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 …

On the Nature of Systematic Theology

(A fragment from the 13 November 1968 meeting of the Concordia Seminary Department of Systematic Theology) ….What is most “systematic” about systematic theology is, not merely that it arranges its material – say, the biblical data – in this or that orderly way, (that much is true of all the theological disciplines) but rather that it consciously and …

Theistic Evidences in Contemporary Protestant Theology

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Vol. 23; Washington D.C.; June 17-20, 1968.]   I have capitulated at the outset to the improbability (if not impossibility) of my chronicling in twenty minutes how contemporary Protestant theology deals with evidences for God. Instead I propose to lead …

Oh Theophilus! Oh G. G.!

Robert W. Bertram [Commencement Address, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, June 9, 1968]   When Robert Kennedy was defeated in the Oregon primaries the other day, he was asked, How does it feel to be the first Kennedy ever to lose an election? He replied, Apart from the distinction, I could just as well do without it. The Kennedy …

The Twice-Free Student

Robert W. Bertram [Delivered at Commencement Service, Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 1, 1968]   There is freedom and there is freedom. There is freedom with a small f and freedom with a capital F. Both freedoms are yours. You are twice free. Of both freedoms we can say, though not in the same way, three …

Our Common Confession and Its Implications for Today

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly 39 (1968): 715-721. Reprinted with permission.]   Editorial Note: At its recent Fourth World Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden the World Council of Churches featured three speakers from three worldwide sectors of Christendom that do not, at present, hold membership in the WCC: one from the Roman Catholic Church, one from …