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  • Hope and Meaning as the Virus Swirls
    Co-Missioners, We send you the first in a series of theological reflections on the pandemic that now upends our lives. Today’s writer is Steve Albertin, an ELCA pastor (recently retired), a masterful Law/Gospel theologian, and a long-time member of the Crossings Board of Directors. He is also the author and narrator of a new Crossings video ...
  • Repentance and Faith for Pandemic Days
    Co-Missioners, If my sainted teacher, Ed Schroeder, were still a denizen of this present evil age, you would likely be getting a jeremiad today about America’s refusal to repent and believe the Gospel. Ed wrote a series of these over his thirteen-plus years as founder, editor, and unflagging author of Crossings’ Thursday Theology blog. The first ...
  • Believing is Seeing
    Co-Missioners, We send along another comment by our editor on an item that snagged his eye in recent days. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Believing is Seeing: A Comment on John 3 While working on last Sunday’s sermon about Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus (John 3), I caught something in the text I hadn’t noticed before. It’s the main verb ...
  • Promise vs. Panic: Using Christ When COVID-19 Lurks
    Co-Missioners, This week we share an exercise in practical, urgent, and down-to-earth theology, anchored in the word and promise of Christ—or so we hope you’ll find it to be. It’s one of what we guess are several thousand letters that pastors around the U.S. have dispatched in recent days to congregants beset with anxiety over COVID-19, ...
  • Learning to Beg
    Co-Missioners, Our gift today is a homily for Ash Wednesday by the Rev. Dr. Bruce K. Modahl. He preached it twelve years ago at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois. Its pertinence to Christ-confessors everywhere in 2020 will be obvious as you read. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Learning to Beg An Ash Wednesday Homily by Rev. Dr. Bruce ...
  • Mixed Observations, All Brief
    Co-Missioners, Our editor weighs in again with a few notes on things that have lately snagged his eye—all pertinent to the mission-minded, he thinks. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community “Mixed Observations, All Brief” Transfiguration Terrors Anyone destined this coming Sunday to attend a church that uses the Revised Common Lectionary is going to hear St. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ transfiguration. ...
  • A Valentine’s Gift for Gloomy Lutherans
    Co-Missioners, We send you to our library this week for another gem that lies there unnoticed—though perhaps not forgotten by those who followed Thursday Theology in the days when Ed Schroeder was its editor and main contributor. This item dates to February, 2007, the year the iPhone revolutionized the way we communicate and transact our daily ...
  • Whose Trial?
    Co-Missioners, A week and a half ago Michael Hoy sent us a reflection on the impeachment trial that ended yesterday. It still bears reading. Mike served for a time as a Crossings editor. He is also the scholar who ushered two books by Bob Bertram into posthumous publication. God grant the repentance that Mike invokes. Peace and Joy, The ...
  • The Homiletical Bind: Preaching Law and Gospel in the Congregation
    The Homiletical Bind: Preaching Law and Gospel in the Congregation
  • More Scraps on the Politics of Epiphany
    Co-Missioners, On a day when our editor is still scrambling to get his wits together in the wake of this week’s Crossings conference, we send along a bit of follow-up to last week’s post on the politics of Epiphany. There will be more of that in coming weeks. The aim for now is simply to stir ...