have people who drag themselves to church or sit through online services in the hope of hearing some good news from God to carry them through another week. As today’s writer will observe, the immediate culprit here is St. Luke. More ...
  • Reflections on the ELCA’s 2022 Churchwide Assembly
    Co-missioners, Our writer this week is Chris Repp. That’s Chris as in the Rev. Dr., pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, Illinois; also a long-serving member of the Crossings board, convener of our biweekly Book Club (drop him a note if you’d like to join), and one of the writers who produce our weekly text studies. Chris ...
  • A Review of David Zahl’s Low Anthropology
    Co-missioners, Are you looking for ways to talk about the Gospel with people who can’t imagine needing it? If so, we send you notice of a book you’ll want to buy. It was published only last month. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________   A Review of David Zahl’s Low Anthropology by Bruce K. Modahl Bibliographic Details— Zahl, David Low Anthropology: The Unlikely Key to ...
  • In Praise of Thanks
    Co-missioners, What, you may ask, is the best gift Christianity can bring to American public life, or to the mood of the world, for that matter? Marcus Felde has an intriguing response to that question today. He’ll draw on some deep cross-cultural experience as he makes the case for it. Along the way he’ll also show ...
  • Extra Nos: An Ordination Sermon
    Co-missioners, A month ago, a servant of Christ named Robin Small was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, Ohio. Robin had been serving at St. Mark’s under the auspices of the ELCA’s Northwestern Ohio Synod as a Synodically Authorized Minister. While doing so, she had also ...
  • Reflections on the Queen’s Funeral
    Co-missioners, We send along some thoughts from our editor about Queen Elizabeth’s funeral ten days ago. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ “Their Sound is Gone Out into All Lands” Reflections on the Queen’s Funeral On September 19th the online version of the New York Times livestreamed the day-long solemnities of the funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II. It caught ...
  • On Performative Utterances
    Co-missioners, Today Carol Braun takes up an issue that grates on more than a few of us, we suspect. It’s one of those hot topics in our current culture wars that gets Christians sniping at each other too. Carol will push us all to think more carefully about the matter than we tend to, and with ...
  • All Leadership Is Service, All Service Is Leadership
    Co-missioners, We rummaged through our files this week and found a little piece that merits some mid-September attention, at least in North America. These are the days when congregations are returning to the regular rhythms of parish life. Summer vacations are a fading memory. Councils are meeting again. So are the other teams and groups and ...
  • Will I Hear the Gospel this Fall?
    Co-missioners, Our editor sends along a reflection occasioned by a recent and dramatic change in the way he spends his days, and his Sundays in particular. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ Will I Hear the Gospel this Fall?   Suddenly I’m spending a sliver of every Sunday looking at a pulpit instead of talking from one. That’s what happens when ...