Thursday Theology: April 16, 2020

Co-Missioners, For this week we asked the Rev. Dr. Steven Albertin, a recently retired ELCA pastor, to look through his files for the Easter sermon he was most glad to have preached over his decades in the pulpit. Here it is. God grant that it shoves some Easter steel into your hearts too. Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! …

Thursday Theology: April 9, 2020

Co-Missioners, Churches across the U.S. are closed this month. Many have found ways to deliver fresh proclamations of the Gospel through livestream broadcasts. Others have not. Most if not all congregations will have people in regular attendance or more loosely on the rolls who don’t use computers, smart phones or other devices that connect them to the internet. …

Thursday Theology: April 2, 2020

Co-Missioners, From Bruce Modahl comes this second in our brief (?) series on the covid-19 pandemic. Need we repeat? Bruce edits our quarterly newsletter. He’s also the author of The Banality of Grace, published late last June by Cascade Books. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community Hope and Meaning as the Virus Swirls by Bruce K. Modahl I know …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 3: What is the Crossings Method?

Listen as Steve gives a great explanation of the Crossings Method. In his words, the Crossings Method is a way to look at life, culture, film, literature, and Scripture through the lens of the distinction between Law and Gospel. It is a specific process for examining Scripture and ourselves through the prism of distinguishing law and gospel. …

Thursday Theology: March 26, 2020

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 series entitled …

Thursday Theology: March 19, 2020

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 appeared two …

Thursday Theology: March 12, 2020

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 …

FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING: Chapter 2: What is Law and Gospel?

Here are some of Steve Albertin’s thoughts on Law and Gospel. The “proper distinction between Law and Gospel” refers to a theological rule of thumb or interpretive insight for understanding the workings of God in the world. It asserts that God operates in two distinct ways: Law and Gospel. The Law refers to that activity through which …

Thursday Theology: March 5, 2020

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, the disease …