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 …

Does MAP (Metropolitan Associates of Philadelphia) Need Theology?

Robert W. Bertram [Orally presented for Lutheran Consultation on MAP, Gateway Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, December 5, 1967.]   I. ASKING THE QUESTION A) My presentation comes at the very end of the day’s program, obviously not because I am to speak the last word on the subject but rather because I am to attempt a summing up …

The Layman and His Church: A Theological Study

Edward H. Schroeder [Proceedings of the Lutheran Academy for Scholarship Nov. 1964 meeting. Later printed in The Layman and The Church, edited by Andrew J. Buehner, The Lutheran Academy for Scholarship, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1967.]   In H. Richard Niebuhr’s book on The Purpose of the Church and Its Ministry, he says: “Much confusion and uncertainty in theological …

Reformation by Faith – But Where?

Robert W. Bertram [Baltimore, October 25, 1967]   ABSTRACT If the Reformation was about anything, it was chiefly about the Romans 1: 17 passage, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” In the language of theology, the Reformation was about the doctrine of justification by faith because, of all the things we humans can do, faith is …

Spirituality is for Angels–The Angels of Michael

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Ecumenism, The Spirit and Worship, 126-169. Edited by Leonard J. Swidler. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1967.] [Robert W. Bertram (Lutheran), Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, did advanced study in Catholic theology at the University of Munich (1965-66). His publications include editing Theology in the Life …

The Doctrine of Justification Today

[Address, June 27, 1967] Troeltsch’s objection that the doctrine of justification has outlived its usefulness for modern man may well have underestimated both that doctrine and modern man as well. Could it just be not only that the doctrine of justification still has something to say to us, (which seems almost too grudging a concession to evoke much …

The Theological Promise of the Convention Workbook

 Robert W. Bertram [June 2, 1967] ABSTRACT Theologically the 1967 LCMS Convention Workbook, genuinely struggling to realign its problems around the gospel, offers a promise to the synod. Even when that gospel centrism is criticized by accusers who complain about an alleged “whittling down” all doctrinal issues to “the gospel itself,” in the bargain “the gospel itself” is …

Some Theses for Discussion on the Dogmatic Constitution De Revelatione of the Second Vatican Council

Robert W. Bertram [8 March 1967] ABSTRACT While mirroring our own twin concern for a high doctrine of biblical inspiration and modern biblical studies, the Vatican II document “De Revelatione” also mirrors our own dilemma less of scripture vs. confession (tradition) than that third alternative, traditioning scripture. The Council’s document, however, while surmounting past intellectualism in favor of …