The WORD for New Orleans

 Robert W. Bertram [1973]   1) Neither pope nor council nor synodical convention can decide that its doctrinal statements are scriptural. Only the scriptural Word can decide that. 2) If there are doctrinal statements which are believed to be scriptural, that belief can never be imposed but, like the Word itself, can only be confessed — from faith …

Poem to John Tietjen On the 20th Anniversary of his Ordination

Robert W. Bertram Michaelmas, 1973 Revelation 12:7-12   “For even in the face of death they would not cling to life”— these dragon-fighting angels, this bloodied brotherhood of Michael’s men. For men they were, though angels too, yet not the sort of angels who already gathered round the throne and faced-to-face with deity. These not yet gloried angels …

INFORMAL REMARKS ON THE HISTORICITY OF ADAM

Robert W. Bertram Presentation, 1973 Question: If we are to be faithful to the Smalcald Articles, Part III, must we not confess along with Luther that sin originated in the historical person of Adam? In other words, does not Luther here express the doctrinal belief that sin entered the world through one man—Adam? Answer: These two questions, at …

GOSPEL REDUCTIONISM: Some Theses for Comment and Discussion

Edward H. Schroeder [Two presentations at the Missouri Forward group of the LC-MS Northern Illinois District, River Forest and Broadview, IL, October 8-9, 1972]   1. The full phrase of the critics, “Law-Gospel Reductionism”, alleges that our theology discards necessary and valued Christian material while we hold to the erroneous opinion that merely holding on to L/G is …

Johann Eck and Jacob Preus – Parallels: 1530 & 1972

Edward H. Schroeder [Part of a presentation given at an LCMS Pastors Conference, Thief River Falls, MN, Sept. 11, 1972. The day was titled “The Praxis of the Forgiveness of Sins: A Response to the Fact- Finders’ Report of the Concordia Seminary Faculty.” Most of this presentation is in outline form, only this segment is written out.]   …

The Lively Use of the Risen Lord

 John 20:19-31 Robert Bertram [Concordia Seminary Chapel, April 13, 1972. Published in Concordia Theological Monthly 43 (July-August, 1972): 438-441. Reprinted with permission.]   So Jesus rose from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples. So What? What is the use of that? By putting the question that way, I run the risk, I know, of sounding flippant, …

Reconsidering Lutheran Identity in an Age of Theological Pluralism and Ecumenical Challenge

Robert W. Bertram∗ [Printed in Lutheran World 20, No. 1 (1973): 3-18.]   Lutheran Identity In “an age of theological pluralism and ecumenical challenge”, what identifies Lutherans as Lutherans? Answer: the way they identify “theological pluralism and ecumenical challenge”. Isn’t that at least one telltale sign of “Lutheran identity”? Might there not be an appropriately Lutheran understanding of …

Encountering The Last Enemy

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Dialog 11. Summer, 1972: 190-194. Reprinted with permission.]   The expression comes from St. Paul: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” It is found in his great chapter on resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15, a chapter that also spells out his view of the span of human history from Adam to the …

Law-Gospel Reductionism in the History of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly 43. April, 1972. Reprinted with permission.]   This essay proposes to trace a segment of the history of hermeneutics in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod insofar as the distinction between Law and Gospel plays a role in that history. The study is important because in recent years one school of thought …

The Orders of Creation—Some Reflections on the History and Place of the Term in Systematic Theology

EDWARD H. SCHROEDER [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly, #43, March, 1972, p 165-178. Reprinted with permission.] The author is professor of systematic and historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In this article, he argues that the concept associated with the term “orders of creation” in current Missouri Synod discussions of the ordination of women is not Lutheran …