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  • Aarhus Revisited – Theology Where the Rubber Hits the Road. From: Robin Morgan
    Colleagues, Fred Niedner and Dave Truemper did a great job of giving you an overview of the Aarhus conference (Jan. 15-19 in Denmark) as well as their theological critique of much that transpired while we were gathered. All I’d like to add are a couple of snapshots of our time together from my perspective ...
  • The Theology of President Bush’s 2003 “State of the Union” Address
    Colleagues, Ever since the first ThTh posting after Sept. 11, 2001, repentance, America’s need to repent, has been a frequent theme here. There was no hint of anything like that in the “State of the Union” address Americans heard Tuesday evening from their president. Worse still, was the implicit message that America “had no need for repentance” ...
  • Aarhus Conference by Fred Niedner and Dave Truemper
    Last week (January 16-19) approximately 125 Lutheran theologians from around the world gathered in Denmark’s second city, Aarhus, for a conference, “The Future of Lutheran Theology: Charisms & Contexts.” Sponsored by the Theological Faculty of the University of Aarhus and the Editorial Board of Dialog, along with support from the Danish and German Lutheran churches, ...
  • FELLOWSHIP AT THE LORD’S SUPPER
    Colleagues, Jeffrey Anderson supplies today’s Thursday Theology whilst Robin and I are both out of town. One of the pleasant memories of my first semester as prof at Concordia Seminary (35 yrs ago) was great students. One of that creme-de-la-creme bunch was Jeff,who still remembers that first semester encounter where he learned to have “sufficient grounds” ...
  • So you want to be a priest, then?
    Colleagues, First off, some facts and figures: Twenty-five of you sent generous donations for getting us ThTh honchos to the Aarhus Conference next week on the Future of Lutheran Theology. The 2K total you contributed covers most of the airfare. For that we are grateful. Year-end statistics for the Crossings Web-page in 2002: Average hits per day 1,044. ...
  • Luther as Resource for Mission Theology
    Colleagues, Two weeks from today, d.v., a least a half dozen of us on this listserve will be assembling at the University of Aarhus in Denmark to deliberate with a 100-plus other folks from around the world on the “Future of Lutheran Theology.” Robin and I will report on it when we get back. A recent ...
  • To fear or not to fear?
    Colleagues, To fear or not to fear? That is the question.Good Christmas theology, “Good News gospelly” Christmas theology, is a tad rare these days. Even among Lutherans. Even in THE LUTHERAN, national magazine of our ELCA. Example #1 The main theology piece in this year’s Christmas issue is “Emmanuel, God is with us!” It wants to show us ...
  • Peace on Earth in Bethlehem 2002. A Blue Christmas?
    Colleagues, Appended below is a message I received from Bethlehem earlier this week anticipating a “Blue” Christmas.Makes me think of an earlier text impacting that “little” town linked to political ordinances with military enforcement: “And there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus” to which everyone MUST conform. It was “taxing.” The Mangered Messiah and the ...
  • Semper Fideles (Always Faithful) at a Time of War
    Colleagues, The flu bug hit me this week. So I’m posting someone else’s prose for your ThTh 235 reflection. I know nothing more about author Jim Lewis than what you can read here. ‘Fact is, I don’t even know how this got into our “IN basket.”Although Jim never mentions “left-hand-of-God” rubrics in this essay about war, ...
  • Advent Letter from Bethlehem & Apocalypse Now
    Colleagues: I just received this e-mail from Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. It got me thinking. Today’s posting gives you both.Peace & Joy! Ed Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 As Advent begins in Bethlehem… By Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb It is Sunday morning, the first Advent. The streets of Bethlehem are deserted, very unusual for such a ...