A Crossing for Thanksgiving Day 2000

Colleagues, By popular demand (well, actually one Crossings junkie explicitly asked for it) I’m composing a Crossings style text study of this year’s Gospel (Revised Standard Lectionary) appointed for the USA Day of Thanksgiving, a week hence on November 23, 2000. So substantively this Thursday Theology #127 belongs to the genre “Sabbatheology” (=text studies). But Thanksgiving in the USA is …

Being Threshed by a Real Comer (Luke 3:7-18)

Luke 3:7-18 (Advent 3) Analysis by Robert W. Bertram [A “Crossings” presented at the Sebring Seminar, Sebring, Cape Coral Florida, November 14, 2000.] John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say …

Bulldozed by Baptism: The Better to See You With

 Advent 2 (Luke 3:1-6) Robert W. Bertram [A “Crossings” presented at the Sebring Seminary, Cape Coral, Florida, November 14, 2000.] In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituracea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, …

Christian Conversation with an Ex-Marxist

Colleagues, Eleven years ago today, the day before Luther’s birthday, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Makes me think of the semester-long stint that Marie and I did thereafter in Lithuania, one of the countries of the former Soviet bloc. We’re still in e-mail connection with folks we met there in the city of Klaipeda, one of whom is Alexei. …

Palestinian Lutherans in Today’s War Zone (Continuation of ThTh #124)

Colleagues: Half a dozen, maybe more, responses (some of them lengthy pieces) have come my way since last week’s posting about Christians Palestinians. I’d like to send them all your way, especially the two coming from Jewish authors who speak out for the Palestinians in their ironic David/Goliath dilemma with Israel, but it’s too much. So I’ve selected two others–one …

Magnificat Advent 4

Luke 1:39-55 A “Crossings” by Robert W. Bertram [Presented at the Order of Phillipi in Cape Coral, Fl., November, 2000.]   In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped …

Macedonian Call from Palestinian Christians (that you haven’t seen on CNN)

Colleagues, Today’s posting is quite lengthy. So I’m sending it in three parts. This is part #1, the first of the three pieces I rec’d yesterday from Kit Kleinhans and Fred Strickert, one-time Seminex students and now theology profs at Wartburg College (ELCA) in Waverly, Iowa. Even in the face of this “apocalypse now,” Peace & Joy! Ed Editor Note: …

Historic Episcopacy and the ELCA – Responses from Readers

Colleagues, The last two postings (ThTh 121 and ThTh 122) offered Walt Bouman’s corrective to my misreading of the CCM document, and then his perspective on the current controversy within the ELCA now that CCM has been adopted. Here are some responses that came my way from these postings.  Peace & Joy! Ed Schroeder From a prof at an ELCA …

The debate within the ELCA about HE-succession (continued)

Colleagues, The core of last week’s ThTh 121 was Walt Bouman’s analysis of the specifics of the document “Called to Common Mission” (CCM), the recent agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church USA. Walt corrected some misinformation I’d passed on in earlier ThTh postings. His words drew interesting responses from a number of you on …

Greater Accuracy on the ELCA’s agreement with US Episcopalians

Colleagues, I have to eat crow. I was wrong, simply mistaken. About what? About the picture I had of the document “Called to Common Mission” [CCA], the agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] and the Episcopal Church USA [ECUSA] pertaining to ordination of future pastors in the ELCA. Here’s what I now know. The specs of the …