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  • How Bach Set the Gospel to Music (A Book Review)
    Co-missioners, This week we bring you a review of James Runcie’s 2022 novel The Great Passion, which depicts Bach’s composition of his St. Matthew Passion against a background colored by grief and loss. The review is by another Matthew—in this case, Matt Metevelis, an ELCA pastor and chaplain in Las Vegas, Nevada, who has written many ...
  • Jesus Pressing His Luck (A Layperson’s Sermon on John 17)
    Co-missioners, In the run-up to this year’s Seventh Sunday of Easter, our editor, Jerry Burce, was dreading the prospect of having to preach again on the high priestly prayer of John 17. He decided instead to invite his congregant Christopher Neumann—layperson and frequent writer for Thursday Theology—to embark on his first-ever adventure in preaching. The result, ...
  • Raising Christian Children in a Secular World
    Co-missioners, Carol Braun writes this week about an issue that surely weighs on countless Christians parents in 2022. Her candor will refresh you. So will her gritty trust in the One who gave his life for every child or grandchild that you happen to know and love.  Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ Raising Christian Children in a Secular ...
  • A Time for American Repentance (Part 2)
    Co-missioners, In this second half of David Krause’s essay on America’s original sin of racial genocide, he breaks down the aspects of our national culture that can draw us away from Christ and away from our calling to love our neighbor as ourselves. He then lays out specific suggestions for incorporating repentance for the national sin ...
  • A Time for American Repentance (Part 1)
    Co-missioners, For more than four hundred years of our nation’s history, racism has led to discrimination, abuse, and violence. In an essay we bring you in two parts, this week and next, David Krause deftly illustrates our nation’s original sin, exposing our failure to trust God and our worship of idols. David’s call for repentance is ...
  • The Ten Commandments as a Resource for Daily Life
    Co-missioners, Each month, many in the Crossings network gather via Zoom for Table Talk. Those who gathered in April were encouraged to read two articles from the Crossings library, both by Ed Schroeder and both about the “third use of the law.” Following the thought of Werner Elert, Ed clearly and forcefully rejects this view of ...
  • Becoming Christ’s Body in the World
    Co-missioners, Thursday Theology is devoted to “making full use of Christ’s benefits.” Of course, we have use of those benefits because of Christ’s death and resurrection. In today’s post, Fred Niedner offers a rich repast of his close reading of the Gospels and Paul’s letters, as well as a few verses of rabbinic teaching from the ...
  • A Review of Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s Jesus and John Wayne
    Co-missioners, This week the clear prose and sharp insights of Lori Cornell once again give Thursday Theology readers much to ponder. In this instance Lori reviews an important book that recently became available in paperback: Jesus and John Wayne, by Calvin University scholar Kristin Kobes Du Mez. Lori’s astute review prods us to move beyond shaking ...
  • Luther’s Infamous “On the Jews.” An Assessment (Part 2)
      Co-missioners, This week we bring you Part 2 of Kurt Hendel’s essay on Luther and the Jews. As he laid out in Part 1 last week, Kurt’s goal here is “to summarize Luther’s attitude toward and comments about the Jews, analyze the potential reasons why he wrote what he did, and offer necessary critiques,” while keeping ...
  • Luther’s Infamous “On the Jews.” An Assessment (Part 1)
      Co-missioners, An eruption of racist slaughter left ten people dead in Buffalo last week. On Sunday another was killed and more were injured at a church in Laguna Woods, California, for the sin of being Taiwanese. Anyone inclined to think in Martin Luther’s categories will refer to this as the raging of the devil.  Comes a dreadful ...