Lord Teach us to Pray

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Nexus, Vol. 2:1 (Nov. 1961).]   “Pious Roman Catholics pray the entire Psalter once a week, Anglicans once a month, Lutherans almost never.” Why? In public worship we tolerate the psalms. The synodical hymnal includes about one third of them. The Sunday introit and gradual preserve a snatch of them. In Walther League “vespers” we …

The Gospel as the Answer to Youth’s Problems: Vocational

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed for First Annual Conference for Lutheran Workers with Youth, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, Proceedings, 1961.]   The dilemma that all of us face as we try to speak with young folks is well depicted in a cartoon in the Saturday Review. A young father comes into the living room looking distraught and harried, followed by little …

What Can Law Do For Revelation

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in “Colloquy on Law and Theology: Papers presented at Valparaiso University, October, 1960” by The Lutheran Academy for Scholarship, St. Louis, MO]   The subject of this panel discussion is “Law and Revelation.” This general subject, in turn, has been subdivided four ways. Mr. Duesenberg’s question was, What can revelation do for law? Mr. Kauper’s question …

Social Justice: A Recollection of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in NICM Journal 1, No. 3 (1976): 39-53. Permission given by the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life.]   It was exactly eight years ago today – April 4 1968 – that Martin Luther King. Jr., was buried. Let us hope his influence was not. And it was just thirteen years ago, almost to the day, …

IT IS A SIN TO TELL A LIE; THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Edward H. Schroeder [n.d. Possibly in response to Sidonie M. Gruenberg, “When Your Child Lies or Steals,” The Gary Post-Tribune Family Weekly, February 28, 1960]   PROBLEM OF HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS Rigged Quiz Shows Payola Election Year Doesn’t affect us WHAT DOES HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS MEAN IN COLLEGE LIFE? When is my witness-bearing true, when is it false? What makes …

HUMAN FREEDOM IN A LUTHERAN THEORY OF EDUCATION

By Robert W. Bertram Head of the Department of Religion Valparaiso University [Printed in The Cresset 22, No. 9 (September, 1959): 16-20. Reprinted with permission]   I. Freedom of the Teachable Learner Christian education, which paradoxically invites people to believe and he what they are inherently incapable of believing and being, seems a contradiction in terms. One of the first …

Legal Morality And The Two Kingdoms

By Robert W. Bertram Valpariaso University [Printed in The Cresset 20:4 (February, 1957): 6-9. Re-printed with permission]   Every American Christian who is morally serious about the law of his land deserves two reminders: First, that being a Christian believer and being a good citizen, though he must be both, are two different things – and sometimes are two conflicting …

Freedom Under Law

Robert Bertram [Printed in The Cresset 16:3 (January, 1953): 21-26. Reprinted with permission.]   In a Greyhound bus a few weeks ago the woman behind me said to her partner, and said rather indignantly, “Well, it’s my life and I oughta be allowed to live it the way I want to.” My partner and I looked at one another and …

Brunner on Revelation

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly Vol. XXII, No. 9 (September 1951): 625-643. Reprinted with permission.] Professor Emil Brunner, the Reformed theologian at the University of Zurich, probably requires little introduction. He, more than any others of the so-called neo-orthodox theologians from Europe, has fast found his way into American Protestant theological thinking, his books seem to be …