The emphasis on collective change on both ends of the theological spectrum misses an essential truth of Jesus’ teaching: true spiritual transformation begins and ends with the individual, writes Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
The 2019 General Conference convinced the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt that local churches, as the places where ministry happens, deserve a break from national conferences that issue rules that distracting or irrelevant.
Christian leaders do an injustice to their communities when they feed the lack of realism that suggests that people are “basically good” when confronted with the kind of evil that killed 11 Jews at worship, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
It’s time for Christians to resume talking and teaching about God in spiritual language, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
In the coming denominational action on United Methodist unity, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees “a lengthy, torturous future for our Methodist siblings,” but even more “the slow, torturous death of the Protestant Reformation.”
Have we created a society where suicide is an acceptable option? asks the Rev. Dr. Frederick W Schmidt.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some pointed suggestions for how to counteract the decline in clergy credibility.
Stephen Hawking’s life, atheism and death give Christians an opportunity yet again to ponder the mysteries and dilemmas of suffering and faith.
Fundamentalist Christians and Progressive Christians ought to remember that to the rest of the world, they’re just two old dinosaurs fighting a battle no one cares about, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
Removing the spiritual challenges of Ash Wednesday negates its nature and purpose, which is to remind us of our own morality and sinfulness, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.