One Covenant or Two? An Interview with Dr. Edward Schroeder and Dr. Theodore Ludwig

[Printed in The Lighter, Student Journal of Valparaiso University, Indiana, May 1971.]   The Lighter asked Pat Keifert to interview Dr. Theodore Ludwig and Dr. Edward Schroeder about their understanding of Delbert Hillers’ Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea (John Hopkins Press, 1969). The hope was that in bringing together a specialist in Old Testament and one …

An Argument for Academic Theology at VU

 Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in THE TORCH, Vol. 63:20. Jan. 29, 1971 Valparaiso, IN] ABSTRACT A consensus community stands behind the required study of academic theology at Valparaiso University consisting finally of the holy Christian church and what that community considers important as skills and knowledge for human life. As these skills and knowledge do not emerge naturally …

DOING THEOLOGY IN RELATION TO MISSION

Robert W. Bertram [Address, 1971. Later expanded and published in “How a Lutheran Does Theology,” in Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue: Report and Recommendations, 73-87, 1981] I. 1. Theology, says the assignment, must relate to “mission.” But aren’t the two, theology and mission, too far apart for that? Isn’t theology here, here at the seminary? And isn’t mission out there, out …

The Role of Women in the Church of Jesus Christ

By Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Advance, Vol. 17:7 (Oct 1970).]   In considering the role of women in the church, it seems to me that the issue is a threefold one. First, how to use the Scriptures – and especially St. Paul’s statement about women in the public work of the church – in understanding the place …

The Role of Women in the Church of Jesus Christ

By Edward H. Schroeder [Originally published in Lutheran Deaconess. Reprinted in Advance, October, 1970.]   In considering the role of women in the church, it seems to me that the issue is a threefold one. First, how to use the Scriptures – and especially St. Paul’s statements about women in the public work of the church – in …

Models for Ministry in a Secular Age

 Edward H. Schroeder [Outlines for four presentations at Sierra-Nevada Pastoral Conference, Jan. 27-29, 1970]   Presentation #1: A Proposed Lutheran Model (My Own) Arising from the Lutheran Confessional Tradition Introductory Reflections: Systematic theology probes for the “sufficient grounds” supporting any doctrine. The sufficient grounds of the confessional doctrine about the church. Article 7 & 8 of the Augsburg …

Family Ethos in the Light of the Reformation

Edward H. Schroeder [From Family Relationships and the Church, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1970, later published in The Promising Tradition: A Reader in Law-Gospel Reconstructionist Theology, ed. By Edward Schroeder, St. Louis, MO, 1973. Reprinted with permission.]   The previous chapter discloses the medieval data on the family strictly speaking. Concern for “family” in the Christian Middle …

Letting the Word Go to All the Trouble and Take the Trouble

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Interaction, October 1969, p. 10-12, 20]   We have a way of saying about someone that he goes to all the trouble, or, in another connection, that he takes the trouble. By way of a pun, we might say the same two things about the Word of God: it goes to all the …

THE CHURCH AND THE ECONOMIC ORDER: SCRIPTURAL AND CONFESSIONAL BASIS

[Address, St. Louis, April 30, 1969] Part One  1. The search is for a “Scriptural and Confessional Basis” of Christian economic ethos. Where to begin looking for such a basis? Try this: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide …

“Immortality”

[A Letter from Robert W. Bertram to Richard Jungkuntz, Jan. 5, 1969]   January 5, 1969 Dr. Richard Jungkuntz Lutheran Building 210 North Broadway St. Louis, Missouri 53102 Dear Dick: That fact that I’ve spent all day – from breakfast yesterday until the wee hours now of Sunday morning – on the CTCT “immorality” materials proves not only …