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  • The Day of Jesus Embedded in the Tomb
    Colleagues, Introduction: Herewith a Saturday Soliloquy (in-between ThTh postings), a somber soliloquy – but not without hope. Some ruminations stemming from yesterday’s 2 Good Friday liturgies. [I checked “soliloquy” in my Webster. First definition: The act of talking to oneself. Yes, sometimes I wonder–especially on this topic. Some of you tell me that you wonder too. Not ...
  • Shock and Awe in Time of War, Part II
    Colleagues, Yesterday was Bonhoeffer Commemoration Day on the church calendar, the anniversary of his death in 1945. His name still signals “shock and awe” from the days of World War II. In last week’s Thursday Theology Amy Thoren took the Shock and Awe of current American rhetoric and ran it through the sieve of law and ...
  • Shock and Awe–at the Power of Death or the Power of Life?
    Colleagues, Amy Thoren is the seminary intern this year at our congregation here in St. Louis. But only half-time. The other half of her internship is with the Lutheran Campus Ministry here in town. Amy is something else! Not only is she amiable; she’s awesome–especially when it comes to knowing the Gospel and then proclaiming it ...
  • “Your Gospel is too Small.” A Look at 2 Recent ELCA publications.
    Colleagues, For ThTh #250 I asked two of you regulars to do a show-and-tell on the quality of the Gospel in two pieces that recently went public in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Both pieces focused on the “evangel” (a.k.a. the Gospel) signalled in that first “E” of ELCA. I thought the Gospel was skimpy ...
  • The Reverend Dr. Robert W. Bertram International Lutheran Theologian, Interpreter of Seminex by Ed Schroeder
    Robert Walter Bertram, Lutheran pastor and theology professor, active for over 50 years in many contexts domestic and overseas, died March 13, 2003 in Webster Groves, MO. Born on Easter Sunday March 27, 1921, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bertram grew up in the world and ethos of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. With parents, Dr. Martin ...
  • Is it Still Worth Being a Lutheran?
    Colleagues, At last summer’s Tenth Luther Research Congress in Copenhagen, one (and only one) member of the club was hyped for perfect attendance. He’d been at all ten congresses starting right after WWII. He’s George Forell, now octogenarian, with a life story perilous and bizarre, a story he is now putting together as a printed chronicle. ...
  • A Review of William Lazareth’s “Christians in Society: Luther, the Bible and Social Ethics”
    Dear Folks, Here’s the review of a very useful book which I recommend to you, even with the caveats which I articulate below.Peace, Robin Morgan A Review of William Lazareth’s “Christians in Society: Luther, the Bible and Social Ethics” Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001 William Lazareth’s book, “Christians in Society: Luther, the Bible and Social Ethics,” offers the reader some useful resources, ...
  • The Folk Religion of “God Bless America” – Revisited
    Colleagues, Two weeks ago ThTh 244 examined FROGBA, The Folk Religion of God Bless America. A number of you responded. None so extensively, however, as Jeffrey Anderson, himself a recent post-er on these pages, viz., ThTh 240 of January 16.The FROGBA posting 244 came in three sections, as you may remember. Chapter 1 was FROGBA’s diagnosis ...
  • Lay Leadership at the Lord’s Supper
    Colleagues, This week’s ThTh posting is a case study in Gospel-grounded theology where the rubber hits the road. Its author, Timothy Hoyer, is an ELCA pastor in the state of New York. He’s also a Seminex grad. The case he makes sounds compelling to me. What do you think?Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder Bishop’s Decisions Regarding the Offering ...
  • The Folk Religion of “God Bless America” [FROGBA] – A Crossings-style Analysis
    Colleagues, It was not exactly a quiet week-end just passed here in our household on the banks of the Mississippi. For Saturday I flew to Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois, to discuss “Theology of the Cross,” some of which discussion may show up in future ThTh postings.Sunday a.m. Marie and I concluded our Adult ...