The theology that an angry God had to have revenge on humanity by killing Jesus – a belief called Penal Substitutionary Atonement – short-circuits the gospel’s full meaning, which is to rescue us from all that isn’t God, writes Dr. Frederick Schmidt.
The many judgments following the outpouring of grief over the deaths of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, should be a caution for Christians who are taught to believe in God’s mercy for our misdeeds, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
Leading without fear requires leaders to exercise restraint over their own negative thoughts, to inspire hope and encouragement in their followers, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
The passing of Hilda, an extraordinary organizer of her “pack,” prompts the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt to reflect on humans’ responsibility to care for God’s creation, including the gift of dogs.
Complex political issues such as immigration reform take more time to consider than a typical 15-to-18-minute sermon, which is best focused in Christian formation through scriptural interpretation, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
Reflecting first on what kind of people we can be – whether we can honestly face up to times when suffering can’t be eased – forms the first step in participating in the true healing of Christ, writes Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
On Independence Day 2019, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt prays that God will guide the United States of America to fulfill its ideals to act justly, to care for the weak, to defend the persecuted and to foster freedom and peace.
Unlike “spiritual but not religious” perceptions, Christian spirituality is religious, and it’s time for declining churches in the United States to reclaim its spiritual traditions, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
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.