Thursday Theology: June 11, 2020

Co-Missioners, Our editor speaks his mind today. With fear and trembling, he adds. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community George Floyd as a Summons to Lutheran Repentance If anyone is in Christ—new creation! The old is gone. Look! Here is the new! —2 Cor. 5:17 On March 23 I started posting a daily devotion on my congregation’s website. …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 10: Fake Gospel or Real Gospel?

In the final chapter of Steve’s Faith Seeking Understanding, we take a look at fake vs real gospel. “You discover that a beautiful vase of flowers is not real. It is FAKE. It is not the real deal.There has always been a similar problem in church. We may hear lots of talk about God, Jesus and the …

Thursday Theology: June 4, 2020

Co-missioners, George Floyd is dead. Our cities burn. The nation is awash in wrath, judgment, recrimination and dumbfounded dismay. Against this backdrop, we send you the sermon that Pastor Nathan Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, North Conway, New Hampshire, delivered to his flock last Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost. It comes to you in …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 8: Will Everyone be Saved?

What about those who have never known or believed in Christ? Will they be saved? In the end, will everyone be saved? What about Uncle Charlie? Everyone has an Uncle Charlie in their lives, the good person who never went to church and never believed in God. What about them? Will they be saved? Ultimately, that is …

Thursday Theology: May 28, 2020

Co-Missioners, We’ve been hearing about America’s dwindling churches for several years now. The evidence is easy to find. The trends in your own congregation will likely provide some. Or look at your judicatory’s reports to see how any of its churches have dissolved over the past five years. Steve Kuhl serves an Episcopal congregation that is presently facing …

Thursday Theology: May 21, 2020

Co-Missioners, Today is the Feast of the Ascension, the most underplayed and underappreciated occasion in the entire church year. Or so opines our editor, Jerry Burce, who trolled his files for an argument that the Gospel on this day is as thunderously good as the Gospel can get. What we send you is the better part of a …

Thursday Theology: May 14, 2020

Co-Missioners, Today Steve Albertin tackles a question that many are quietly asking, and few are daring to face. Avoidance is rampant also in swathes of the church, where one would wish to find backbones sufficiently stiffened in Christ to have honest and forthright discussions about matters like this. How pleased we are to assume that all of you, …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 6: What Is Christian Freedom?

Steve Chapter 06 from Unify Creative Agency on Vimeo. Today Steve tackles the tough subject of Christian freedom and cheap grace. As he states, one of biggest criticisms of Crossings and Luther is that both promoted the notion of CHEAP GRACE, that is “Now that you don’t have to be saved you can do anything you want.” …

Thursday Theology: May 8, 2020

Co-Missioners, From Richard Gahl comes another installment in his ongoing series on the mission of the Church. We send it along for your reflection and encouragement. Dick’s closing observations prompt us to remind you of a forthcoming series of Bread for the World webinars. We mentioned these two weeks ago. They’re scheduled for May 19 through May 21. …