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.
Amid Christians’ anguish over the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt counsels Christians to take eight immediate actions to witness against racism.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt proposes we look at generations not with pejorative labels, but with appreciation for the gifts each brings to leadership.
In the midst of our troubled, divided times, the Church has a unique calling – to be the Church distinct from the world around it, with a bold, risky message of action and reconciliation, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
These patterns are corrosive to both the pastors and the churches they lead, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
Why has there been much news coverage of the Manchester bombing, and yet little about the massacre of Coptic Christians in Egypt? asks the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.
We ignore our capacity for evil at our peril, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt.