Thursday Theology: Everyday Translations

Co-missioners, This is your editor, Jerry Burce, grabbing the reins for this week’s ride. I’ve spent the past several days visiting my father in Wisconsin. Every such visit gets me thinking again about my calling and yours as both missionary and translator. My father wore those labels officially during his forty years of service in Papua New Guinea—well, of course. …

Thursday Theology: “Witnessing Christ”: Fred Niedner on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Seminex (Part Two)

Co-missioners, We send you the second half of Fred Niedner’s presentation at the Seminex event in Chicago this past April. You’ll find it stunning. See, not least, Fred’s summation in his second-last paragraph of the Church’s role in the world today. We hope you’ll share this widely. Peace and Joy, The Crossings Community __________________________________________________________________ Witnessing Christ: Preaching for the Church …

Thursday Theology: “Witnessing Christ”: Fred Niedner on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Seminex (Part One)

Co-missioners, Fred Niedner earned an STM degree in 1973 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, his theological alma mater. Two months later a majority of his teachers would find themselves condemned as intolerable by a convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Eight months after that those teachers would be leaving Concordia’s campus with a majority of their students to establish Concordia …

Thursday Theology: A Must-Hear “Sermon-Poem” on John 17:6-19

Co-missioners, What we send you today is a gift I got a week ago from Pr. Shaun O’Reilly of Reno, Nevada. It’s a You Tube recording of what Shaun calls a sermon-poem. He delivered it to the saints of Faith Lutheran in Reno on the Seventh Sunday of Easter. A day or two later he sent me the recording. I …

Thursday Theology: On the Lively Use of the Gospel: A Plea for Renewed Discussion

Co-missioners, “That’s the discussion I’m hoping to incite.” So writes Amandus (Mandy) Derr about the piece we invite you to read today. It’s another in this year’s irregular series of Thursday Theology reflections on the emergence of Concordia Seminary in Exile—Seminex for short—in 1974. Crossings is one of the many shoots that Seminex would produce. This is the second time …

Thursday Theology: Christ for the Preachers (A Homily)

Co-missioners, At the Crossings seminar this past January we heard homilies from three of the younger pastors who had participated in last fall’s trial run of a new Crossings project in mentoring preachers. We have already shared two of these homilies with you. Today we send you the third. It’s by the Rev. Matthew Knuppel, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church …

Thursday Theology: “Crossings, Quo Vadis?”

Co-missioners, “Quo vadis”: where are you going? Dr. George Heider, a retired member of Valparaiso University’s theology department, made a first contribution to Thursday Theology two and a half years ago. He has kept an observing eye on Crossings ever since. Today George does as Ron Roschke did last week, offering some thoughts on issues that Crossings faces and directions …

Thursday Theology: The Other Focus and Unfinished Business: A Project for Seminex-style Theology in 2024 and Beyond (Part One)

Co-missioners, Most of you met Ron Roschke for the first time last November via a book review he wrote for Thursday Theology. You encountered him again last month through a thoughtful reflection on his experience of Seminex. Themes from both those contributions will come together this week and next as Ron uses his deep familiarity with current biblical scholarship to …

Thursday Theology: How Expansive is the Easter Promise?

Co-missioners, Christ may be risen indeed, yet countless people for whom he died don’t believe this, nor will they in their lifetimes. All too many don’t know of Christ at all. What becomes of them when all is done? Dare we assume that God gives up on them? Christian thinkers have tussled with this question since the days of St. …