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.
Last week I wrote about the importance of rigor in a seminary education. Predictably, someone finally noted that the disciples of Jesus didn’t have educations, so modern pastors don’t need one either.
Seminary represents the best opportunity for future pastors to grapple with how to talk about God and the inevitable tragedies of human life, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
For the Church, the discussion around sexual harassment is even more complex, because the church has abandoned its historic theology of human sin in favor of political language, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt
As we continue to delve into the Las Vegas massacre, let’s not blind ourselves to the brutal reality of the human condition: until God redeems the world, evil will work its wickedness, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.