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.
As a Christian “first, last and always,” the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt finds the furor over NFL protests during the national anthem leads to a series of questions about the intent and efficacy of such actions.
Much of the literature on the fundamentalist – modernist controversy of the 1920s and ’30s is described as the struggle of fundamentalists against modernity — its science, its ways of thinking, approaches to Scripture, and, in particular, the theory of evolution. But what we don’t talk about very much is the way in which the desire not be thought of as fundamentalist has shaped mainline Protestantism. If you read the history of that period, you will discover that big donors to Riverside Church in New York City — where Harry Emerson Fosdick was the preacher for so many years — gave to the building of Riverside, precisely as an effort to stem the spread of fundamentalism. If you read the steady stream of blogging, there is no end to the skewering
Whether clergy or laity, Christians who engage in ministries of caring will find they need a solid spiritual grounding in order to “suffer with” those they help, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
People who argue that natural disasters have someone’s name written on them – which is, by the way, never their own – need a good, quick metaphorical kick, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
The question to ask isn’t “what can the church do for me?” but instead looks more to what God wants us to do, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.